Chase and Hobbs collaborate on a series of four trail running guide books

American Trail Running Association (ATRA) president Adam W. Chase and executive director Nancy Hobbs have joined forces again to coauthor a series of four trail running guide books. These “where-to” guides follow on the heels of their successful “how-to” book, The Ultimate Guide to Trail Running, first published in 2001, with a second edition published in 2010, and translated into Japanese in 2012. This new series of Best Trail Runs guide books are published by Falcon Guides®.

“Working together again with Nancy was a no-brainer,” said Chase. “And we were fortunate to find great local trail runners in each of the four communities to help us locate and photograph the trails shared in these guidebooks.”

“We are excited to share our love of running with our trail community through this series of guide books,” added Hobbs. “Researching these guides has re-introduced us to our favorite trails and provided us an opportunity to look at each trail through a different lens; that of a first-timer on the trail. Likewise, we have been introduced to many new trails and found hidden gems to share with our followers.”

Author Nancy Hobbs researching trails for the San Francisco guide book.

Starting with the publication of the Denver/Boulder/Colorado Springs edition this month, which included a third partner in Peter Jones, author of The Best Front Range Trail Runs, the series continues with guides for Portland and Seattle to be published in November 2017. In fall 2018, the San Francisco guide book will round out the series.

Yassine Diboun partnered with Chase and Hobbs as a guest author for the Portland guide. Diboun is a local fixture in Portland’s trail running community where he trains, coaches, and provides support through his business Wy’east Wolfpack. Diboun’s input has been a welcome addition to the Portland guide.

Additionally, locals in the featured cities included American Trail Running Association Director of Marketing Richard Bolt, Tom Lear, George Rehmet, Robert Rhodes, Jamie Mieras, Maria Dalzot, and Tad Davis, who have all explored the trails with Hobbs and Chase.

Author Adam Chase in his natural environment.

Each guide features 40, or more trails complete with maps, color photos, route descriptions and website links for more information on the venues. Interspersed throughout the text are tips for trail runners such as injury prevention, hydration, training, and recovery.

Like the text, the cover photo for each book has been selected with care. Featured on the Colorado edition is Boulder native Melody Fairchild. A professional athlete for more than two decades, Fairchild, mother to Dakota, coaches and directs running camps. Her husband, professional photographer Glen Delman, provided the stunning photo of Fairchild on the trails in Boulder.

Contributor Yassine Diboun (white singlet) finishing the 2015 IAU Trail Championships in Annecy, France.

Yassine Diboun is featured on the Portland guide cover and Maria Dalzot is featured on the Seattle guide cover. Both Diboun and Dalzot have represented the U.S. on international trail and mountain running teams. The trail runner for the San Francisco cover will be announced soon.

To purchase the guides, visit one of the following links:
For Denver/Boulder/Colorado Springs guide:
For Portland guide:
For Seattle guide:
Barnes and Noble:
Indie Bound: