2013 USA Mountain, Ultra & Trail National Championships

The 2013 trail running season is well underway but there are still several national championship races on the calendar.  From 10k to 100 miles and on steep mountain slopes, there’s a championship for all experiences levels.  +USA Track & Field mountain, ultra & trail running championships feature some of the fastest elite trail runners but are… Read more »

Max King’s Running Tip of the Month

The following article was written by Max King and originally printed in The Footzone Bend’s May e-mail newsletter.  Reprinted with permission from The Footzone Bend and Max King. Max King, 1st place, 1:15:48. 2012 USA 1/2 Marathon Trail National Championships It’s trail time. Trails are opening up more and more every week, we’re getting into… Read more »

Hydration season is coming. Are you geared up?

Hello Trail Runners! We’ve got a great offer from ATRA corporate member Salomon Running. “Receive a free Sense Hydro S-Lab set with purchase of any Salomon footwear”. To get the coupon (pictured), email your mailing address to richardbolt at trailrunner dot com. As a bonus I’ll also send you an ATRA bumper sticker – woo… Read more »

New Hampshire to host the 2013 USA Mountain Running Championships

US Mountain Running Team Staff On July 21, 2013, Cranmore, NH, will host the USA Mountain Running Championships. The event will also be the sole selection race for the US Mountain Running Team (USMRT), as well as the host of the North American Central American Caribbean (NACAC) Championships. USA Track & Field (USATF) members will… Read more »

Trail running on lava rocks in Hawaii

Traveling to Hawaii for a trail running vacation can provide a diversion from the standard single track fare. Of course there is an abundance of this variety of trail, but likewise, there is the uniqueness of running on volcanoes – some dormant, some active – and realizing a new type of off-road running. On the… Read more »

World Masters Mountain Running Championships set for Czech Republic

Janské Lázné, Czech Republic, will host the 13th WMRA/WMA Masters World Mountain Running Championships on August 31. The event is organized annually by a host club who submits a bid which must be supported by the respective IAAF-member nation and is sanctioned jointly by the World Masters Athletics (WMA), and the World Mountain Running Association… Read more »

Max King’s Running Tip of the Month

The following article was written by Max King and originally printed in The Footzone Bend’s April e-mail newsletter.  Reprinted with permission from The Footzone Bend and Max King. The Footzone is a locally owned full service running store in Bend, Oregon It’s time to get racing, or at least put one on the schedule for… Read more »

ATRA Notes – April 2013

ATRA Notes is a monthly email newsletter for race directors, trail runners and members. You can now find ATRA Notes reprinted on this blog! If you are not already an ATRA member, simply visit this link to join today.   New! ATRA Socks: If you are interested in having your own pair of ATRA socks…send… Read more »

Trail running for a cause – Run d’Haiti

Story by IV Whitman – originally published in ATRA’s Trail Times Newsletter– Volume 18, Number 63 – Spring 2013 We run to get fit, to win, to help, to remember and to say we’ve done “it.” But most of us run each day for the simple pleasure of getting outside and breathing to the determined… Read more »

Race Report: Through the Mist at Moby Dick

Story by Laura Clark – originally published in ATRA’s Trail Times Newsletter – Volume 18, Number 63 – Spring 2013 Photo from runwmac.com Since it was first published in 1851, Herman Melville’s classic Moby Dick has come to symbolize everyman’s quest for something beyond day-to-day trivia, a reach outside the box toward a larger justification. And… Read more »

Defining our sport – mountain running

Trail and mountain running have been categorized using several elements to include terrain/surface, elevation (gain or loss), and distance. Trail running the Grand Canyon – Photo by Jared Scott In the United States, mountain running and trail running are often used interchangeably and in most cases, refer to the same type of running in terms… Read more »

Inaugural trail running conference announced

For the first time, trail runners will have a conference dedicated to their “sport.” The Inaugural Estes Trail Ascent will be held June 20-22, 2013, in Estes Park, Colorado, at the world-renowned Stanley Hotel. The conference will include break-out sessions and seminars led by experts in their respective fields. Topics to be covered range from… Read more »

Book Review: Dandelion Growing Wild, by Kim Jones

Sometimes a connection is felt when reading another’s personal life story and this is one of those times. Over the past few days, I have enjoyed pouring through the 21 chapters in Kim Jones’ recently self-published autobiography, Dandelion Growing Wild: A triumphant journey over astounding odds by American marathon champion. Although not known as a trail… Read more »

OrthoLite renews partnership with ATRA

The American Trail Running Association (ATRA) is pleased to announce that OrthoLite has renewed their partnership and will continue to be known as the official insole of ATRA. OrthoLite has been a major supporter of ATRA for nearly a decade, the most of which has been as an official partner. “We are thrilled to continue OrthoLite’s… Read more »

World Mountain Running Association concludes annual meeting

The World Mountain Running Association (WMRA) held its annual council meeting January 11-13, 2013. The three-days of meetings for the nine-member council were held at the Marriott hotel located on the Riviera, La Porte de Monaco. The first two days of meetings dealt with the many programs which the WMRA oversees to include the signature… Read more »

USATF Mountain Ultra Trail Championships announced

Max King wins the 2012 USA 50k Trail Championships At the USATF annual meetings in Daytona Beach, Florida, in early December, the mountain ultra trail council awarded 2013 championship designation to events in seven states. The events include the following: USA 100km Trail – January 12, Bandera, TX-Bandera 100K USA 50 Mile Trail – March… Read more »

USATF Mountain Ultra Trail Council announces 2012 runners of the year

The Mountain/Ultra/Trail running (MUT) council of long distance running has named the 2012 USATF Mountain Runners of the year, Ultra Runners of the Year, Trail Runners of the Year, Trail Championship Series winners, and Contributor of the Year. The following individuals will be recognized at the USATF Annual Meetings in Daytona Beach on December 1…. Read more »

Switch Eyewear sunglasses for trail running

Sunglasses are essential for outdoor athletes and should be included in every trail runner’s repertoire. Therefore, it is important to find a pair that performs well in any number of conditions — sunshine, glare, wind, dust and blowing debris, and glare. With so many different brands on the market, it can be a daunting task… Read more »

2007 US National Snowshoe Championship Results

The Seventh Annual 2007 United States National Snowshoe Championship March 9 & 10 2007 Elm Creek Park Preserve in Maple Grove, MN Just outside of Minneapolis, Minnesota Participation in the National Champs. Events by State/Country State Participants MN 52 WI 22 NY 18 CO 12 IA 7 CA 5 MI 5 MA 4 VT 4… Read more »