Sarah Keyes is Back! Wins Western States Golden Ticket

Sarah Keyes is on a comeback. She recently placed third at the highly competitive Black Canyon Ultras 100-Kilometer Run, her first major trail race in nearly two years since suffering a bone injury back in 2019. Keyes is an accomplished ultrarunner based in Saranac Lake, New York in the heart of the Adirondack Mountains. Sarah… Read more »

Snowshoe Racing: The Frigus Snowshoe Race

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The Frigus Snowshoe Race report was written by ATRA contributor Laura Clark. Laura is an avid mountain, trail and snowshoe runner who lives in Saratoga Springs, New York, where she is a children’s librarian. Photos by Mike Seman. The above emblem is probably all you need to know to get the rough idea: a wasted… Read more »

Gnar Gnar to host 2021 USATF Mountain Running Championships

On February 18, the USATF Mountain Ultra Trail council unanimously approved the Gnar Gnar race to host the 2021 USATF Mountain Running Championships. The event will be held on August 15 at Mt. Hood Ski Bowl, located at Government Camp, Oregon, and is one of many quality events from American Trail Running Association member Go… Read more »

2021 IAU 50 Kilometer World Championship – Team USA Selection

[Updated April 29, 2021] The USATF Road 50 Kilometer National Team will compete at the 2021 International Association of Ultrarunners (IAU) 50 Kilometer World Championships under the patronage of the WA (World Athletics) on October 31 in Chinese Taipei. Team USA will include up to six male and six female athletes. The Team (and alternates),… Read more »

2021 IAU 24 Hour World Championship – Team USA Selection

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Editor’s Note: Due to the limited number of competitions and inability for athletes to travel and readily compete, the qualifying window for the 2021 U.S. National 24 Hour Team to the 2021 IAU 24 Hour World Championship has been extended thru 5/2/2021 to allow five additional month for qualifying. The International Association of Ultrarunners has… Read more »

Spartan Trail & Pacific Coast Trail Runs to host Golden Gate Trail Classic

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Announcement from ATRA corporate member Spartan® with quotes from ATRA member Dean Karnazes and ATRA advisory board member Greg Lanctot. San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge and Trails of Marin & Mount Tamalpais set the stage for North America’s only Spartan Trail World Championship event. Spartan®, the world’s leading endurance sports and wellness brand, has teamed… Read more »

What’s The Buzz On Vert?

“Vert,” short for vertical elevation gain, is becoming a buzzword in the trail running community as much as other commonly used terms such as mileage or pace. With GPS technology becoming more readily available in running watches or in phone apps like Strava or Garmin Connect runners can easily track their vertical gain on any… Read more »

ATRA Member Salomon Announces North American Golden Trail National Series

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Announcement from American Trail Running Association Steep and Rocky member Salomon.  New United States and Canada-based series will shine a spotlight on competitive trail running across five races in 2021 ATRA member Salomon announces the launch of the North American Golden Trail National Series (GTNS), inviting trail runners across North America to run the five-race… Read more »

Saratoga Winterfest Snowshoe Race actually features…Snow!

Saratoga Winterfest

Saratoga Winterfest 5K 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. This may seem like a no-brainer but for the first time in many years, Saratoga Winterfest Snowshoe 5K… Read more »

8 Trail Running Tips: How to get started

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Want to get started trail running but are unsure where to begin?  Here are 8 simple tips for beginners and first time trail runners. You’ve read a few things about trail running and even had a few friends tell you a thing or two about the sport, but you are still apprehensive about giving it… Read more »

Nicholas Turco Making Strides for LGBTQ Inclusion in Trail Running

Nicholas Turco is working to create a more inclusive college and trail running community. This 22-year-old University of Colorado Boulder (CU) student is researching the sports climate for LGBTQ student-athletes at his university and fundraising for an endowment project that aims to increase inclusivity of the LGBTQ community within NCAA sports. At the same time,… Read more »

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Webinar to be hosted by US Trail Running Conference

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American Trail Running Association member Salomon & Running Industry Diversity Coalition to co-sponsor and Mirna Valerio to be lead trainer. Active at Altitude, organizers of the US Trail Running Conference, announces that Mirna Valerio will be the lead trainer for the second in their webinar series, focused on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) on February… Read more »

10 Trail Running Stories of Resilience From 2020

To kick off the new year, we at the American Trail Running Association (ATRA) have recently announced our 2021 theme: “resilience.” This guiding theme inspires us showcase the creative and innovative ways our community is staying strong in spite of a global pandemic. Trail race directors are adapting to stage covid-safe events. Brands are creating… Read more »

25th Anniversary Challenge Trail Runner Profile: Grace Taylor

Grace Taylor

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 Grace Taylor 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 »

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 »