Featured Trail Town – San Luis Obispo

Welcome to another installment of our “Trail Town” series of articles. These articles feature a trail running town that you should put on your bucket list of places to visit! This month we feature San Luis Obispo in Coastal California with a population of 46,000 full time residents. San Luis Obispo, California San Luis Obispo,… Read more »

Book Review: When Running Made History

When Running Made History, by Roger Robinson. Syracuse University Press, 2018. Book review 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. One of her favorite races is the Greylock Uphill Road Race, an 8 mile hill climb… Read more »

Tayte Pollmann’s Tuesday Trail Tip – Why I Love the Sunday Long Run

Tayte Pollmann’s Tuesday Trail Tips series of articles are supported by American Trail Running Association corporate member Nike Trail Running. Tayte currently trying to make “shake out long run” a thing; a little help? #ShakeOutLongRun  Sundays dictate a long run day in my training schedule. I adopted this routine at the University of Portland, under… Read more »

ATRA Announces Partnership with The Running Event

The American Trail Running Association (ATRA) has signed an agreement with The Running Event and its new owners Diversified Communications to provide content for the inaugural TRAILHEAD Stage at The Running Event (TRE) 2018 scheduled for November 27 to 30, in Austin, TX. The TRAILHEAD Stage will be an interactive, educational area on the trade… Read more »

Mayr and Ndungu win the first mountain running world cup race

This mountain running story & translation by Corsa in Montagna. Photos by Damiano Benedetto and Jonathan Wyatt.  Republished with permission. The 7th times world champion and the Kenyan sensation deserve an important win as the mountain running world cup takes off in Grossglockner. Great organizational frame and a truly deserved IAAF PERMIT label were the… Read more »

American Team Assembled for the 2018 Skyrunning World Championships

Editors note (August 8, 2018): After confirming that Maude Gorman had cheated in several trail races, she has been removed from the team. The following seventeen American athletes will be competing at the 2018 Skyrunning World Championships which will be held from 13-15 September in Kinlochleven in the Scottish Highlands. Races in three skyrunning disciplines… Read more »

Meet ATRA Trail Ambassador – Mark Garrigan

Please welcome our nineteenth American Trail Running Association (ATRA) Trail Ambassador presented by CamelBak, and the seventh in 2018. Mark Garrigan is a trail runner, volunteer, and business owner who ran his first ultramarathon in 2012. That race planted a seed in this 40-year-old from Green Bay, WI, to pursue a dream to build a… Read more »

MacLaughlin and Gray lead record field at Loon Mountain Race

Joseph Gray won his 14th USATF National Championship by over a minute and set the fastest ever time on Upper Walking Boss. Allie MacLaughlin won her second USA Track & Field Mountain Running Championships en-route to making her third US Mountain Running Team. The 6.6-mile course climbs 3200 feet and includes grades of up to… Read more »

Youth Running: A Chat with Dan Kesterson

We recently spoke with Dan Kesterson about youth running and the Youth Runner Elite Middle School Camp he organizes near Mt Hood in Oregon. This camp is designed for girls and boys entering 6th, 7th and 8th grades. Dan is the editor of Youth Runner Magazine which was founded in 1996 and is based near… Read more »

American Runners Compete at World Masters Mountain Running Championships

Zelezniki, Slovenia, played host to the 18th WMRA/WMA World Masters Mountain Running Championships on June 2. This year marked the 18th installment of a world championship mountain running event for to masters athletes ages 35-79. What makes this competition unique is that the athletes race with, and score in their five-year age division. Because the… Read more »

Spring 2018 Trail Running Survey Results

Each spring, the American Trail Running Association conducts a survey to measure trail running trends from our national audience. This year we had a record 2300 responses, nearly triple that of the 2017 survey. Complete survey results are made available to corporate members at the Switchback, Steep & Rocky and All-terrain levels. The following selected outtakes… Read more »

Featured Trail Town – Taos Ski Valley

Welcome to another installment of our “Trail Town” series of articles. These articles feature a trail running town that you should put on your bucket list of places to visit! This month we feature Taos Ski Valley in New Mexico with a population of 78 full time residents. TRAIL TOWN Taos Ski Valley is a… Read more »

Tayte Pollmann’s Tuesday Trail Tip – What’s on the breakfast table of Team USA on race day?

Tayte Pollmann’s Tuesday Trail Tips series of articles are supported by American Trail Running Association corporate member Nike Trail Running. Tayte recently took his first high-speed train trip from Paris to the mountains & trails of Southern France.  This past Sunday, I raced for Team USA at the Long Distance Mountain Running Championships in Karpacz, Poland…. Read more »

U.S. men’s team takes silver; Joseph Gray wins bronze at the 15th Long Distance Mountain Running Championships

On a range of mountains along the Polish / Czech Republic border, Śnieżka peak rises 5259 feet above sea level and would be twice climbed by America’s top off-road runners at the 15th Long Distance Mountain Running Championships. Race morning saw the mountain shrouded in gray clouds, wind and rain with temperatures in the 30s… Read more »

A Trail Runners Travel Tips for Overcoming Jet Lag

Tayte Pollmann’s articles are supported by American Trail Running Association corporate member Nike Trail Running.  Tayte is currently in Karpacz, Poland and still waiting for his checked bag to arrive. I’m grateful for how my running career gives me the opportunity to travel more than I ever have before.  In the past month of May,… Read more »