Resilience: Our Theme for 2021

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The American Trail Running Association (ATRA), announces “Resilience” as our theme for 2021. As trail runners its important for us to build resilience in these times of stress by being compassionate, flexible, reframing frustrations, getting enough rest and of course getting outdoors to run trails! At ATRA, our mission is to represent and promote trail… Read more »

Hey Trail Runners, Take it Easy!

Trail runners aren’t the best at taking it easy. Trail running tends to attract the work-driven “Type-A” personalities who flourish in structured daily training, hard workouts, long adventures on trails and other activities that stress the body. Training can become addictive and the “runners’ high” is a real feeling that leaves some trail runners feeling… Read more »

2021 World Mountain & Trail Running Championship – Team USA Selection

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Written by USA Track & Field’s Mountain Ultra Trail (MUT) Council’s Team Selection Task Force^. Approved by the MUT Executive Committee on January 27, 2020. The inaugural World Mountain & Trail Running Championships is scheduled for November 11-14, 2021 in Chiang Mai, Thailand. This new biennial event is organized by the World Mountain Running Association… Read more »

25th Anniversary Challenge Trail Runner Profile: Jess Clarke

As the non-profit American Trail Running Association approaches a quarter century of service, we are interviewing trail runners from around the United States like Jess Clarke who are participating in our 25th Anniversary Challenge. Through these profiles we’ll introduce you to lesser known every day athletes who are walking, hiking, or trail running their way… Read more »

5 Reasons to Hire a Pro Photographer for your Trail Race

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Written by ATRA Event Standards partner and professional photographer Joe Viger. Everyone wants trail race photographs and the truth is they are everywhere on the internet. After any event, a quick look at social media and you can usually find all sorts of images from athletes and spectators taken with cell phones, posted by hobbyist… Read more »

The Run Show USA: A New Running Expo Coming In 2022

Dean Karnases

Announcement from Jeff Blumenfeld, Director of Media Relations, The Run Show USA 2022. The American Trail Running Association is a Run Show USA partner and will be on-site with an expo booth. Carl Lewis, Dean Karnazes, Susie Chan, Kelly Roberts, Camille Herron and Lazarus Lake are among the running royalty confirmed to appear at the… Read more »

Snowshoe Racing: Circling Around Gurney Lane

Snowshoe Racing

Churney Gurney snowshoe race report written by ATRA contributor Laura Clark. Laura is an avid mountain, trail and snowshoe runner who lives in Saratoga Springs, NY, where she is a children’s librarian. Photos by Jen Ferriss. I’m on my way…off Northway Exit 20 and up onto Gurney Lane Recreation Area to the Churney Gurney 5K… Read more »

Study Finds BOA Fit System Improves Athlete Performance Up To 9%

BOA Fit System

Announcement from American Trail Running Association member BOA® Technology. BOA® Technology is excited to share the publication of a peer-reviewed white paper by Footwear Science validating improvements in athletic performance in footwear developed with the BOA Fit System. BOA’s partnership with the University of Denver began in 2018 to measure the biomechanical impact of its… Read more »

25th Anniversary Challenge Trail Runner Profile: Stephanie Davies

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As the non-profit American Trail Running Association enters a quarter century of service, we are interviewing trail runners from around the United States like Stephanie Davies, who are participating in the winter edition of our 25th Anniversary Challenge. Through these profiles we’ll introduce you to lesser known every day athletes who are walking, hiking, or… Read more »

ATRA member UltraRunning Magazines turns 40

UltraRunning Magazine

Announcement from American Trail Running Association (ATRA) corporate member UltraRunning Magazine. ATRA members get a 25% discount on UltraRunning Magazine. Founded in 1981, UltraRunning Magazine is celebrating 40 years as the Voice of the Sport™ in ultrarunning. The February 2021 issue will provide comprehensive and in-depth historical coverage featuring a summary of each decade written… Read more »

US Trail Running Conference Debut Webinar A Success

Webinar

The first webinar in a nine-webinar series introduced by the US Trail Running Conference was hosted on Thursday January 21. The content focused on and explored the future of safe trail races during the COVID pandemic. Active at Altitude, organizers of the US Trail Running Conference and the webinar series, reported that participation for the… Read more »

Sheldon Subith: Bringing More Native Americans to Trail Running

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Historically, trail running has been a sport dominated by white middle-class males and it’s time for this to change. In recent years, groups such as Black Girls Run, Latinos Run, and United in Stride have encouraged the trail running community to diversify and raised discussion about how to get more participation in the sport among… Read more »

Snowshoe Racing: A Classic Adirondack Experience in Saranac New York

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Cock-a-Doodle-Shoe snowshoe race report written by ATRA contributor Laura Clark. Laura is an avid mountain, trail and snowshoe runner who lives in Saratoga Springs, NY, where she is a children’s librarian. Photos by Jen Ferriss. Now into its ninth year, the Cock-a-Doodle-Shoe Snowshoe Race at the New Land Trust in Saranac, NY is not for… Read more »

ATRA 25th Anniversary Challenge – Winter 2021

25th Anniversary Challenge

Welcome to our Pikes Peak Elevation and Pikes Peak Mileage Virtual Challenge! Since the American Trail Running Association was founded in Colorado Springs, a city along the Front Range of Colorado with a view of Pikes Peak America’s Mountain, we’ll celebrate our founding by offering a distance and elevation virtual challenge related to this iconic… Read more »

25th Anniversary Challenge Trail Runner Profile: Tyler Lahti

Tyler

As the non-profit American Trail Running Association enters a quarter century of service, we are interviewing trail runners from around the United States like Tyler Lahti, who are participating in the winter edition of our 25th Anniversary Challenge. Through these profiles we’ll introduce you to lesser known every day athletes who are walking, hiking, or… Read more »

Tayte Pollmann’s Top Trail Running Feature & Short Films

Trail Running Films

While many races are cancelled due to COVID-19, watching trail running films is a great way of staying connected with the community we love. These films are full of exciting and compelling stories from people and places around the world. Some feature the world’s hardest foot races, and profile athletes undertaking challenges in breathtaking natural… Read more »

A Rolling Start at the Gore Mountain Snowshoe Race

Gore Mountain

Gore Mountain snowshoe race report written by ATRA contributor Laura Clark. Laura is an avid mountain, trail and snowshoe runner who lives in Saratoga Springs, NY, where she is a children’s librarian. Photos by Jen Ferriss and the Gore Mountain Ski Bowl. Remember those classic shots we used to see of runners crowded at the… Read more »