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 »

New Hampshire to host the 2013 USA Mountain Running Championships

US Mountain Running Team Staff On July 21, 2013, Cranmore, NH, will host the USA Mountain Running Championships. The event will also be the sole selection race for the US Mountain Running Team (USMRT), as well as the host of the North American Central American Caribbean (NACAC) Championships. USA Track & Field (USATF) members will… Read more »

Trail running on lava rocks in Hawaii

Traveling to Hawaii for a trail running vacation can provide a diversion from the standard single track fare. Of course there is an abundance of this variety of trail, but likewise, there is the uniqueness of running on volcanoes – some dormant, some active – and realizing a new type of off-road running. On the… Read more »

World Masters Mountain Running Championships set for Czech Republic

Janské Lázné, Czech Republic, will host the 13th WMRA/WMA Masters World Mountain Running Championships on August 31. The event is organized annually by a host club who submits a bid which must be supported by the respective IAAF-member nation and is sanctioned jointly by the World Masters Athletics (WMA), and the World Mountain Running Association… 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 April e-mail newsletter.  Reprinted with permission from The Footzone Bend and Max King. The Footzone is a locally owned full service running store in Bend, Oregon It’s time to get racing, or at least put one on the schedule for… Read more »

ATRA Notes – April 2013

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

Trail running for a cause – Run d’Haiti

Story by IV Whitman – originally published in ATRA’s Trail Times Newsletter– Volume 18, Number 63 – Spring 2013 We run to get fit, to win, to help, to remember and to say we’ve done “it.” But most of us run each day for the simple pleasure of getting outside and breathing to the determined… Read more »

Race Report: Through the Mist at Moby Dick

Story by Laura Clark – originally published in ATRA’s Trail Times Newsletter – Volume 18, Number 63 – Spring 2013 Photo from runwmac.com Since it was first published in 1851, Herman Melville’s classic Moby Dick has come to symbolize everyman’s quest for something beyond day-to-day trivia, a reach outside the box toward a larger justification. And… Read more »

8 Trail Running Tips: How to get started

Want to get started trail running but are unsure where to begin?  Here are 8 simple trail running tips for beginners and first time trail runners. You’ve read a few things about trail running and even had a few friends tell you a thing or two about the sport, but you are still apprehensive about… Read more »