Long-time Friend of ATRA Leslie Jordan Adds Personal Protective Equipment to Product Line

The American Trail Running Association has a long relationship with Leslie Jordan (pictured above), both professionally and personally with our founder Nancy Hobbs. “I met Leslie in the 80s, shortly after the 1986 launch of her business, and we have been friends ever since,” said ATRA executive director Nancy Hobbs. “I remember meeting Leslie and… Read more »

Featured Trail Town – Knoxville, Tennessee

Welcome to another installment of our “Trail Town” series spotlighting the third largest city in Tennessee – Knoxville: population 189,797. Located in the heart of the Appalachian Mountains, Knoxville is situated in the Tennessee Valley, about halfway between the Great Smoky Mountains to the east and the Cumberland Plateau to the west. [Editors Note] At… Read more »

How to Improve Your Mental Health During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Tayte Pollmann’s articles are supported by American Trail Running Association corporate member Nike Trail Running. You can follow Tayte’s adventures on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. If you liked this article, read even more of Tayte’s articles on our website.  The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the physical and mental health of a great number of people… Read more »

American Bob Crowley Named New President of International Trail Running Association

Announcement from Enrico Pollini, Secretary General, International Trail Running Association (ITRA). Trail Animal’s Running Club (TARC) mentioned below are a long-time American Trail Running Association corporate member. The International Trail Running Association (ITRA) announced today that Bob Crowley (USA) was elected president and José Carlos Santos (PRT) was appointed managing director, signaling the beginning of… Read more »

RunRepeat Study Shows Exercise is Up 88% During COVID-19 Pandemic

Survey by Paul Ronto at RunRepeat and republished here with permission. The original survey results was published on RunRepeat.com April 2, 2020. The world is in crisis because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Between government lockdowns, layoffs, furloughs, work from home mandates, school closures, and sports facility shutdowns, we wanted to understand how this virus is… Read more »

New England’s Oldest Mountain Running Race is Not Cancelled (Yet)

Press release from the 60th Northeast Delta Dental Mount Washington Road Race. This historic 7.6 mile uphill only race climbs 4,650 feet to the wind-swept summit. As the entire globe struggles with the Covid-19 pandemic, race organizers at the Mount Washington Auto Road are working out contingency plans for a possible postponement of the June… Read more »

Why Race Directors Need Event Liability Insurance for Virtual Trail Races

Nicholas Hill Group, Inc., provides event liability insurance for American Trail Running Association (ATRA) event members through our Trail Running Insurance Program (T.R.I.P.). The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in the cancellation of most trail races leading to a sharp increase in virtual trail races. Our executive director Nancy Hobbs (pictured below) recently had a conversation… Read more »

Trail Runner Product Review: Swiftwick Vibe and Flight XT Socks

Swiftwick socks reviewed by Colorado Springs’ trail runner Dreama Walton who was a member of ATRA’s 2017 Pikes Peak Trekker team and put these socks to the test during her runs and in-home strength training routines. Swiftwick is an American Trail Running Association corporate member and provided these socks for review. VIBE I first tried… Read more »

ATRA Member Leslie Jordan, Inc., Unveils Face Masks and RACE WRAPS

Press release from American Trail Running Association (ATRA) corporate member Leslie Jordan, Inc.. Leslie Jordan, Inc., ever the leader in high-quality performance and lifestyle gear for endurance events, has another trick up their sleeve! The company’s RACE WRAPS are more than just face shields and headbands – they can be easily transformed into face masks… Read more »

Tayte Pollmann’s First Virtual Race Experience

Tayte Pollmann’s articles are supported by American Trail Running Association corporate member Nike Trail Running. You can follow Tayte’s adventures on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. If you liked this article, read even more of Tayte’s articles on our website.  Due to the coronavirus pandemic, races around the world are cancelled and many runners are turning… Read more »

Climate Action: Our Theme for 2020

The American Trail Running Association (ATRA), is proud to announce “Climate Action” as our theme for 2020. This important topic follows our recent annual themes including last year’s Trail Running Responsibly, 2018’s Trail Stewardship: Leaving a Lasting Legacy, and the 2017 theme, Community: Building Trail Running Connections. At ATRA, our mission is to represent and… Read more »

2020 Youth Skyrunning World Championships Postponed

Press release from the International Skyrunning Federation (ISF). The American Trail Running Association is an ISF associate member. The fifth edition of the Youth Skyrunning World Championships scheduled for July 31 and August 2, 2020 in Italy, has been postponed to July 30 and August 1, 2021 at the same venue, in L’Aquila, near Rome…. Read more »

How to Support Your Local Running Specialty Stores

Tayte Pollmann’s articles are supported by American Trail Running Association corporate member Nike Trail Running. You can follow Tayte’s adventures on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. If you liked this article, read even more of Tayte’s articles on our website. The COVID-19 pandemic has been difficult for all of us in the running community, including running… Read more »

2020 IAU 100 km World Championship Cancelled Due to COVID-19 Pandemic

Announcement from U.S. 100K Team manager Lin Gentling. Lin has been a USATF National Championship liaison for many trail and ultra championships and lives in Minnesota. Dear Runners, today we were informed that the International Association of Ultrarunning (IAU) has cancelled the 100K World Championships due to be held on September 12th in Winschoten, The… Read more »

Guest Editorial: Why We Don’t Need Virtual Trail Running Events….Right Now

This guest editorial was written by Pacific Coast Trail Runs Race Director Greg Lanctot. The views expressed are Lanctot’s and don’t necessarily reflect the opinions or policies of the American Trail Running Association. Lanctot resides in California and is President Emeritus of Quicksilver Running Club, a retired NASM-PES-CES-CPT Trainer, retired Youth & Special Needs Fitness… Read more »

Harrison Walter’s Race Redemption

Written by Harrison Walter, whose article, “What Running Means to Me,” was published last year. Harrison runs on the varsity high school track and cross-country teams at Custer County High School in Westcliffe, Colorado and regularly competes in trail races. He turns 16 in April and was diagnosed as being on the autism spectrum when… Read more »

Social Distance Learning Videos with Nano on Trails

It may be April 1st, but this is no April Fools joke! Stuck at home due to the coronavirus pandemic, our founder and executive director Nancy Hobbs is sharing her non-trail running knowledge in a series of short, entertaining, social distance (learning) videos. Covering subjects including homophones, fractions, geography and oenology, these bite sized videos… Read more »

Tayte Pollmann’s In-Home Strength Routine for Trail Runners

Tayte Pollmann’s articles are supported by American Trail Running Association corporate member Nike Trail Running. You can follow Tayte’s adventures on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. If you liked this article, read even more of Tayte’s articles on our website. Strength training is a great form of exercise that trail runners should incorporate into their weekly… Read more »