Featured Trail Town – North Lake Tahoe

North Lake Tahoe

Welcome to another installment of our “Trail Town” series spotlighting North Lake Tahoe, California. Most trail runners may be familiar with this region as home to the start of the Western States 100 Mile Endurance Run and the start and finish line for the Broken Arrow Skyrace, but did you know there’s so much more… Read more »

Nathan QuickSqueeze Lite Insulated Flask

Nathan

Nathan QuickSqueeze Lite Insulated Flask 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. Flask provided free of charge by Nathan. OK, I admit it. I am a handheld junkie. I also have a size-able collection of… Read more »

Trail Runner’s Gear Review: Swiftwick Flite XT Zero Sock

Swiftwick

Swiftwick Flite XT Zero socks 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. Socks provided free of charge by Swiftwick. Possessing a Swiftwick Flite XT Zero sock is akin to acquiring a foot covering with its… Read more »

Featured Trail Town – Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania

Welcome to another installment of our “Trail Town” series, this time spotlighting the Lehigh Valley region located in eastern Pennsylvania. Written by Bree Nidds and Mary Coryell, this feature was provided by Discover Lehigh Valley. Lehigh Valley is home to Allentown, Bethlehem, and Easton, as well as a dozen charming towns and boroughs. Lehigh Valley… Read more »

Jackpot Ultra & USATF 100 Mile (Road) Championship Results

Written by USATF MUT Council vice-chair Meghan Canfield. The Jackpot Ultra Running Festival hosted the 2021 USATF 100 Mile Road Championships in Henderson, Nevada on April 24 where $10,000 in prize money was up for grabs. With temperatures predicted to reach into the 90s, and wind gusts up to 40 mph for the USATF 100… Read more »

2022 IAU 100km World Championship – Team USA Selection & Qualifiers

2022 U.S. National 100Km Team Qualifying Standards and List of Current Qualifiers The USATF 100 Kilometer National Team will compete in the 2022 International Association of Ultrarunners (IAU) 100 Kilometer World Championship under the patronage of the IAAF on a date and location to be determined (Note that this event has an “even year” occurrence)…. Read more »

2021 WMRA International U18 Mountain Running Cup is Cancelled

Announcement from the World Mountain Running Association (WMRA). ATRA founder Nancy Hobbs is the WMRA treasurer. Photo by Jumpy James. Unfortunately we have to bring you the disappointing news that the decision has been made to cancel both the 2021 European Mountain Running Championships and the 2021 International U18 Mountain Running Cup this year. Both… Read more »

Trail Running Maui with Nancy Hobbs & Anita Ortiz

Anita Ortiz Maui

An excellent trail running adventure starts with a like-minded friend who is always up for traveling to explore new areas. I have such a best friend in Anita Ortiz and over the years we have visited locations near and far including Italy, Iceland, Slovenia, Austria, New Zealand, and Australia among them to enjoy running trails… Read more »

Skin Cancer Awareness Month Could Save Your Life

Skin Cancer Awareness

In support of May being Skin Cancer Awareness month, Lisa Heggie, co-owner of ATRA member KINeYS Performance Sunscreen, wrote this article to help educate the trail running community about skin cancer facts and tips for prevention. The KINeSYS story is about more than making high quality sunscreen, we exist to play a part in creating… Read more »

US Trail Running Conference Webinar Inspires Climate Action Champions

Climate Action

Announcement from American Trail Running Association partner US Trail Running Conference. UltraSignup powers ATRA’s individual and corporate membership registration. Industry experts summarize key factors to propel the sport towards achieving a zero carbon footprint The fourth webinar in a nine-webinar series introduced by the US Trail Running Conference and presented by the leading trail registration… Read more »

Inside Salomon Running With Mike Ambrose

Salomon is a leading brand in the trail running industry that has pushed the sport to new heights in recent years. The company sponsors many of the world’s best trail runners, created the Golden Trail Series (which attracts elite athletes around the world to compete in its races), and has an extensive team innovating some… Read more »

ATRA Member Spartan Trail US Championship Coming to Fayetteville

Spartan Trail

Announcement from American Trail Running Association (ATRA) Spartan Trail. ATRA partner US Trail Running Conference will host its 2021 edition in Fayetteville, Arkansas that same week. In partnership with Experience Fayetteville, Spartan Trail gives its first step towards their full induction into the trail running world on October 30-31, 2021. The picturesque trail town of… Read more »

Why Trail Runners Should Practice Feldenkrais®

Feldenkrais

The Feldenkrais Method® founded by Ukranian-Israeli physicist, Moshé Feldenkrais in the mid-20th century, is a form of exercise therapy that uses awareness of body movements to improve your physical and mental functioning. According to The Feldenkrais Educational Foundational of North America (FEFNA), “The Feldenkrais Method of somatic education uses gentle movement and directed attention to… Read more »

The Ecology of Commerce: A Trail Running Perspective

In 1993, one of the world’s leading voices for the environmental movement and best-selling author, Paul Hawken, wrote The Ecology of Commerce, a book that highlights the problem of the extreme environmental impact caused by modern business practices. “There is no polite way to say that business is destroying the world” (page 3), writes Hawken… Read more »

History of the U.S. Mountain Running Team – 1985 to 2020

Written by Richard Bolt and Dave Dunham, self proclaimed mountain running historian and silver medalist at the 1993 World Mountain Running Trophy race. The following is a history of US individual and team podium results in the World Mountain Running Trophy (1985-2009) / World Mountain Running Championships (2010-2019). This championship event was organized by the… Read more »

ATRA Member Inov-8 Opens Its First Brand Store In U.K. Lake District

inov-8

Announcement from American Trail Running Association member inov-8. Photos by John Shedwick Photography. The outdoors hub of Staveley in the United Kingdom’s Lake District was gripped with excitement this morning as inov-8 flung open the doors to its first-ever brand store. Customers eagerly waited outside The Forge ahead of its 9am opening in the popular… Read more »

Trail Runner’s Book Review: A Runner’s High by Dean Karnazes

Dean Karnazes

A Runner’s High: My Life in Motion, by Dean Karnazes. HarperCollins, 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. Known as the Ultramarathon Man, with a book of the same title, Dean Karnazes presents himself… Read more »

Skyrunning World Championships Gear Up For Re-Start

Skyrunning World Championships

Announcement from the International Skyrunning Federation (ISF). Learn how ATRA is supporting Skyrunning in the United States. Above photo from iancorless.com. Some good news to kick off the year’s sporting calendar. The Skyrunning World Championships and Youth World Championships are back with teams from no less than 29 countries participating across the two events. After… Read more »

ATRA Member Spartan Trail World Championship Continues at Argentina’s Patagonia Run

Spartan Trail

Announcement from American Trail Running Association member Spartan Trail. Images by Fotos de Aventura. Last weekend was huge for Argentina’s trail running scene with Patagonia Run’s event in the stunning mountain village of San Martín de los Andes, in Argentina’s Northern Patagonia. Following COVID-19 guidelines and protocols from the local and national authorities, Patagonia Run… Read more »