Elisa Desco and Petro Mamu Descend to Victory at Giir di Mont

Giir di Mont

Written by Alexander Beaven for the World Mountain Running Association (WMRA). American Trail Running Association (ATRA) executive director Nancy Hobbs is the WMRA general secretary. Photos: Marco Gulberti. For the first time in 3 years athletes from 14 countries stood in the streets of Premana, Italy this morning. Before them lay the 32km of Giir… Read more »

America’s Best Mountain Runners Return to Challenge Stellina

For more than a quarter century elite American athletes have crossed the pond for one of Europe’s historic mountain running races, the Challenge Stellina in Susa, Italy. Impressive past American performances include World Mountain Running Championship silver medalist Dave Dunham who ran 1h22:48 in 1994. US Mountain Running Team members Paul Low and Simon Gutierrez… Read more »

Italy’s Giir di Mont Race – The First World Cup Double-Header

Written by Alexander Beaven for the World Mountain Running Association (WMRA). American Trail Running Association (ATRA) executive director Nancy Hobbs is the WMRA general secretary. For the first time since 2019, the Mountain Running world will descend on Premana, Italy this weekend for the 28th edition of Giir di Mont mountain running race. After a… Read more »

How To Prepare Your Legs for Mountain Trails

This article was written by Sean Rimmer PT, DPT, OCS and first appeared in the summer 2022 edition of our Trail Times newsletter. Rimmer is an avid trail runner and physical therapist living in Colorado Springs, CO, where he is the owner at Run Potential which focuses on rehab and performance training for runners. Above… Read more »

Trail Runners’ Pre-Race Rituals and Superstitions

Rituals and Superstitions

How do YOU prepare on race day? There are many established traditions and practices that running coaches and teams prescribe to runners during race-week or even in the final minutes before race start. These can include a large spaghetti dinner (high school or college cross country runners may be very familiar with this classic pre-race… Read more »

Josh Taylor Leads Team USA At Youth Skyrunning World Championships VK

Announcement from the International Skyrunning Federation (ISF). U.S. Team results summary by Richard Bolt. The American Trail Running Association is a longtime member of ISF and supporter of Skyrunning in the USA. Josh Taylor (Wasilla, AK) led the American athletes at the Youth Skyrunning World Championships with a 13th place in the men’s U23 Vertical… Read more »

Book Review – What Running Across Mountains Taught Me About Life

SOLO: What Running Across Mountains Taught Me About Life, by Jenny Tough. Aster, 2022. 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.. You have to be really tough to imagine the page-turning adventure that Jenny Tough… Read more »

Andorra Hosts Skyrunning Youth World Championships This Weekend

Youth Skyrunning

Announcement from the International Skyrunning Federation (ISF). The American Trail Running Association is a longtime member of ISF and supporter of Skyrunning in the USA. Photo above: Ian Corless. Since 2016, the Skyrunning Youth World Championships represent the stage where young runners test their skills in a field of hot competition for medals and glory…. Read more »

Darn Tough Vermont® to Host “Big Pitch” Session at US Trail Running Conference

Announcement from American Trail Running Association partner US Trail Running Conference. Active at Altitude, organizers of the US Trail Running Conference, have announced that Darn Tough Vermont ® will be the honored host of the “Big Pitch” session at the 2022 Conference on Wednesday, October 19. Darn Tough invites race directors and organizers far and… Read more »

Dan Curts Brings A Hefty Dose of Track Speed to Mountain Running

Guest interview by U.S. Junior Mountain Running Team leader Paul Kirsch. Paul is also founder of the Loon Mountain Race and lives in Madison, New Hampshire. Photo above by Michael Scott. Dan Curts grew up in Ellsworth, Maine near Acadia National Park and Bar Harbor. In high school he competed in track and cross country… Read more »

Coming to Terms with the Whiteface Mountain Race

Written by trail runner Laura Clark. Laura is 75 years young and an avid mountain, trail and snowshoe runner who lives in Saratoga Springs, NY, where she is a children’s librarian. Photo above by Ron Heerkens Jr // Goat Factory Entertainment. What I learned from the USATF Mountain Running Championships hosted by the Whiteface Mountain… Read more »

New Course Records at 35th Montée du Nid d’Aigle Mountain Race

Written by Maria Avila for the World Mountain Running Association (WMRA). American Trail Running Association (ATRA) executive director Nancy Hobbs is the WMRA general secretary. Photos: Marco Gulberti. Unprecedented times and new names at the top of the podium marked the 35th edition of the Montée du Nid d’Aigle yesterday in France. Kenyans Patrick Kipnego… Read more »

Featured Trail Town: Ruidoso, New Mexico

Welcome to another installment of our “Trail Town” series. This edition was written by Frederic Moras, race director of the Ruidoso Grindstone Trail Runs. This feature first appeared in the summer 2022 edition of our quarterly Trail Times newsletter. Looking for great mountain scenery, miles and miles of multi-use trails, nice weather, abundant wildlife and… Read more »

World Cup Race Preview: France’s Montée du Nid d’Aigle

World Cup

Written by Maria Avila for the World Mountain Running Association (WMRA). American Trail Running Association (ATRA) executive director Nancy Hobbs is the WMRA general secretary. Photos: Marco Gulberti. The Montée du Nid d’Aigle is a classic mountain race incorporated into this year’s WMRA World Cup Golden Label courses. The 19,5 km route ends at one… Read more »

Independence Day Kick-off at the Dynafit Vail HillClimb

It’s July and that means trail, mountain and ultra running are in full swing both nationally and internationally! On July 2nd on the U.S. east coast, the USATF Mountain Running Championships at Whiteface Mountain in New York’s Adirondack Mountains decided the US Mountain Running Team, as Tabor Hemming and Andy Wacker captured national championship titles…. Read more »

Patrick Kipngeno and Joyce Njeru Win Grossglockner Berglauf Mountain Race

Grossglockner

Grossglockner Berglauf race report written by Paul Halford for the World Mountain Running Association (WMRA). Photos: Marco Gulberti. Patrick Kipngeno and Joyce Njeru took convincing wins in the Grossglockner Berglauf on Sunday, July 10 as Austria hosted the fourth stage of this year’s Valsir Mountain Running World Cup. For both Kenyans these represented their second… Read more »

Chris Cage Shares His Backstory and Top Thru-Hiking Tips

Chris Cage shows us the life-changing and empowering effects of taking time out of our busy lives to explore the natural world. In 2012, Cage quit his accounting job and embarked on a two-year adventure that involved traveling 10,000 miles across Asia, teaching English in Thailand, volunteering at an orphanage in Cambodia, riding 2,000 miles… Read more »