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 »

Featured Trail Town – Monterey, California

Monterey

Welcome to another installment of our “Trail Town” series spotlighting Monterey County. Nestled along the rugged California coast, this one-time center of the sardine-packing industry, offers scenic beauty and recreational opportunities like trail running, surfing, cycling and hiking. Trail Town When you think of Monterey County, trail running might not be the first thing that… Read more »

Elite Field Ready for 2021 Golden Trail World Series

Announcement from the Golden Trail World Series supported by Salomon. Salomon is a long time member of the American Trail Running Association. The 2021 Golden Trail World Series (GTWS) edition is on track with a pre-registered starting list at the highest level it’s ever seen. An elite compilation from across the world ready to thrash… Read more »

Ten Essential Oils that Benefit Trail Runners

Essential Oils

This essential oils article was written by Jenni Hulbert and first appeared in the spring 2021 issue of our Trail Times newsletter.  Imagine bottling up the smell of the forest after an epic trail run! Essential oils are the natural aromatic compounds extracted through steam distillation or cold pressing the seeds, flowers, stems, leaves, bark,… Read more »

USA Track & Field Spotlights ATRA Founder Nancy Hobbs

Nancy Hobbs

American Trail Running Association founder and executive director Nancy Hobbs was featured yesterday in USA Track & Field’s (USATF) Tuesdays With Toyota, a monthly Instagram campaign spotlighting the national athletic federation’s most dedicated members. Under Nancy’s leadership, ATRA just launched a dedicated web-page for USATF’s Mountain, Ultra and Trail Running programs. Here’s what USATF wrote… Read more »

The Four “C’s” of The Funny Runner

The Funny Runner

Brittany Charboneau, “The Funny Runner,” is establishing herself as one of the top trail runners in the United States, but her lifestyle as an elite athlete isn’t as “serious” as you might expect. Since diving into the sport of trail running in 2019, she’s set an Fastest Known Time (FKT) on the Maroon Bells Four… Read more »

Transition from Winter to Spring Trail Running Training

Trail Running Training

Training article written by Stephen R. Santangelo for the Spring 2021 edition of our Trail Times newsletter. Stephen has been in the fitness industry since 1979 and created his own specialty exercises & programs based upon the anthropological movement of the human body. Winter training is time to develop “aerobic capacity” (AC) which is a… Read more »

A Perfect Season End at the Garnet Hill Snowshoe Race

Garnet Hill Snowshoe

The Garnet Hill Snowshoe Race report was written by ATRA contributor Laura Clark (pictured above wearing florescent yellow). Laura is an avid mountain, trail and snowshoe runner who lives in Saratoga Springs, New York, where she is a children’s librarian. A perfect ending is the one which leaves you wishing for more and that is… Read more »

It’s “Game on” for Vail, Colorado’s GoPro Mountain Games

Announcement from American Trail Running Association corporate member GoPro Mountain Games. It is an announcement that mountain sports fans have been anticipating for months: The athletic, art, music and mountain lifestyle event GoPro Mountain Games are officially a GO for June 10-13, 2021. Organizers from the nonprofit Vail Valley Foundation, which hosts the event each… Read more »

Catching Up With Schuyler Hall of The Mountain Outpost

Schuyler Hall

Since diving into the trail running scene in 2016, 32-year-old Schuyler Hall, known also by his DJ alias Skizzle Fresh, has made a name for himself in the trail running community, most notably as a YouTube personality featured on the popular Mountain Outpost channel. Hall continues to bring his wealth of running knowledge and humor… Read more »

Matt Lipsey’s Trail Running Comeback and Artistic Reboot

Matt Lipsey

Matt Lipsey, known on Instagram as Matthias Lipshitz, is bringing a fresh sense of creativity to trail running through his personal style as well as his drawings and sketches. Lipsey, a two-time Team USA member in Skyrunning and snowshoe racing, has always enjoyed drawing, but didn’t see it as much of a path until he… Read more »

Trail Runner’s Gear Review: Nathan Run Safe Face Mask

Nathan

Nathan’s Run Safe Face Mask 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. Flask provided free of charge by Nathan. Retail Price $19.99. If you are like me, you have been struggling with the necessity of… Read more »

Mirna Valerio Leads US Trail Running Conference DEI Webinar

Mirna

Announcement from American Trail Running Association (ATRA) partner US Trail Running Conference. Webinar sponsor Salomon is a long-time member of ATRA. Over 120 participated in webinar on Diversity, Equity & Inclusion focused on Black, Indigenous, and People of Color. The second webinar in a nine-webinar series introduced by the US Trail Running Conference was hosted… Read more »

Trail Runner’s Gear Review: Nathan SpeedDraw Plus Insulated Flask

Nathan

Nathan’s SpeedDraw Plus Insulated Flask 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. Flask provided free of charge by Nathan. Retail Price $36.95. As an aficionado of longish snowshoe races, I have been on a quest… Read more »

UltraSignup Joins as Presenting Sponsor for US Trail Running Conference

UltraSignup

Announcement from American Trail Running Association (ATRA) partner US Trail Running Conference. UltraSignup also powers membership registration for ATRA – join today! Largest trail running registration platform in North America to partner with industry-leading event. Active at Altitude, organizers of the US Trail Running Conference, has announced that UltraSignup will be the Presenting Sponsor for… Read more »

Announcing Our New Video Series: The Ridgeline

Ridgeline

Welcome to the Ridgeline, a new video series from the American Trail Running Association (ATRA) sharing tips and techniques for trail runners of all ability levels. This video series will also feature stories of hope, motivation, and determination to support our 2021 theme – Resilience. Our audience can look forward to Ridgeline interviews with elite… Read more »

Trail Runner’s Book Review – Exercised: Why Something We Never Evolved to Do Is Healthy and Rewarding

Virtual Challenge

Exercised: Why Something We Never Evolved to Do Is Healthy and Rewarding, by Daniel E. Lieberman. Pantheon Books, 2020. 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. How many of us are exercised (read: upset, agitated)… Read more »

Inov-8 Founder Wayne Edy is Back and Preparing New World-First Shoe

Wayne Edy

Announcement from American Trail Running Association corporate member inov-8. Founder Wayne Edy is back leading inov-8, who are preparing to launch the biggest sports footwear innovation of 2021. Edy bought back the sports company from Descente last year and has kept it under wraps while spearheading the design of a revolutionary new running shoe. The… Read more »