USATF Releases Return to Training and Event Hosting Guidelines

Announcement from USA Track & Field (USATF). Our executive director Nancy Hobbs is chair of the USATF Mountain/Ultra/Trail (MUT) Council. [Editor’s Note: the USATF Event Hosting Guidelines will apply to mountain, ultra or trail running races that have USATF sanctions including the USATF 50 km Trail Championships (Ragged 50K), USATF Mountain Running Championships (Gnar Gnar),… Read more »

Trail runners headline Chaski Challenge Virtual Race for COVID-19 Relief

Announcement from the Chaski Endurance Collective. Team Chaski coaches Ashley Brasovan and Dani Moreno are national trail running champions and past members of the US Mountain & Trail Running Team. Challenge participants Max King, Mario Mendoza, Michael Wardian and Renee Metivier are past members of the US Mountain & Trail Running Team. ‘Chaski Challenge’ Offers… Read more »

Update on Athlete Selection for 2020 U.S. Mountain Running Teams

Written by USATF Mountain/Ultra/Trail Council members Nancy Hobbs, Richard Bolt and Jason Bryant. For questions please contact U.S. Mountain Running Team staff members Richard Bolt and Jason Bryant. [June 2 UPDATE: USATF has published its “Logistical Information and Guidance for Event Directors and Local Organizing Committees” document. This document could impact sanctioned races including the… Read more »

A Super Big Thank You to (AWESOME) ATRA and Tejas Trails!

A (free!) race report written by American Trail Running Association (ATRA) member David Reed. Texas based Tejas Trails is an ATRA corporate member. ATRA should be renamed to A-ATRA or Awesome – American Trail Running Association. Why? Because they are simply AWESOME. They give away free race entries to their members!! How AWESOME is that?… Read more »

World Mountain Running Champion Grayson Murphy Joins ATRA Member BOA’s Pioneer Program

Press release from American Trail Running Association (ATRA) corporate member BOA® Technology. Saucony is also an ATRA corporate member. BOA Strengthens athlete Pioneer Program, Re-signs Trail runners Dominic and Katie Grossman, Adds Grayson Murphy to Roster. DENVER, CO. – BOA® Technology announces renewed contracts and athlete additions to its Pioneer Program for the 20-21 season…. Read more »

But Doctor, Can I Still Run Trails? A Story of Three Injuries

Written by ATRA executive director Nancy Hobbs. Nancy founded the American Trail Running Association (ATRA) in 1996 and is chairperson of USA Track & Field’s (USATF) Mountain, Ultra & Trail Running Council. She is also treasurer of the World Mountain Running Association (WMRA). Sidelined by injuries — or not — rest and recovery is important…. Read more »

Utah’s Bryce Canyon Ultras Are “Game On” For This Weekend

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. If you liked this article, read even more of Tayte’s articles on our website. Photo above by Lucid Images. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, most trail races scheduled for this… Read more »

WMRA Names Greatest Of All Time (GOAT) Men of Mountain Running

Written by Kristy Reade for the World Mountain Running Association (WMRA). Republished here with permission. ATRA founder Nancy Hobbs is the treasurer of the World Mountain Running Association. Over the last couple of weeks we’ve been taking a look back at some of the “greatest of all time” athletes in mountain running. We’re going to… Read more »

WMRA Names Greatest Of All Time (GOAT) Women of Mountain Running

Written by Kristy Reade for the World Mountain Running Association (WMRA). Republished here with permission. ATRA founder Nancy Hobbs is the treasurer of the World Mountain Running Association. Over the last couple of weeks we’ve been taking a look back at some of the “greatest of all time” athletes in mountain running. We’re going to… Read more »

Trail Runner’s Book Review: Both Feet on the Ground

Both Feet on the Ground: Reflections from the Outside, by Marshall Ulrich. DNA Books, 2019. 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. Two roads diverged in a wood, and I— I took the one less… Read more »

The Trail Running Film Festival Goes Virtual

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. If you liked this article, read even more of Tayte’s articles on our website. Watching trail running videos is one of the best ways to learn about the incredible people… Read more »

Origin Stories of Top American Trail Runners – Part 2

Redemption, Wrong Turns, Silver Linings and Cigarettes: How a Few of the Nation’s Top Mountain/Ultra/Trail Runners Found Their Way to the Trails. Written by Shannon Payne. Shannon is a Colorado native trail runner currently residing in Auburn, California. She was a 2-time qualifier for the US Mountain Running Team, 2-time winner of the Mt. Washington… Read more »

Origin Stories of Top American Trail Runners – Part 1

Redemption, Wrong Turns, Silver Linings and Cigarettes: How a Few of the Nation’s Top Mountain/Ultra/Trail Runners Found Their Way to the Trails. Written by Shannon Payne. Shannon is a Colorado native currently residing in Auburn, California. She was a 2-time qualifier for the US Mountain Running Team, 2-time winner of the Mt. Washington Road Race,… Read more »

Spring 2020 Trail Runner 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 over 2700 respondents. Complete survey results are made available to corporate members at the Switchback, Steep & Rocky and All-terrain levels. The following selected outtakes are from our most recent trail running… Read more »

Trail Runner Product Review: Mudroom Backpack’s Quartable

Mudroom Backpacks Quartable 18L reviewed by American Trail Running Association (ATRA) advisory board member and Wisconsin trail runner Susan Kendrick. Susan is the Director of Sponsorship for the American Birkebeiner® Ski Foundation and was featured in our View from the Pack series of articles. This product was provided at no charge by Mudroom Backpacks for… Read more »

How ATRA Member ElliptiGO is Managing Business in the Coronavirus Era

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. If you liked this article, read even more of Tayte’s articles on our website. ElliptiGO is an American Trail Running Association corporate member and has provided products free of charge…. Read more »

LEKI Unveils UNGROUNDED: Four Films Featuring Trailblazing Women in the Outdoors

Press release from American Trail Running Association corporate member LEKI USA. LEKI is proud to announce the launch of their new digital series UNGROUNDED, created and directed by Ben Clark, starring four LEKI-sponsored women athletes all with unique paths to the outdoors. Ski mountaineer Caroline Gleich, ski racer Mikaela Shiffrin, trail & ultrarunner Meredith Edwards… Read more »

Are You Interested in a FREE Trail Running Coaching Package?

We’re excited to partner with American Trail Running Association (ATRA) corporate member Lifelong Endurance and Denver, Colorado based Coach Andrew Simmons to give away 90 days of one to one coaching. You must be an ATRA member to be eligible. Check out our Membership page to join now. Here’s how this coaching giveaway works in… Read more »