Book Review: The Pursuit of Endurance: Harnessing the Record-Breaking Power of Strength and Resilience

The Pursuit of Endurance: Harnessing the Record-Breaking Power of Strength and Resilience, by Jennifer Pharr Davis. Viking, 2018. Book review written by trail runner Laura Clark for the Fall 2018 edition of our Trail Times newsletter. Laura is an avid mountain, trail and snowshoe runner who lives in Saratoga Springs, NY, where she is a… Read more »

Meet ATRA Trail Ambassador – Peter Downing

Please welcome the twenty fourth American Trail Running Association (ATRA) Trail Ambassador presented by CamelBak, and the twelfth and final in 2018. Runner, race director, volunteer, and trail advocate all describe Peter Downing who, at age 64, has been in the outdoor industry for nearly four decades. Nominator Ellen Miller wrote, “I have known Peter… Read more »

Bust Out of Holiday Calorie-Buzz: Meet Your Nutritional Needs to Run Smarter and Happier

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. As the holidays approach, so do the familiar smells and flavors reminiscent of the season. Those of turkeys (or Tofurkies), mashed potatoes, stuffing, eggnog, gingerbread cookies, and pumpkin pie. Surrounded by… Read more »

Give your favorite trail runner the gift of holiday beer

Let’s face it, during the holidays we sometimes get stuff that we don’t exactly want, or necessarily need. Rather than getting your favorite trail runner “stuff” that will probably just get placed in the closet full of other new stuff, why not just get the gift of holiday cheer, in the form of beer! Beer… Read more »

Survey reveals trail runner preferences from the 2018 Moab Trail Marathon

Several times a year the American Trail Running Association (ATRA) conducts surveys to measure trends within our sport, collect demographic profiles of its participants and analyze their preferences. Following the Moab Trail Marathon held in Moab, Utah this past November, we conducted a survey of race participants in the marathon, half marathon, and 5k. A summary of… Read more »

Tayte Pollmann’s Tuesday Trail Tip – Mental Fitness

Tayte Pollmann’s Tuesday Trail Tips series of articles are supported by American Trail Running Association corporate member Nike Trail Running. You can follow Tayte’s adventures on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. This past Saturday, I awoke from a two hour anesthesia nap in the London Independent Hospital and saw my left leg hidden from knee to… Read more »

World Snowshoe Federation – Call for Officer Nominations

With over 80 snowshoe races in our 2018/19 calendar, the American Trail Running Association is a strong supporter snow running & snowshoe racing; sports with strong crossover in the mountain, ultra and trail running community. ATRA President Adam Chase, ATRA Secretary Brandy Erholtz and ATRA Director of Marketing Richard Bolt are all current members of… Read more »

Happy Plogging Day from Peter Maksimow

Our Outreach & Partnership Specialist, Peter Maksimow, will be celebrating his birthday on December 7th. Instead of receiving presents for his birthday, he would like to make a call out to all his trail running friends nation-wide, and around to world, to take a brief moment to “plog”; which is picking up trash while running… Read more »

Holiday Gift Ideas from Trail Runners

The holiday season is upon us, and it’s a great time to think about gift ideas for friends and family. You’re friends at the American Trail Running Association (ATRA) would like to share some of our top picks of running and non-running related holiday gifts. We hope you enjoy! Ashley Brasovan – Hoka One One… Read more »

Meet ATRA Trail Ambassador – Scott Magee

Please welcome the twenty third American Trail Running Association (ATRA) Trail Ambassador presented by CamelBak, and the eleventh in 2018. Scott Magee, age 43, is a trail runner, trail race director, trail steward and volunteer. Scott’s Twisted Branch Ultra is an American Trail Running Association member event. Wrote nominator Laura Howard, “Scott’s love of trail… Read more »

A Mountain Runner Visits the Big City

Tayte Pollmann’s articles are supported by American Trail Running Association corporate member Nike Trail Running. You can follow Tayte’s trail (and city!) adventures on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. This past weekend, I traveled from France to London, United Kingdom for a medical visit with a sports doctor at the London Independent Hospital. Following my medical appointment… Read more »

ATRA’s View from the Pack series presented by RaidLight shines a spotlight on Vincent Aceto

In this series of articles, the American Trail Running Association recognizes and celebrates trail runners like Vincent Aceto 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. Vincent Aceto is a past member of Maine Track Club and this… Read more »

What Can Trail Runners Learn from Cross Country (XC) Training?

This past weekend, November 17, the top 31 women’s and men’s college cross country teams competed at the NCAA Cross Country Championships in Madison, Wisconsin (photo above by Michael Scott). Cross country races are typically from 5 to 10K on grass and dirt (sometimes mud and creek crossings) at golf courses or parks. Even though… Read more »

Autumn Refreshments for Trail Running

Written by Stephen R. Santangelo and originally published in the Fall 2018 edition of the Trail Times newsletter. Autumn color is a reminder we need to load up on a variety of antioxidants! With the cooling temperatures and shorter days, our body’s metabolism changes and its nutritional requirements change. Our system moves from cooling foods in summer,… Read more »

Tayte Pollmann’s Himalayan Adventure – Part 2

Tayte Pollmann’s articles are supported by American Trail Running Association corporate member Nike Trail Running. You can follow Tayte’s trail adventures on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For my last week in the Himalayas, I trekked alone from Pattale, a small village in the Solukhumbu region of Nepal at an elevation of 2875 meters (9432′), to nearby… Read more »

Ashley Brasovan on Making the Transition from Road to Trail

This article was written by Ashley Brasovan, 2007 Foot Locker Cross Country Champion, Duke University graduate, and most recently a “MUT” convert with two USATF Championship titles to her credit – 2017 Trail Half Marathon and 2018 30K Trail Championship – and a USATF team appearance at the 2018 World Long Distance Mountain Running Championships…. Read more »