Skyrunning World Championships Gear Up For Re-Start

Skyrunning World Championships

Announcement from the International Skyrunning Federation (ISF). Learn how ATRA is supporting Skyrunning in the United States. Above photo from Some good news to kick off the year’s sporting calendar. The Skyrunning World Championships and Youth World Championships are back with teams from no less than 29 countries participating across the two events. After… Read more »

ATRA Member Spartan Trail World Championship Continues at Argentina’s Patagonia Run

Spartan Trail

Announcement from American Trail Running Association member Spartan Trail. Images by Fotos de Aventura. Last weekend was huge for Argentina’s trail running scene with Patagonia Run’s event in the stunning mountain village of San Martín de los Andes, in Argentina’s Northern Patagonia. Following COVID-19 guidelines and protocols from the local and national authorities, Patagonia Run… Read more »

Run Wild Trail Camp: Community, Adventure, and Belonging

Run Wild Kids Camp

Written by Run Wild Kids Camp co-directors Laura Cortez and Meredith Merkley to share their message of community, adventure and belonging. The camp runs June 1 – August 26, in Denver, Colorado. Educator Mary McLeod Bethune once wisely advised that “We have a powerful potential in our youth, and we must have the courage to… Read more »

ATRA Member GU Energy Labs® and TerraCycle® Celebrate Recycling Milestone

Gu Energy

Announcement from American Trail Running Association member GU Energy Labs. Leading sports nutrition brand GU Energy Labs and international recycling leader TerraCycle® celebrate their six-year partnership with two milestones: upcycling more than 1.7 million pieces of performance nutrition packaging through their Performance Nutrition Recycling Program and a donation to-date of $19,000 to schools and nonprofit… Read more »

WMRA Launches Global Mountain Running Ranking For Athletes

The World Mountain Ranking Association (WMRA) unveils a new global ranking for the sport. Since 1984, the WMRA has been a pioneering institution, key to the global development of Mountain Running. Starting with its first major international competition in 1985, it has gone on to hold 37 World Championships plus 22 World Cups. During this… Read more »

Trail Runner’s Gear Review: Swiftwick Pursuit Sock

Swiftwick Purist Sock

Swiftwick Pursuit Seven Crew Sock reviewed by trail runner Laura Clark. Laura is an avid mountain, trail and snowshoe runner who lives in Saratoga Springs, NY, where she is a children’s librarian. We all know a good sock is worth its weight in gold as blisters are the number one reason folks drop from long… Read more »

Trail Runner’s Book Review: The Ultimate Trail Runner’s Handbook

Trail Runner's Handbook

The Ultimate Trail Runner’s Handbook by Claire Maxted. Bloomsbury Sport, 2021. Reviewed by trail runner Laura Clark. Laura is an avid mountain, trail and snowshoe runner who lives in Saratoga Springs, NY, where she is a children’s librarian. We have all fallen victim to coffee table envy – Emelie Forsberg’s book Sky Runner, Alexis and… Read more »

Behind The La Sportiva Cyklon Development With BOA’s Dan Feeney, Ph.D.


American Trail Running Association member BOA® Technology is continuing to push boundaries in trail running shoe technology with the release of the upcoming La Sportiva Cyklon. This new model, similar to previous BOA-powered trail running shoes, includes the patented fitting technology, the BOA® Fit System, which incorporates “a micro-adjustable dial, super-strong lightweight laces, and low-friction… Read more »

ATRA Member BOA® Technology Announces White Paper on Improved Performance

BOA Technology

Announcement from American Trail Running Association corporate member BOA® Technology. Second white paper publishes detailed data on how athlete performance is improved with the BOA Fit System. BOA® Technology announces the publication of a second peer-reviewed white paper by Footwear Science that further validates improvements in athletic performance through biomechanical changes directly related to BOA… Read more »

Elite Mountain & Trail Runners Comment on Upcoming World Championship in Thailand

Announcement from the International Trail Running Association (ITRA). The best women and men from federations around the globe will go head-to-head in first-ever world championship in Thailand. Prize money indicates the growth and popularity of trail & mountain running. Never in the history of athletics has there been a unified competition for trail and mountain… Read more »

US Trail Running Conference Webinar Provides Actionable Steps to Grow Trail Communities


Webinar recap from American Trail Running Association partner US Trail Running Conference. Industry experts outline successful initiatives that have contributed to positive and sustainable growth The third webinar in a nine-webinar series introduced by the US Trail Running Conference and presented by the leading trail registration platform UltraSignup, was hosted on Thursday, March 25. The… Read more »

Tayte Pollmann’s Top Five Mountain Outpost Videos

Mountain Outpost

Since 2016, The Mountain Outpost Youtube channel, featuring Schuyler Hall and Jamil Coury, has produced some of the most popular and creative trail running-related videos. Over the years, the channel has published several creatively themed playlists including Mountain Outhouse News, Run Flat, Stay Low, wacky running-related challenges, a weekly live-streamed podcast, and much more. After… Read more »

The Art of Resilience for Trail Runners

Nancy Hobbs

Resilience article written by Jeff Kidahl for the spring 2021 issue of our quarterly Trail Times newsletter. The beauty of trail running is that it teaches us awareness. This awareness delineates reality from perception – even though perception drives reality. The essence of being endurance athletes is our ability to withstand prolonged hardship, difficulty, stress,… Read more »

How Trail Running Can Be a Restorative Business to Save the Planet

Written by Terry Chiplin, Director of American Trail Running Association partner US Trail Running Conference. Terry lives in Estes Park, Colorado where he coaches and organizes trail running camps for athletes for all ages and ability levels.  It turns out that human beings love problem solving. We are not just good at it, we are… Read more »

inov-8 Launches TRAILFLY ULTRA G 300 MAX™ With Graphene-enhanced Cushioned Foam


Announcement from American Trail Running Association member inov-8, the only brand in the world to use Graphene in sports footwear. inov-8 has unveiled the world’s first-ever running shoes to utilize a Graphene-enhanced foam, bucking the carbon plate trend and doubling the industry standard for longevity. Collaborating with Graphene experts at The University of Manchester, the… Read more »

How to Run Pikes Peak in Summer and Winter

Pikes Peak

One of the best parts of being the designated “Trail Trotter” for the American Trail Running Association is the exciting adventures I find myself partaking in to cover stories of the incredible happenings in the trail running community. Last month, I accompanied and filmed trail runners Alex Nichols and Brandon Stapanowich (pictured above) on a… Read more »