Inaugural SLO Ultra Trail Race to Showcase Beautiful Natural Resource

The following press release is from ATRA corporate member Race SLO, organizers of running races in California’s central coast region.  Inaugural SLO Ultra Trail Race to Showcase Beautiful Natural Resource Race SLO’s unique new ultra event hosted by HomeFed and produced in partnership with The Land Conservancy of San Luis Obispo, the event’s official beneficiary,… Read more »

The ICESPIKE traction system for winter running

The following article was written by John Vonhof and was originally published on FixingYourFeet.com. The article has been re-published here with permission from John and ATRA corporate member ICESPIKE.  Photo by John Vonhof. The ICESPIKE traction system for winter running ICESPIKES have been around for a while and have proven themselves to be a reliable tool… Read more »

Seasick Marketing Announces New Trail Race, Launches Registration

The following press release is from ATRA corporate member Seasick Sports Marketing. Seasick Marketing Announces New Trail Race, Launches Registration January 5th, 2016 (Del Mar, CA)- Seasick Sports Marketing Group, a Del Mar based Event Management Company, is excited to announce the launch of their 2016 event schedule with the addition of a new trail… Read more »

Welcome Double-track – ATRA adds a new corporate membership category

Written by Nancy Hobbs, Executive Director, American Trail Running Association. Photo by Ultra Trail del Mugello. Welcome Double-track – ATRA adds a new corporate membership category Colorado Springs, CO — In an effort to fill a void in its corporate membership categories, the American Trail Running Association (ATRA) will offer a double-track membership in 2016…. Read more »

Tom Johnson Inducted into the American Ultrarunning Hall of Fame

Press release from the American Ultrarunning Association, Morristown, NJ. Photo from www.run100s.com (Tom Johnson, 2nd row, 3rd from right). Tom Johnson Inducted into the American Ultrarunning Hall of Fame Tom Johnson can lay claim to the most unusual athletic background of any elite American ultrarunner–perhaps any American ultrarunner, period. In college at the University of California at… Read more »

9th Annual Vail Mountain Winter Uphill coming up February 21

Written by Jen Mason. Photo by ninetyseventy.com. 9th Annual Vail Mountain Winter Uphill coming up February 21 (Vail, Colo.) – What better way to celebrate American Heart Month than with a challenging trek up Vail Mountain on Sunday, February 21. The annual Vail Mountain Winter Uphill Race and Hike welcomes runners, hikers, skiers and snowshoers… Read more »

Atlas Snow-Shoe Co. Introduces New Peak Series Collection of Snowshoes

The following press release is from ATRA corporate member Atlas Snow-Shoe Co. and just in time for the winter season. In addition to the new Peak snowshoes mentioned below, experienced trail runners might want to consider the Atlas Speed series snowshoes for men and women. Atlas Snow-Shoe Co. Introduces New Peak Series Collection of Snowshoes New… Read more »

Pacing and mule-ing at USATF ultra running championships

Pacing and mule-ing at USATF ultra running championships With the first two 2016 USATF ultra running championships coming up in just a few weeks, we’ve been getting quite a few questions about pacing or “mule-ing” athletes. While pacing is not allowed, there is a provision for “safety runners.” USATF Mountain Ultra Trail (MUT) Council member… Read more »

2016 USATF Mountain, Ultra, Trail Championship Schedule

USATF Mountain Ultra Trail Council announces the following events slated to host national championships in 2016, covering distances from 10 kilometers to 100 miles as well as 24 hours. Nine states including California, Washington, Texas, Utah, Colorado, Wisconsin, Ohio, New York, and New Hampshire will serve as hosts in the coming year. January 9 –… Read more »

American Trail Running Association introduces new partner program

American Trail Running Association introduces new partner program Written by Nancy Hobbs, December 15, 2015 Colorado Springs, CO — The American Trail Running Association (ATRA) has introduced a new platform for vendors and suppliers to connect with and support trail race directors through its Event Standards Partnership Program. ATRA introduced its Event Standards Program in… Read more »

ATRA Event Standards Program Quick Start Guide

ATRA Event Standards Program Quick Start Guide Updated December 15, 2015 ATRA’s Event Standards Program is as an educational resource for race directors and race participants. The program, first introduced in 2012, is comprised of 15 criteria necessary for staging a safe and well-organized event. A more detailed version of our Event Standards Program is available… Read more »

Selection criteria announced for 2016 US Mountain Running Team

Selection criteria announced for 2016 US Mountain Running Team USATF Mountain Running Championships to feature equal race distances for men and women The 2016 USATF Mountain Running Championship returns to Loon Mountain Ski Area in Lincoln, New Hampshire on July 3 and will be the sole selection race for the US Mountain Running Team. After… Read more »

EX2 Adventures announces 2016 trail race schedule

The following announcement is from ATRA Single-track Corporate member EX2 Adventures. Since the year 2000, EX2 Adventures has produced quality outdoor adventure experiences for the greater Washington DC metropolitan community. Hello from EX2 Adventures! Even though we just wrapped up our 2015 season, it’s hard to contain my excitement for the 2016 EX2 race line… Read more »

Altra becomes exclusive footwear partner of the Hardrock 100

Press release from Altra Footwear. Altra Footwear is an ATRA Switchback Corporate Member. The Hardrock Hundred Mile Endurance Run is proud to announce a 3-year partnership with Altra Footwear. Silverton, Colorado Tuesday December 1st , 2015 – Altra Footwear becomes a Diamond Level Partner and the exclusive footwear partner of the Hardrock Hundred Mile Endurance… Read more »

Inaugural USA Ultra Team Invitational Results

Inaugural USA Ultra Team Invitational Results This past weekend teams from Altra, Hoka, Nike, Salomon and The North Face battled for prime positions on the steep trails of the Marin Headlands out side of San Francisco. The racers where participating in the inaugural USA Ultra Team Invitational which was held in conjunction with The North… Read more »

Smyth, Mattox Win Paul Mitchell Xterra Trail Run World Championships

Smyth, Mattox Win Paul Mitchell Xterra Trail Run World Championships Press release & photos from Trey Garman, Team Unlimited / XTERRA December 6, 2015 (Kaaawa, HI) – Patrick Smyth from Santa Fe, New Mexico and Kimber Mattox from Eugene, Oregon successfully defended their titles to capture the 8th annual Paul Mitchell XTERRA Trail Run World… Read more »

USATF Mountain, Ultra & Trail Running Council Meeting Minutes

USATF Mountain, Ultra & Trail Running (MUT) Council Meeting Meeting minutes by Traci Falbo. December 3, 2015 – Meeting #1 2:30 PM, Houston, TX ADMINISTRATION: 1) Welcome – introductions and attendance (collect names, email of attendees at all sessions). Lindsay Toussant from National office introduced themselves with Karl Eagleman, and Jim Estes. Lindsay is responsible… Read more »

Member Update: The Ultra Trail Costa Rica ARENAL VOLCANO

Member Update: The Ultra Trail Costa Rica ARENAL VOLCANO Written by Philippe Bukove from Costa Rica Race. Costa Rica Race is an ATRA corporate single-track member. A dream trial featuring magnificent scenery with spectacular views! The UTCR ARENAL VOLCANO (March 12-13th 2016) is a race byway and mountain trails, non-stop, individual participation, which has 5… Read more »

Flashback Friday: Race Experience Eclipsed by the Joy of Japan

Flashback Friday: Race Experience Eclipsed by the Joy of Japan Written by Nancy Hobbs (pictured above) for ATRA’s Trail Times Newsletter, May 3, 2005. Tired, confused, more than frustrated. I’ve been running for 6 hours on an unfamiliar trail, a trail I’ve never seen except on a topo map. Believe me, the trail I’m on… Read more »

Inaugural SLO Ultra Trail Race 2016 Registration Opens

Race SLO adds unique ultra run to its family of annual central coast events; debut ultra, hosted by HomeFed and benefitting The Land Conservancy, features three challenging trail courses – 50 mile, marathon and half-marathon – at Wild Cherry Canyon in Avila Beach on Saturday, September 10, 2016; registration is open at www.SLOultra.com. SAN LUIS… Read more »