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 »

Moab Trail Marathon & USATF Championship Results

Mario Mendoza (Bend, OR – Nike Trail Team) and Megan Kimmel (Silverton, CO – Asics) won the Moab Trail Marathon & USATF Marathon Trail Championships this morning in the beautiful canyon lands outside Moab, Utah.  Seeking a course record, Megan went out fast and was never challenged by 2nd place finisher Stevie Kremer (Crested Butte,… Read more »

Moab Trail Marathon Championship Preview

2015 USA Trail Marathon Championships / Moab Trail Marathon Elite Preview After first hosting the USA ½ Marathon Trail Championships in 2013, Danelle Ballengee’s and her Moab Trail Marathon crew will be hosting the USA Trail Marathon Championships for the 2nd consecutive year this Saturday. Once again this race will feature a strong elite field… Read more »

October Training Update by Trail Runner Dave Dunham

October Training Update by Trail Runner Dave Dunham Written by Dave Dunham. Dave lives in Bradford, MA and has been an avid mountain & trail runner for over 2 decades. Racing for the Central Mass Striders, Dave has been an athlete and team staff member on the US Mountain Running Team and won a silver… Read more »

How to prepare for a multi-day stage race

“Zolkan 4 Day Chile – How to prepare for a multi-day stage race” was written by Melissa Gosse and Jonathan Sinclair. Melissa & Jon are sponsored by ATRA corporate member Xero Shoes. Stage racing is an interesting mix between the speed and stamina that brings out the fastest ultra runners in the world. There is an… Read more »

Altra named exclusive footwear sponsor of Western States

Press release from ATRA corporate member Altra Footwear: ALTRA NAMED EXCLUSIVE FOOTWEAR SPONSOR OF WESTERN STATES 100 The world’s oldest and most prestigious 100-mile trail race announces partnership with Altra Footwear AUBURN, Calif. – Altra Footwear has been named the exclusive footwear sponsor of the Western States 100-Mile Endurance Run, Western States 100 President John… Read more »

US Trail Running Conference a resounding success

Written by ATRA Executive Director Nancy Hobbs and Terry Chiplin. Nearly 150 trail runners, race directors and fans of the sport participated in the third annual Estes Trail Ascent – US Trail Running Conference Wednesday, October 7, to Saturday, October 10, 2015, at the historic Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colorado. Attendees represented 13 states… Read more »

USATF’s MUT Council announces call for Runner of the Year nominations

USATF’s Mountain, Ultra & Trail Running Council announces call for Runner of the Year nominations. Nominated athletes must be current members of USA Track & Field and hold US Citizenship. Some athletes will be nominated automatically based on performances in select USATF National Championships and World Championship events. Anyone can nominate an athlete for the… Read more »

Ultra Sports Live TV Official Live Media Sponsor of Race SLO

Press release from Race SLO. Race SLO is an ATRA corporate member and organizer of the SLO Ultra trail race at Wild Cherry Canyon (September 10, 2016). SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. – (October 7, 2015) – Race SLO, the Central Coast’s endurance sporting event leader, has announced Ultra Sports Live TV as its Official Live… Read more »

Why Trail Runners Matter to IMBA & Mountain Biking

The following series of slides was created by Rod Judd, Head of Business Development & Marketing Communications for the International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) and presented at the 3rd annual US Trail Running Conference in Estes Park, CO on October 8, 2015. IMBA and the American Trail Running Association partner on trail maintenance, user access and conservation… Read more »

Flora Lake Padden Trail Half Marathon Preview

Press release from race director Tad Davis. Flora Lake Padden Trail Half Marathon – USATF 1/2 Marathon Trail Championships Coming to Bellingham, WA on October 17, 2015.  The field for the 2015 USATF National Trail Half Marathon Championships promises to be the most competitive in the nation this year with both Patrick Smyth (Nike) of… Read more »

Timeline for Directing a Trail Running Race

Here’s a great takeaways from today’s trail race director session at the Trail Running Conference in Estes Park, Colorado. Written by Nancy Hobbs, Executive Director, ATRA. A Recommended Timeline for Directing a Trail Running Race: At least 12 months before – Make a mental commitment to do it – Select a site – Select a distance –… Read more »

Race Report: The Inaugural Hermit Pass Marathon

Written by Race Director Barbara Sutton.  Photos courtesy of Jewel Heisig and John Peleaux. The first ever Hermit Pass Marathon, Half Hermit and Lucky Hermit 13K held at A Painted View Ranch near Westcliffe, CO in southern central Colorado, welcomed a total of 40 runners on a bright, crisp fall morning Sept 19, 2015. Fifteen… Read more »

Passing the torch at Tejas Trails

Written by Chris McWatters You may have read the recent article from Joe Prusaitis about how he and his wife, Joyce, passed their “baby” (Tejas Trails) on to a new guy. I’m that “new guy.” I want you to know about some plans of mine to honor these two people, their Austin, TX-based trail running… Read more »

Junior Men’s Mountain Running Team ends Medal Drought in Wales

Written by Nancy Hobbs – Treasurer, World Mountain Running Association Photos by Richard Bolt – Team Leader, US Mountain Running Team Team USA’s junior men struck double silver at the 31st World Mountain Running Championships held at Betws-y-Coed, Wales on Saturday, September 19, earning the first-ever junior men’s medals at the event. Team USA started… Read more »

Flashback Friday: 2002 7 Sister’s Race Report

“Editors note: 7 Sister’s Trail Race Report was written by Ben Nephew for ATRA’s Trail Times Newsletter #25 – originally published in 2002.  Ben lives in Mansfield, Massachusetts and is an Assistant Professor at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University.” Victory at Last Since this race took three years to develop, this is… Read more »

Flashback Friday: An Early Morning Run Around Uluru

“Editors note: Fishin’ Tale Australian Outback: An Early Morning Run Around Uluru was written by Erik Siewertsen for ATRA’s Trail Times Newsletter #24 – originally published in 2002.” Fishin’ Tale Australian Outback: An Early Morning Run Around Uluru The alarm sounded at 4:45 am, and a weary glance through the window above revealed the brilliant… Read more »

Morocco Race, a unique event for all participants

Race announcement from ATRA corporate member Morocco Race. The first edition of the the “Morocco Race” will take place on November 14th 2015. This trail running race is unique in Morocco and in the world of trail running. Trailers will discover amazing paths with mountains of the High Atlas in forefront, only 35 minutes from Marrakech,… Read more »

Do you run solo, with a teammate or in a pack?

“Do you run solo, with a teammate or in a pack?” was written by Ultramaratonistas Mel Gosse & Jon Sinclair. Mel & Jon are sponsored by ATRA corporate member Xero Shoes. When it comes to any race 5km or longer, there will often be a “lead pack”, couples doing it together as a relationship builder,… Read more »

Jonathan Wyatt heads to Wales

Media Release from the 31st World Mountain Running Championships 2015.  ATRA Executive Director Nancy Hobbs and Director of Online Marketing Richard Bolt will also be heading to Wales next month for this event. Nancy is a member of the WMRA Council.  Richard is Team Leader for the US Mountain Running Team.  For Team USA updates… Read more »