2018/19 World Championships & Opportunities for Elite U.S. Mountain, Trail & Sky Runners

There are several international sport governing organizations which organize World Championship and similar competitions in mountain running, trail running and sky running. The following is a list of those competitions, who organizes them and how American athletes can qualify. There are competitions for athletes ranging in ages from 14 to 79 years old; many require… Read more »

Tayte Pollmann’s Tuesday Trail Tip – Add Fast Downhill Running to Your Training

Tayte Pollmann’s Tuesday Trail Tips series of articles are supported by American Trail Running Association corporate member Nike Trail Running. Tayte is currently ripping it down single-track trails in Colorado.  Photo above – Tayte with his girlfriend Mathilde Sagnes and Anita Ortiz, one of American first female #mountainrunning world championship medalists. One commonly overlooked piece in… Read more »

Our View from the Pack series presented by RaidLight shines a spotlight on Vanessa Shawver

In this new series, the American Trail Running Association recognizes and celebrates trail race volunteers and trail runners who have dedicated themselves as everyday athletes to grow trail running in their community. “View from the Pack” is supported by ATRA corporate member RaidLight. Nominator Andy Shawver writes, “Vanessa Shawver has become a distinct part of… Read more »

Trail Runner’s Book Review: Running Anatomy

Running Anatomy, 2nd edition, by Joe Puleo and Patrick Milroy, Human Kinetics, 2019.  Book review by trail runner Laura Clark. Whether you are a recreational or a competitive runner, there comes a time when either youth or beginner’s magic fails to guarantee improvement. There is a saying that every new runner has a ten year… Read more »

Pikes Peak Marathon to implement drug testing at 2018 races

Press release from ATRA member Pikes Peak Marathon Inc.  EDITORS NOTE: Any Lab Test Now and their testing partner, Quest Diagnostics, are not certified by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA).  Test results from Pike Peak, including those deemed to be “positive,” can’t be recognized by USADA, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), USA Track & Field… Read more »

Meet ATRA Trail Ambassador – Emily Wheeler

Please welcome the eighteenth American Trail Running Association (ATRA) Trail Ambassador presented by CamelBak, and sixth in 2018. Forty-two year old Emily Wheeler, a former wellness director for the YMCA, builds community through running, volunteering, organizing events, and club management. Nominator Nicole Craig wrote, “Emily helps out many of the local running clubs and trail… Read more »

US Team Selection Criteria for 2019 Trail World Championships

Written by USATF Mountain Ultra Trail (MUT) Running Executive Committee members Richard Bolt, Nancy Hobbs, Alex Varner and Jason Bryant and approved by the MUT Executive Committee. The Trail World Championship is regulated by the International Association of Ultrarunners (IAU) under the patronage of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) and with their technical… Read more »

Tayte Pollmann’s Tuesday Trail Tip – French Pyrénées Edition

Tayte Pollmann’s Tuesday Trail Tips series of articles are supported by American Trail Running Association corporate member Nike Trail Running. Tayte is currently living, training and definitely not cow tipping in the French Pyrénées. Mountains are unpredictable and require you to be a little more flexible.  This weeks trail running pro tip is inspired by my… Read more »

US Team Selection Criteria for 2019 World Long Distance Mountain Running Championships

Written by USA Track & Field’s Mountain Ultra Trail (MUT) Running Executive Committee members Richard Bolt, Nancy Hobbs, Jason Bryant, Max King and Melody Fairchild.  Approved by the MUT Executive Committee for publication on May 25, 2018.  The World Long Distance Mountain Running Championships is regulated by the World Mountain Running Association (WMRA) under the… Read more »

Tayte Pollmann’s Tuesday Trail Tip – Overcoming Injuries With A Positive Mental Attitude

Tayte Pollmann’s Tuesday Trail Tips series of articles are supported by American Trail Running Association corporate member Nike Trail Running. As an 18 year old, Tayte finished 3rd at the 2015 USATF Trail Marathon Championships (pictured above) and won the 2017 52k Broken Arrow Skyrace. I’ve been dealing with some chronic Achilles issues and this… Read more »

#TayteonTrails: 10 Things I Like to Do When I’m Not Trail Running

#TayteOnTrails is written by our new Project Associate and NIKE TRAIL RUNNING pro Tayte Pollman.  This new series of articles follows Tayte around the globe as he trains, races and learns about the places he visits.  Tayte is a recent graduate of the University of Portland,  bronze medalist from the 2017 World Long Distance Mountain… Read more »

How one county in Colorado is elevating the standard for trail LOVE

Trails need our help! American Trail Running Association vice president Ellen Miller, shares a new initiative in her home state designed to respond to that need. This is a program that could certainly be modeled in other regions across the country. In Eagle County/White River National Forest, the public that uses the trails created a… Read more »

Tayte Pollmann’s Tuesday Trail Tip – add adventure to your trail runs

Tayte Pollmann’s Tuesday Trail Tips series of articles are supported by American Trail Running Association corporate member Nike Trail Running.  Tayte finished 3rd at the 2017  World Long Distance Mountain Running Championships and was a member of the junior US Mountain Running Team at the 2015 World Mountain Running Championships (#461 pictured above). Tuesday Trail Tip… Read more »

Book Review: Run Forever by Amby Burfoot

Run Forever, by Amby Burfoot. Hachette Book Group, 2018. Reviewed by trail runner Laura Clark. While sustainability is the new buzzword, spawning a return to cloth napkins and wooden toys, a true lifestyle approach should embrace more than just the outer trappings and delve more deeply into personal motivation. As runners, we choose an outdoor-centered… Read more »