US Trail Running Conference Launches Webinar Series

Kilian Jornet

Active at Altitude, organizers of the US Trail Running Conference, announces a webinar series geared to trail race directors that will feature monthly presentations on key subject areas that are critical for race directors to manage successful, viable, and sustainable events. The first of nine webinars will be held January 21, 2021, with the final… Read more »

How to Plan Your 2021 Training and Trail Racing


Last month I wrote about four ways trail running has improved during the pandemic. As we kick-off 2021, I’ve been thinking about how we as trail runners can learn from our experiences in 2020 to create effective training and racing goals for 2021. Racing and training may still look different than we were used to… Read more »

Opportunities for Collegiate Trail Running Are Growing


Trail running has not achieved the same status in collegiate sports compared to other disciplines of running such as track and field and cross country. This makes it more difficult to attract young and fast runners into trail running at the collegiate level. Currently, high school runners with aspirations to run in college seek out… Read more »

A Trail Runner’s Call for Climate Action

Climate Action

This article was written by trail runner and Dartmouth College student Soleil Gaylord. As we close out 2020, Soleil’s call for climate action caps off a difficult past 12 months for people and the planet. Climate Action was the American Trail Running Association’s theme for 2020.  I will remember 2020 as the year of coronavirus… Read more »

USATF Track Coach Newsletter Interviews Our Founder Nancy Hobbs

This interview was originally published in USATF Track Coach 2020 – Issue 233, the official technical publication of USA Track & Field. Track Coach and Editor Russ Ebbets interviewed Nancy Hobbs about mountain, ultra and trail (MUT) running. Nancy, what is your current position within USA Track & Field? Chairperson of the USATF Mountain Ultra… Read more »

Four Ways Trail Running Has Improved During the Pandemic

This year has certainly been odd and difficult for all of us living through the coronavirus pandemic, but I also notice the positive changes 2020 has brought about in my life. As strange as it is to say, 2020 has been one of the best years in my running career. I’ve overcome a ruptured achilles’… Read more »

Pikes Peak Marathon Returns for the 2021 Golden Trail World Series

Golden Trail

Announcement from The Golden Trail World Series (GTWS). GTWS sponsor Salomon Running is a longtime American Trail Running Association member. 2019 Pikes Peak Marathon photos by Philipp Reiter. 2020 was an unprecedented year for trail runners and trail racing due to the COVID-19 pandemic. To save the 2020 season the Golden Trail World Series (GTWS)… Read more »

ARE (Albany Running Exchange) You Ready for a Trail Adventure?


ARE Adventure race report written by ATRA contributor Laura Clark. Laura is an avid mountain, trail and snowshoe runner who lives in Saratoga Springs, NY, where she is a children’s librarian. Photos courtesy of Josh Merlis. Forty-eight of us signed up for Josh Merlis’ latest Adventure Running Exchange (ARE) challenge scheduled for December 6th in… Read more »

Tayte Pollmann’s Top Winter Trail Running Tips

The winter months bring colder, more inclement and often snowy weather making it harder for us to get out the door and go trail running. Your favorite trails might be muddy or icy so it helps to know what gear is suitable for staying warm, dry and safe while running. With the right preparation and… Read more »

2021 US Trail Running Conference Returns to Arkansas

Trail Running Conference

Announcement from American Trail Running Association partner US Trail Running Conference. Active at Altitude, organizers of the 9th Annual US Trail Running Conference has announced that the 2021 edition of the industry-leading Conference will return to Fayetteville, Arkansas, October 27 – 30, for the second year in a row. The Conference provides high quality content,… Read more »

ATRA Member inov-8 Donates Over $12,000 For Planting New Trees


Announcement from Lake District (United Kingdom) based inov-8, a long time member of the American Trail Running Association. inov-8 has donated $12,800 (£9,600) towards the planting of new trees and the restoration of peat habitats in the battle against climate change. The Lake District based brand – who specialize in trail running, hiking and fitness… Read more »

The Infinite Race from ESPN’s 30 For 30 Drops December 15th

The Infinite Race

The Infinite Race was directed by Bernardo Ruiz and features American Trail Running Association advisory board member, race director and photographer Luis Escobar. About the film Escobar says, “The Infinite Race is a visually stunning film that accurately describes the ancient and current challenges of Tarahumara life. This film continues where the book Born To… Read more »

What Should I Wear? How to Layer for Cold Weather Trail Runs

Tayte Winter Running

“There’s no such thing as bad weather, only inappropriate clothing.”  Trail running in cold conditions doesn’t have to be a bone-chilling experience that makes you dread heading out the door. With the right layering techniques and gear, you can run in most chilly conditions, stay warm and have an enjoyable experience. Listed below are examples… Read more »

ATRA Member AdventureCORPS announces Badwater 267 VR


Announcement from American Trail Running Association member AdventureCORPS®. In 2021, AdventureCORPS® – organizers of the world-famous Badwater® ultramarathon running races in Death Valley, across the USA, and beyond – will launch a new event called Badwater® 267 VR on January 1 through 31, 2021. Unlike other Badwater races held in remote locations and generally limited… Read more »

A Guide to Winter Trail Running Gear and Apparel Terminology

Winter Trail Running

Finding the right winter trail running gear is essential to staying comfortable and warm during your runs this time of year. What do I mean by “comfort?” Firstly, it’s based on personal perception and everyone has a different perception of when they are and aren’t comfortable. Most people agree that being cold and wet is… Read more »

Out-of-the-Box Injury Treatments for Staying on the Trail

“You probably shouldn’t run anymore, get a bike.” Those are the words of every runners’ nightmares, and what was said to me by an orthopedic surgeon three years ago following a cartilage injury to my knee. I did get a bike, because bikes are awesome. I also got a new doctor. Refusing to give those… Read more »

ATRA 25th Anniversary Challenge – Fall 2020


We at American Trail Running Association are excited to be celebrating our 25th anniversary through a unique virtual challenge for trail runners. Our first three tired challenge kicks off September 1, and runs through December 31, 2020. Participants can set goals of 25, 250 or 2500 kilometers and can walk, hike, or run their way… Read more »