Meet ATRA Trail Ambassador: Beau Beard

Please welcome the twenty ninth American Trail Running Association (ATRA) Trail Ambassador presented by CamelBak, and the fifth in 2019. A resident of Birmingham, Alabama, 35-year-old Dr. Beau Beard is a fixture on and off the trails as an athlete, chiropractor, and volunteer. Nominator Olivia Affuso wrote, “Not only is Dr. Beau Beard an amazing… Read more »

Trail Runner’s Product Review: iBungee Shoe Laces

iBungee Laces reviewed by Jen Ferriss for the American Trail Running Association. Gremlins being sneaky or black magic must have been cast on my shoes at every race or hike I pursued when I first started heading to the nearby Green, Berkshire and Adirondack Mountains. Stopping, bending over with a high heart rate and looking… Read more »

Tayte Pollmann’s Tuesday Trail Tip: How to Fix Your Niggles

Tayte Pollmann’s articles are supported by American Trail Running Association corporate member Nike Trail Running. You can follow Tayte’s adventures on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. What is a “niggle?” Niggles are what I call small discomforts in your muscles that usually heal quickly without medical attention and most often don’t hamper a runner’s ability to continue… Read more »

Skyrunning announces North American Championship

Press release from American Trail Running Association partner International Skyrunning Federation (ISF). Photos from the Barr Trail Mountain Race. The International Skyrunning Federation is pleased to announce the 2019 Skyrunning North American Championship which will be held in Colorado on Sunday, July 28, 2019 at the iconic Barr Trail Mountain Race on the famous Pikes… Read more »

Italian Mountain Running Champions Named at Trofeo Nasego

Story written by Italian running journalist Alberto Stretti and edited by Richard Bolt. Photo credits D. Benedetto and M. Gulberti (for corsainmontagna.it). You can read Corsa in Montagna’s Italian language Trofeo Nasego race summary on their website. Last weekend, the Trofeo Nasego race hosted Italy’s mountain running national championship where local hero’s went up against… Read more »

Congratulations Tailwind Nutrition on Receiving Colorado Governor’s Award

Press release from American Trail Running Association Double-track member and Colorado based sports nutrition company Tailwind Nutrition. Colorado-based sports drink manufacturer, Tailwind Nutrition, is proud to be named the recipient of the 2019 Governor’s Award for Excellence in Exporting. The award, a joint recognition from the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT)… Read more »

Highlights From Last Week’s Active at Altitude Spring Trail Running Camp

Tayte Pollmann’s articles are supported by American Trail Running Association corporate member Nike Trail Running. You can follow Tayte’s adventures on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Active at Altitude is an ATRA member and partner in organizing the annual US Trail Running Conference. Last week I helped coach runners at the six day Active at Altitude Spring… Read more »

Our View from the Pack series presented by RaidLight shines a spotlight on Kathleen O’Neill

In this series of articles, the American Trail Running Association recognizes and celebrates trail race volunteers and trail runners like Kathleen O’Neill who are inspiring everyday athletes committed to growing trail running in their community. “View from the Pack” is supported by ATRA corporate member RaidLight. Nominator Ian Torrence writes, “Flagstaff’s Kathleen O’Neill comes to… Read more »

Oprah, Graduation and Trail Running

As I prepared to listen to Oprah Winfrey’s Colorado College commencement address this morning, I was sure her message would somehow relate to trail running. Of course I think everything relates to trail running. I wrote a piece about the similarities between baseball and trail running a few years ago, and I often think about… Read more »

Trail Runner’s Book Review: Sport Smoothies

Sport Smoothies: More than 65 Recipes to Boost Your Workouts & Recovery, written by Fern Green. Published by ATRA member VeloPress, 2019. 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. I must admit I have been… Read more »

Records Fall as Jaskowak and Isaac Claim Collegiate Trail Running National Titles

Press release from ATRA partner Collegiate Running Association (CRA). The Collegiate Running Association is a 501(c)3 non-profit with a mission to promote healthy lifestyles among college students by providing and expanding opportunities in the sport of running. CRA organizes annual mountain and trail running championships. Photos by the Collegiate Running Association. Athens, Ohio – Daniel… Read more »

Dynafit Vail Trail Running Series Kicks Off This Weekend

Press release from the Vail Recreation District (VRD). Vail Recreation District is an ATRA corporate member and provides limited free trail race entries for ATRA members through our monthly e-newsletter giveaway program. Written by Eric Henderson. Colorado’s longest-tenured trail running series will serve as the unofficial summer kick off for mountain runners with its first… Read more »

Tayte Pollmann’s Tips for Eco-Friendly Road Trips

Tayte Pollmann’s articles are supported by American Trail Running Association corporate member Nike Trail Running. You can follow Tayte’s adventures on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Road trips are a great way to get away for a trail running vacation, but it can often be harder to be eco-friendly when we’re away from home. On the road,… Read more »

A Different Kind of Monster: The Mt. Baldy Run-to-the-Top

The following trail race profile was written by race director Tracy Sulkin. Photos by Peter Maksimow who is a 2-time winner of the race. The 2019 Mt. Baldy Run-to-the-Top takes place on September 2. The 54th annual Mt. Baldy Run-to-the-Top is a destination trail race in Southern California with a monster climb to the 10,064-foot… Read more »

Trail Running Product Review: Illuminate the Night with RunLites

RunLites by Mangata reviewed by Laura Clark. Laura is an avid mountain, trail and snowshoe runner who lives in Saratoga Springs, NY, where she is a children’s librarian. Photo above by Pamela Delsignore at Moreau State Park. RunLites are an amazingly versatile hand held light and must-have item that should take up residence in every… Read more »

UltraSlide, Ultra-Fun: A Core Routine With Slideboard Exercises

Tayte Pollmann’s articles are supported by American Trail Running Association corporate member Nike Trail Running. You can follow Tayte’s adventures on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. UltraSlide Slideboards are a unique piece of fitness equipment that you can use to enhance your strength training for trail running. Hockey, speed skating, tennis, baseball, football and many other sports… Read more »

Tayte’s Trail Tips: How to Choose the Best Gym

Tayte Pollmann’s articles are supported by American Trail Running Association corporate member Nike Trail Running. You can follow Tayte’s adventures on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Gyms are a great place for trail runners looking to rehabilitate after injury, stay injury free, strengthen running-related muscles and supplement their trail running with cross training or fitness classes. Some… Read more »