Selection criteria announced for 2016 US Mountain Running Team

Selection criteria announced for 2016 US Mountain Running Team USATF Mountain Running Championships to feature equal race distances for men and women The 2016 USATF Mountain Running Championship returns to Loon Mountain Ski Area in Lincoln, New Hampshire on July 3 and will be the sole selection race for the US Mountain Running Team. After… Read more »

EX2 Adventures announces 2016 trail race schedule

The following announcement is from ATRA Single-track Corporate member EX2 Adventures. Since the year 2000, EX2 Adventures has produced quality outdoor adventure experiences for the greater Washington DC metropolitan community. Hello from EX2 Adventures! Even though we just wrapped up our 2015 season, it’s hard to contain my excitement for the 2016 EX2 race line… Read more »

Altra becomes exclusive footwear partner of the Hardrock 100

Press release from Altra Footwear. Altra Footwear is an ATRA Switchback Corporate Member. The Hardrock Hundred Mile Endurance Run is proud to announce a 3-year partnership with Altra Footwear. Silverton, Colorado Tuesday December 1st , 2015 – Altra Footwear becomes a Diamond Level Partner and the exclusive footwear partner of the Hardrock Hundred Mile Endurance… Read more »

Inaugural USA Ultra Team Invitational Results

Inaugural USA Ultra Team Invitational Results This past weekend teams from Altra, Hoka, Nike, Salomon and The North Face battled for prime positions on the steep trails of the Marin Headlands out side of San Francisco. The racers where participating in the inaugural USA Ultra Team Invitational which was held in conjunction with The North… Read more »

Smyth, Mattox Win Paul Mitchell Xterra Trail Run World Championships

Smyth, Mattox Win Paul Mitchell Xterra Trail Run World Championships Press release & photos from Trey Garman, Team Unlimited / XTERRA December 6, 2015 (Kaaawa, HI) – Patrick Smyth from Santa Fe, New Mexico and Kimber Mattox from Eugene, Oregon successfully defended their titles to capture the 8th annual Paul Mitchell XTERRA Trail Run World… Read more »

USATF Mountain, Ultra & Trail Running Council Meeting Minutes

USATF Mountain, Ultra & Trail Running (MUT) Council Meeting Meeting minutes by Traci Falbo. December 3, 2015 – Meeting #1 2:30 PM, Houston, TX ADMINISTRATION: 1) Welcome – introductions and attendance (collect names, email of attendees at all sessions). Lindsay Toussant from National office introduced themselves with Karl Eagleman, and Jim Estes. Lindsay is responsible… Read more »

Member Update: The Ultra Trail Costa Rica ARENAL VOLCANO

Member Update: The Ultra Trail Costa Rica ARENAL VOLCANO Written by Philippe Bukove from Costa Rica Race. Costa Rica Race is an ATRA corporate single-track member. A dream trial featuring magnificent scenery with spectacular views! The UTCR ARENAL VOLCANO (March 12-13th 2016) is a race byway and mountain trails, non-stop, individual participation, which has 5… Read more »

Flashback Friday: Race Experience Eclipsed by the Joy of Japan

Flashback Friday: Race Experience Eclipsed by the Joy of Japan Written by Nancy Hobbs (pictured above) for ATRA’s Trail Times Newsletter, May 3, 2005. Tired, confused, more than frustrated. I’ve been running for 6 hours on an unfamiliar trail, a trail I’ve never seen except on a topo map. Believe me, the trail I’m on… Read more »

Inaugural SLO Ultra Trail Race 2016 Registration Opens

Race SLO adds unique ultra run to its family of annual central coast events; debut ultra, hosted by HomeFed and benefitting The Land Conservancy, features three challenging trail courses – 50 mile, marathon and half-marathon – at Wild Cherry Canyon in Avila Beach on Saturday, September 10, 2016; registration is open at www.SLOultra.com. SAN LUIS… Read more »

Ultra Fiord is back for a 2nd edition

ULTRA FIORD BACK FOR A 2ND EDITION WITH RUNNERS FROM MORE THAN 20 COUNTRIES – The 2nd edition will take place the 14th-16th of April, 2016 – Runners from 24 countries are already signed up – The race is located in the untouched fiords of Chilean Patagonia PUNTA ARENAS, CHILE (November 25th, 2015)—After the resounding… Read more »

2015 XTERRA Trail Run World Championship Preview

Written by Trey Garman, TEAM Unlimited/XTERRA.  Photos from TEAM Unlimited/XTERRA. 2015 XTERRA Trail Run World Championship Preview November 24, 2015 (Honolulu, HI) – Patrick Smyth and Kimber Mattox will return to Hawaii to defend their titles at the 8th annual Paul Mitchell XTERRA Trail Run World Championship half-marathon at Kualoa Ranch on December 6. Since winning… Read more »

IAU Trail World Championships – 2016 US Ultra Trail Team Qualification Standards

Written by Kami Semick & Nancy Hobbs IAU Trail World Championships – 2016 US Ultra Trail Team Qualification Standards The IAU Trail World Championship is regulated by the International Association of Ultrarunners (IAU) under the patronage of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF). The first IAU Trail World Championships were held in Annecy, France, at… Read more »

Provisional Suspension of the Russian Federation from IAU Events

Message from the IAU’s Lin Gentling. This suspension affects Russia’s ability to participate in the IAU Trail Championship this in October 2016 in Portugal.  Provisional Suspension of the Russian Federation from IAU Events The International Association of Ultrarunners (IAU) confirms that it will abide by and enforce the decision of the International Association of Athletics… Read more »

UltraRunning Magazine Launches The UltraRunning Race Series

UltraRunning Magazine Launches The UltraRunning Race Series Press Release from UltraRunning Magazine – November 18th, 2015 Men’s, Women’s Winners Will Land Western States 100 Entries UltraRunning Magazine today announced the launch of the UltraRunning Race Series (“URS”), a North American ultrarunning series that scores every North American participant in every North American ultra. Scoring is… Read more »

Mountain Running Gender Equity Survey Results

Mountain Running Gender Equity Survey Results The survey was designed by the US Mountain Running Team Staff to gather feedback from our mountain running community & gauge interest in equalizing race distances for men and women at the USATF Mountain Running Championships (USMRC). The survey was also designed to gather input for the following important… Read more »

USATF MUT Council Announces 2015 Runners of the Year

Written by Nancy Hobbs, MUT Council Chairperson. USATF Mountain Ultra Trail Council Announces 2015 Mountain, Ultra, Trail Runners of the Year The Mountain/Ultra/Trail running (MUT) council of long distance running has named the 2015 USATF Mountain Runners of the year, Trail Runners of the Year, Ultra Runners of the Year, and Contributor of the Year…. Read more »

USATF’s MUT Committee announces USA Ultra Team Invitational

Written by USATF Mountain, Ultra & Trail Running Council member Kami Semick. On Saturday, December 5, 2015, the best ultra runners from around the world will gather in the Marin headlands to compete at the inaugural USA Ultra Team Invitational. The USA Ultra Team Invitational is a team scoring event designed through the efforts of… Read more »

Study Suggests Expensive Running Shoes May Not Be Better

Editors Note: Study author RunRepeat.com powers ATRA’s “Trail Shoe Finder” tool. Press release provided by: Marcelina Horrillo, RunRepeat.com media contact, lina@runrepeat.com, Ph: 817 945 6606 134,867 user reviews of running shoes collected by the independent review aggregator RunRepeat.com reveals that expensive running shoes are not as highly rated as inexpensive shoes, and that not all brands are… Read more »

New Training Journals Help Runners Chase Down Their Goals

Press release from Dave Trendler of VeloPress. Co-author Lauren Fleshman is the co-founder of ATRA corporate member Picky Bars based the trail running mecca of Bend, OR. Two New Believe Training Journals Help Runners Chase Down Their Goals Boulder, CO, USA – November 3, 2015 – Professional runners Lauren Fleshman and Roisin McGettigan-Dumas have released… Read more »

Invitation to the 2016 World Snowshoe Championships

The following letter is an invitation to mountain and trail runners interested in competing in the World Snowshoe Championships next year in Italy. Good Morning and Best Wishes to all Mountain/Trail Running Athletes, My name is Mark Elmore. I am a Past President of the World Snowshoe Federation. I would like to take this opportunity… Read more »