A Trail Runner’s Poem: Nature is Open

Poem

This poem first appeared in the Fall 2021 issue of our Trail Times newsletter. The poem was conceived and written at the Active at Altitude fall Trail Running Camp, September 16, 2021 in Estes Park, Colorado by Virginia Schultz, Jason Lenz, Allison Corcoran, Rebecca Kadish, Jim Armentrout, Brian Halweil, Dawn Vaughn, Carolyn Weber, Vicki Hunter,… Read more »

Over 950 Athletes Race Wisconsin’s Birkie Trail Run Festival

Birkie

Announcement from American Trail Running Association member Birkie Trail Run Festival. Photos: American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation. A crisp autumn morning shaped up for ideal conditions as runners and trekkers took to the hills for to the annual Birkie Trail Run Festival, sponsored by Salomon. Over 950 runners and trekkers, from 33 states, took part in… Read more »

Elevated Retreats Hosts First Trail Running & Feldenkrais Retreat

Feldenkrais

“Make the impossible possible, the possible easy, the easy elegant.” -Moshé Pinchas Feldenkrais This past Saturday Elevated Retreats Co. hosted their first “Feldenkrais-running retreat” in the scenic mountain town of Salida, Colorado. Feldenkrais is a form of exercise therapy that uses awareness of body movements to improve physical and mental function. This one day event… Read more »

World Cup Race Report: Italy’s Trofeo Ciolo

Trofeo Ciolo

Announcement from the World Mountain Running Association (WMRA). The American Trail Running Association is a WMRA media partner and will be providing coverage of all sixteen events in the 2021 Mountain Running World Cup. ATRA founder Nancy Hobbs is a member of the WMRA Council. Photos: WMRA / Marco Gulberti. Stage 11 of the 2021… Read more »

US Trail Running Conference Webinar Features Marketing Strategies to Build Community

Marketing

Announcement from American Trail Running Association (ATRA) partner US Trail Running Conference. Trail running industry experts deliver timely advice on the latest digital platforms across email, social media, and podcasts The final webinar in a nine-webinar series produced by the US Trail Running Conference and presented by the leading trail registration platform UltraSignup, was hosted… Read more »

Gray and Johnson Win 2021 USATF Half Marathon Trail Championships

Written by USATF Half Marathon Trail Championship Liaison Lin Gentling. Photos by USATF LDR Chairperson Michael Scott. Another perfect day in paradise. Northern Wisconsin never disappoints with the fall foliage and perfect running temperatures. Today was no different as the Birkie Trail Run Festival, outside of Cable, Wisconsin, hosted the 2021 USATF Half Marathon Trail… Read more »

Badwater Cape Fear Ultramarathon Returns to Bald Head Island

Badwater Cape Fear

Announcement from American Trail Running Association member AdventureCORPS. The BADWATER® ultra running experience returns to the East Coast when the seventh BADWATER CAPE FEAR race takes place on Bald Head Island, North Carolina on Saturday, October 2, 2021. With 50km and 51-mile race options and a start line at the foot of the Old Baldy… Read more »

Mountain Running World Cup Moves to Italy’s Mediterranean Coast

World Cup

Announcement from the World Mountain Running Association (WMRA). The American Trail Running Association is a WMRA media partner and will be providing coverage of all sixteen events in the 2021 Mountain Running World Cup. ATRA founder Nancy Hobbs is a member of the WMRA Council. Photos: WMRA. The next stage of the WMRA Mountain Running… Read more »

Embrace Resilience In Your Trail Running Training

Resilience

Written by Andrew Simmons for the Fall 2021 edition of our Trail Times newsletter. Simmons is an avid trail runner and the Head Coach for Lifelong Endurance. The definition of resilience implies that you have rebounded from a difficult situation whether it be a tough patch in your job, your relationship, or even an injury… Read more »

Casual Trail Runner Julie Sheaffer Reviews the La Sportiva Cyklon

Julie Sheaffer

La Sportiva and BOA are American Trail Running Association corporate members. Courtesy of ATRA member BOA, we gave away several pairs of La Sportiva’s new Cyklon to see what our members think about these highly engineered and innovative trail running shoes. After her new shoes into the woods for a spin, New Jersey based trail… Read more »

Trail Runner’s Book Review – Runner’s High by Josiah Hesse

Runner's High

Runner’s High: How a Movement of Cannabis-Fueled Athletes is Changing the Science of Sports, by Josiah Hesse. G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 2021. Reviewed by trail runner Laura Clark. Laura is an avid mountain, trail and snowshoe runner who lives in Saratoga Springs, NY, where she is a children’s librarian. From the moment I picked up Josiah… Read more »

Trail Race Course Marking Advice From Ian Torrence

Course Marking

Proper course marking is one of a race director’s most important tasks and is essential for putting on a safe and successful trail race. Trail races can be more challenging to mark than road or cross country events because they are often staged in large parks, forest, or mountainous areas with trail systems with complex… Read more »

Grayson Murphy Smashes Course Record at the Canfranc-Canfranc 16K

Grayson Murphy

Announcement from the World Mountain Running Association (WMRA). The American Trail Running Association is a WMRA media partner and will be providing coverage of all sixteen events in the 2021 Mountain Running World Cup. ATRA founder Nancy Hobbs is a member of the WMRA Council. Photos: WMRA / Canfranc-Canfranc. After an exciting day of racing… Read more »

Charlotte Morgan and Peter Frano Win Spain’s Canfranc-Canfranc 45K

Canfranc

Announcement from the World Mountain Running Association (WMRA). The American Trail Running Association is a WMRA media partner and will be providing coverage of all sixteen events in the 2021 Mountain Running World Cup. ATRA founder Nancy Hobbs is a member of the WMRA Council. Photos: WMRA / Canfranc-Canfranc. There was a huge amount of… Read more »

American Grayson Murphy to Run Spain’s Canfranc Canfranc Mountain Race

Grayson Murphy

Announcement from the World Mountain Running Association (WMRA). The American Trail Running Association is a WMRA media partner and will be providing coverage of all sixteen events in the 2021 Mountain Running World Cup. ATRA founder Nancy Hobbs is a member of the WMRA Council. Photo Above: Marco Gulberti. World Mountain Running Champion Grayson Murphy… Read more »

Lincks and Gray Defend Home Turf at the Cirque Series Arapahoe Basin

Over the past several years, the Cirque Series has quickly become one of the most competitive short-distance mountain race series in the Western United States. Founded in 2015, the series consists of six races hosted by some of the county’s most renowned alpine ski resorts. This year’s venues include Alta, Utah, Brighton, Utah, Alyeska, Alaska,… Read more »

Grayson Murphy Wins WMRA World Cup Race Trofeo Nasego

Grayson Murphy

Announcement from the World Mountain Running Association (WMRA). The American Trail Running Association is a WMRA media partner and will be providing coverage of all sixteen events in the 2021 Mountain Running World Cup. ATRA founder Nancy Hobbs is a member of the WMRA Council. Photo Above: Alexis Courthoud. After Saturday’s exciting racing at Vertical… Read more »

US Trail Running Conference announces Diversity Scholarship for Trail Race Directors & Community Organizers

Conference

Announcement from American Trail Running Association (ATRA) partner US Trail Running Conference. Industry leading event takes action to help and support race directors and community organizers from underrepresented groups in the sport. Active at Altitude, organizers of the US Trail Running Conference has announced an exciting new scholarship designed to bring more race directors and… Read more »

Grayson Murphy Finishes 2nd at Italy’s Vertical Nasego Race

Grayson Murphy

Announcement from the World Mountain Running Association (WMRA). The American Trail Running Association is a WMRA media partner and will be providing coverage of all sixteen events in the 2021 Mountain Running World Cup. ATRA founder Nancy Hobbs is a member of the WMRA Council. Photo Above: Marco Gulberti. Victory for Andrea Mayr (Austria) and… Read more »

UTMB Stories: Unpacking Coloradan Josh Eberly’s First OCC

Josh Eberly

Last Sunday, August 29, concluded a week of trail running action at the 2021 Ultra-Trail du Mont Blanc (UTMB) races held in Chamonix, France. UTMB week includes an alphabet soup of trail races of different distances, including the YCC (4, 8 & 15 km), MCC (40 km), OCC (56 km), CCC (101 km), TDS (145 km),… Read more »