A Flatlander’s Training Tips for Altitude

This story originally appears in the March 2014 ATRA Newsletter. By Herb Kieklak This article is for all of us flatlanders who live at sea level or “nearabouts,” but aspire to run “at altitude.” If you live in Colorado or other big mountain places, this will only make you laugh, as y’all just have to… Read more »

7th ANNUAL VAIL MOUNTAIN WINTER UPHILL COMPETITION

(Vail, Colo) — The 7th Annual Vail Mountain Winter Uphill competition will take place Saturday, Feb. 22 on Vail Mountain. The race will begin at 7 a.m. in Lionshead, adjacent to the Eagle Bahn Gondola, and take runners, skiers, snowshoers and outdoor enthusiasts approximately 2,000 vertical feet, or two miles, up the groomed trails to Eagle’s Nest at the… Read more »

ATRA Announces Partnership Renewal with Ortholite

The American Trail Running Association (ATRA) is pleased to announce that OrthoLite renewed their partnership on December 18, 2013, and will continue to be known as the official insole of ATRA. OrthoLite has been a major supporter of ATRA for nearly a decade, the most of which has been as an official partner. “OrthoLite is… Read more »

Trail Runner Recipe: by Michael James

The following recipe originally appeared in the December 2013 issue of ATRA Trail Times email newsletter: Ingredients: 3 c. organicgirl Super Greens ¼ c. finely shredded coconut ½ tsp. cinnamon ¼ c. soaked quinoa ½ c. roasted and salted sunflower seeds ½ c. dated (pitted) ¼ c. lemon zest Mix all ingredients until finely chopped. Take 1… Read more »

Flagstaff Endurance Runs

The following article originally appeared in the December 2013 issue of ATRA Trail Times email newsletter: by Herb Kieklak The Endurance Runs in Flagstaff, AZ, are spectacular – true treasures in the world of trail running. Held in mid-September, the events — 50 kilometer and 50 miles — combine high altitude, gorgeous scenery, and very… Read more »

Runner Up: Going Alternative at Mt. Greylock

The following article originally appeared in the December 2013 issue of ATRA Trail Times email newsletter: by Laura Clark As the oldest continuously active uphill mountain road race in the United States, Mount Washington has attained superstar status, ranking it right up there with the Boston Marathon and Western States.  But, there is a downside to… Read more »

Rest and Restoration for Better Performance

The following article originally appeared in the December 2013 issue of ATRA Trail Times email newsletter: By Stephen R. Santangelo There are many training modalities based on sports science which are available for endurance athletes. Your age and level of fitness determines where on the scale from novice to elite you fall. Too often, running… Read more »

Inaugural US Skyrunning Series Announced

From Ian Sharman – Director, US Skyrunning Series: Inaugural US Skyrunning Series 2014 Less Cloud. More Sky. San Francisco, CA (December 10th, 2013) – Fourteen quality races, three disciplines, the same winning formula. The inaugural 2014 US Skyrunning Series is the natural expansion of the international Skyrunning events that have captured the imagination of runners… Read more »

The Polish Economic Forum interviews Nancy Hobbs

In advance of this September’s World Mountain Running Championships in Poland, ATRA Executive Director Nancy Hobbs answered questions from the Polish Economic Forum. Nancy Hobbs, Marco De Gasperi and Paul Kirsch How many people run in the mountains In the USA? Is it a popular sport?In the United States, mountain running and trail running are often… Read more »

4th IAU Trail World Championships this weekend in Wales.

From the International Association of Ultrarunners (IAU): The 4th edition of the IAU Trail World Championships take place on July 6th in Llanrwst, North Wales, Great Britain. Both male and female trail world champions Erik Clavery (FRA) and Maud Gobert (FRA) will be in attendance in North Wales to defend their titles. The International Association… Read more »

New Pikes Peak High-Altitude Mile set for August 13th

MANITOU SPRINGS, Colo. – With a rust-colored cap of granite boulders, a hard-blue sky overhead, and precious little air to breathe, the summit of Pikes Peak is like an alien environment. Tim Bergsten & Nancy Hobbs (photo by Tim Bergsten) An elite field of runners will make this discovery at the inaugural Pikes Peak High-Altitude… Read more »

Industry experts come together for inaugural trail running conference

The panel discussions for the inaugural trail running conference, the Estes Trail Ascent, wrapped up Friday, June 21, in Estes Park, Colorado. The three-day conference, which started on Thursday, June 20, culminated in a 5.9-mile trail race on Saturday, June 22, featured speakers from footwear and hydration company manufacturers, as well as elite-level competitors, race… Read more »

Team USA selected for WMRA Long Distance Mountain Running Challenge

Team USA will compete in the 10th WMRA Long Distance Mountain Running World Challenge to be held in Szklarska Poręba, Poland, on August 3, 2013. Stevie Kremer (center) won the 2012 World Long Distance Mountain Running Challenge The WMRA Long Distance Mountain Running Challenge has been held every year since 2004 when Sierre-Zinal hosted the event…. Read more »

Seven Sisters Trail Race Rocks to a New Beat

Story By Laura Clark With early morning temperatures stuck at a 32 degrees tights-only slot a bare week before 7 Sisters Trail Race, it is no wonder that the instant appearance of spring delivered an unprecedented hoard of last minute runners. Not to mention the record number of fully committed pre-registrants. When Jeff, Jen Ferriss… Read more »

Max King’s Running Tip of the Month

The following article was written by Max King and originally printed in The Footzone Bend’s May e-mail newsletter.  Reprinted with permission from The Footzone Bend and Max King. Max King winning the 2012 USA 50k Trail Championships Whew, it’s getting warm out there! It’s nice to know that summer is right around the corner, which… Read more »

ATRA Notes – May 2013

ATRA Notes is a monthly email newsletter for race directors, trail runners and members. You can find ATRA Notes reprinted on this blog every month!  If you are not already an ATRA member, simply visit this link to join today. ATRA socks are still available: If you are interested in having your own pair of… Read more »

International Mountain Running Youth Challenge Scheduled for July

Junior USMRT member Laura Beresford at the 2010 World Mountain Running Championships The 8th Annual WMRA International Youth Cup will be held in Gap, France on Sunday, July7.  This mountain/trail running event provides an opportunity for athletes ages 16 and 17 (in the year of the competition) to participate on an international stage. The event… Read more »

2013 USA Mountain, Ultra & Trail National Championships

The 2013 trail running season is well underway but there are still several national championship races on the calendar.  From 10k to 100 miles and on steep mountain slopes, there’s a championship for all experiences levels.  +USA Track & Field mountain, ultra & trail running championships feature some of the fastest elite trail runners but are… Read more »

Max King’s Running Tip of the Month

The following article was written by Max King and originally printed in The Footzone Bend’s May e-mail newsletter.  Reprinted with permission from The Footzone Bend and Max King. Max King, 1st place, 1:15:48. 2012 USA 1/2 Marathon Trail National Championships It’s trail time. Trails are opening up more and more every week, we’re getting into… Read more »

Hydration season is coming. Are you geared up?

Hello Trail Runners! We’ve got a great offer from ATRA corporate member Salomon Running. “Receive a free Sense Hydro S-Lab set with purchase of any Salomon footwear”. To get the coupon (pictured), email your mailing address to richardbolt at trailrunner dot com. As a bonus I’ll also send you an ATRA bumper sticker – woo… Read more »