2020 WMRA Mountain Running World Cup is Cancelled

Started in 1999, the World Mountain Running Association’s (WMRA) World Cup has been a proving ground for elite level off-road runners preparing themselves for the annual World Mountain Running Championships. Featuring up to seven European events per year, this series travelled to America for the first time last year, adding the American Trail Running Association… Read more »

Pack Burro Racing Community Stays Strong During the Coronavirus Pandemic

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. The trail running community has been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic, with many races cancelled… Read more »

Get Dirty; Run Clean – Our Handmade ATRA Soap is Back!

Handcrafted by Soap Master Creighton in Douglas County, Colorado, this is our third edition of the ATRA Run Clean soap. The base oils are all 100% natural with an “energy” blend of essential oils. To order this artisanal soap send a check to: American Trail Running Association, PO Box 9454, Colorado Springs, CO 80932. $11… Read more »

MUT WiLD Drops New “Social Distancing” T-Shirts to Benefit ATRA

Elite trail runner and 2017 World Mountain Running Championship women’s team gold medalist Allie MacLaughlin’s (pictured below) MUT WiLD brand has just released a series of social distancing T-shirts to benefit the American Trail Running Association. These original “My Kind Of Social Distancing” designs are printed on Tultex brand 100% ring spun cotton fine knit… Read more »

New England’s Emer O’Donoghue Honored for 24 years of Mountain Running Accomplishments

Article courtesy the USATF New England (USATF-NE) Association. USATF-NE has been the host association for several mountain and trail running national championships at events including the Mt Washington Road Race (Mountain), Cranmore Mountain Race (Mountain), Loon Mountain Race (Mountain), Waterville Valley Mountain Race (Mountain) and Ragged Mountain 50K (Trail). Photo above by Freddi Triback. With… Read more »

Trail Runner Product Review: KT Tape Pro

KT Tape Pro 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 KT Tape for this… Read more »

Update from 2020 US Trail Running Conference in light of COVID-19

Announcement from American Trail Running Association partner US Trail Running Conference. Written by conference director Terry Chiplin (pictured above – photos by Peter Maksimow). So much has changed since our last newsletter. In these uncertain times, we trust that you, your family and loved ones are staying healthy. We are committed to enabling the US… Read more »

GU Energy Labs Joins Our Event Standards Program

The American Trail Running Association (ATRA) welcomes GU Energy Labs as a brand partner in our Event Standards Program. The ATRA Event Standards Program debuted in 2012 and includes vendors and suppliers as partners to assist trail race directors in meeting our 15 criteria necessary for staging a safe and well-organized event. As part of… Read more »

Marcy Schwam: Pioneer of Women’s Ultrarunning

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.  After my enjoyable interview with Ian Maddieson, accomplished ultrarunner and Adjunct Research Professor for the Department… Read more »

The 2020 Skyrunning World Championships Postponed Till 2021

Announcement from the International Skyrunning Federation (ISF). The American Trail Running Association (ATRA) is an ISF associate member. Photo above: Billy Fotògraf. The 2020 Skyrunning World Championships scheduled for July 10-12, 2020 at the BUFF® Mountain Festival in the Spanish Pyrenees, has been postponed to the same venue in 2021. The decision has been made… Read more »

Trail Runner’s Book Review: Spirit Run

Spirit Run: A 6,000-Mile Marathon Through North America’s Stolen Land, by Noe Alvarez. Catapult, 2020. Reviewed by trail runner Laura Clark exclusively for the American Trail Running Association. Laura is an avid mountain, trail and snowshoe runner who lives in Saratoga Springs, NY, where she is a children’s librarian. Those for whom a few days… Read more »

ATRA Partner Active at Altitude Launches Runners Mindset Program

Announcement from Estes Park, Colorado based Active at Altitude, organizers of the annual US Trail Running Conference in partnership with the American Trail Running Association. Active at Altitude, creator of experiences that educate, inspire, and empower an active, healthy, mindful lifestyle, has announced a new program to help guide runners through these challenging times with… Read more »

ATRA Member Tailwind Nutrition Donates Products to Healthcare Workers in Support of COVID-19 Relief

Press release from American Trail Running Association member Tailwind Nutrition. Tailwind Nutrition has announced new measures to support healthcare workers and first responders during the COVID-19 pandemic. Many brands across the nation are pivoting their businesses and manufacturing to develop wearable personal protective equipment (PPE). Tailwind is using their expertise in nutrition and the benefits… Read more »

Tayte Pollmann’s 8-Minute Mobility Routine For Trail Runners

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.  Incorporating mobility exercises into your training is one of the best ways to avoid common running-related… Read more »

Tayte Pollmann’s Eco-Friendly Earth Day Tips During the Coronavirus Pandemic

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.  The current coronavirus pandemic is not only affecting public health around the world, but also affecting… Read more »

Climate Neutral Proudly Certifies More Than 70 Companies

Press release from Climate Neutral, a non-profit organization creating the new trusted consumer standard for corporate climate action. Climate Action is ATRA’s 2020 theme. Trail running footwear manufacturer Icebug is one of Climate Neutral’s committed brands. For Earth Day, dozens of brands unite under a new standard for climate action. Climate Neutral, an independent non-profit… Read more »

American Trail Running Association Joins Endurance Sports Coalition

Information from the Endurance Sports Coalition, a group of over 500 organizations including several dozen ATRA members and partners. The COVID-19 pandemic forced the immediate cancellation or postponement of every trail running and endurance event across the United States for the foreseeable future. Like many sectors of the economy, trail running and endurance sports are… Read more »