American Team Assembled for the 2018 Skyrunning World Championships

Editors note (August 8, 2018): After confirming that Maude Gorman had cheated in several trail races, she has been removed from the team. The following seventeen American athletes will be competing at the 2018 Skyrunning World Championships which will be held from 13-15 September in Kinlochleven in the Scottish Highlands. Races in three skyrunning disciplines… Read more »

Meet ATRA Trail Ambassador – Mark Garrigan

Please welcome our nineteenth American Trail Running Association (ATRA) Trail Ambassador presented by CamelBak, and the seventh in 2018. Mark Garrigan is a trail runner, volunteer, and business owner who ran his first ultramarathon in 2012. That race planted a seed in this 40-year-old from Green Bay, WI, to pursue a dream to build a… Read more »

MacLaughlin and Gray lead record field at Loon Mountain Race

Joseph Gray won his 14th USATF National Championship by over a minute and set the fastest ever time on Upper Walking Boss. Allie MacLaughlin won her second USA Track & Field Mountain Running Championships en-route to making her third US Mountain Running Team. The 6.6-mile course climbs 3200 feet and includes grades of up to… Read more »

Youth Running: A Chat with Dan Kesterson

We recently spoke with Dan Kesterson about youth running and the Youth Runner Elite Middle School Camp he organizes near Mt Hood in Oregon. This camp is designed for girls and boys entering 6th, 7th and 8th grades. Dan is the editor of Youth Runner Magazine which was founded in 1996 and is based near… Read more »

American Runners Compete at World Masters Mountain Running Championships

Zelezniki, Slovenia, played host to the 18th WMRA/WMA World Masters Mountain Running Championships on June 2. This year marked the 18th installment of a world championship mountain running event for to masters athletes ages 35-79. What makes this competition unique is that the athletes race with, and score in their five-year age division. Because the… Read more »

Spring 2018 Trail Running Survey Results

Each spring, the American Trail Running Association conducts a survey to measure trail running trends from our national audience. This year we had a record 2300 responses, nearly triple that of the 2017 survey. Complete survey results are made available to corporate members at the Switchback, Steep & Rocky and All-terrain levels. The following selected outtakes… Read more »

Featured Trail Town – Taos Ski Valley

Welcome to another installment of our “Trail Town” series of articles. These articles feature a trail running town that you should put on your bucket list of places to visit! This month we feature Taos Ski Valley in New Mexico with a population of 78 full time residents. TRAIL TOWN Taos Ski Valley is a… Read more »

Tayte Pollmann’s Tuesday Trail Tip – What’s on the breakfast table of Team USA on race day?

Tayte Pollmann’s Tuesday Trail Tips series of articles are supported by American Trail Running Association corporate member Nike Trail Running. Tayte recently took his first high-speed train trip from Paris to the mountains & trails of Southern France.  This past Sunday, I raced for Team USA at the Long Distance Mountain Running Championships in Karpacz, Poland…. Read more »

U.S. men’s team takes silver; Joseph Gray wins bronze at the 15th Long Distance Mountain Running Championships

On a range of mountains along the Polish / Czech Republic border, Śnieżka peak rises 5259 feet above sea level and would be twice climbed by America’s top off-road runners at the 15th Long Distance Mountain Running Championships. Race morning saw the mountain shrouded in gray clouds, wind and rain with temperatures in the 30s… Read more »

A Trail Runners Travel Tips for Overcoming Jet Lag

Tayte Pollmann’s articles are supported by American Trail Running Association corporate member Nike Trail Running.  Tayte is currently in Karpacz, Poland and still waiting for his checked bag to arrive. I’m grateful for how my running career gives me the opportunity to travel more than I ever have before.  In the past month of May,… Read more »

2018/19 World Championships & Opportunities for Elite U.S. Mountain, Trail & Sky Runners

There are several international sport governing organizations which organize World Championship and similar competitions in mountain running, trail running and sky running. The following is a list of those competitions, who organizes them and how American athletes can qualify. There are competitions for athletes ranging in ages from 14 to 79 years old; many require… Read more »

Tayte Pollmann’s Tuesday Trail Tip – Add Fast Downhill Running to Your Training

Tayte Pollmann’s Tuesday Trail Tips series of articles are supported by American Trail Running Association corporate member Nike Trail Running. Tayte is currently ripping it down single-track trails in Colorado.  Photo above – Tayte with his girlfriend Mathilde Sagnes and Anita Ortiz, one of American first female #mountainrunning world championship medalists. One commonly overlooked piece in… Read more »

Our View from the Pack series presented by RaidLight shines a spotlight on Vanessa Shawver

In this new series, the American Trail Running Association recognizes and celebrates trail race volunteers and trail runners who have dedicated themselves as everyday athletes to grow trail running in their community. “View from the Pack” is supported by ATRA corporate member RaidLight. Nominator Andy Shawver writes, “Vanessa Shawver has become a distinct part of… Read more »

Trail Runner’s Book Review: Running Anatomy

Running Anatomy, 2nd edition, by Joe Puleo and Patrick Milroy, Human Kinetics, 2019.  Book review by trail runner Laura Clark. Whether you are a recreational or a competitive runner, there comes a time when either youth or beginner’s magic fails to guarantee improvement. There is a saying that every new runner has a ten year… Read more »