Featured Trail Town – Roanoke in Virginia’s Blue Ridge

Welcome to another installment of our “Trail Town” series of articles. These articles feature a trail running town that you should put on your bucket list of places to visit! This month we feature Roanoke in Virginia’s Blue Ridge with a population of 99,000, comprised of many smaller communities including Carvins Cove, Mill Mountain Park,… Read more »

The Hidden Dangers of Toe Warmers

Written By Maureen E. Roberts Have you ever gone skiing on a frigid Northeast winter day, popped some toe warmers on your ski sock underfoot, put on your boots, and headed out on the mountain, confident your feet will stay warm after hours riding a chilly lift? Many of us have, with nary a thought… Read more »

Trail running meets cross country skiing at the American Birkebeiner

This past weekend American Trail Running Association Director of Marketing Richard Bolt travelled to Hayward, Wisconsin to participate in the largest cross country ski race in North America – the Slumberland American Birkebeiner. With over 13,000 skiers and an estimated 30,000 spectators, “Birkie” weekend has grown from humble roots when in 1973 Tony Wise and… Read more »

Kinabalu: new trail running range from SCOTT

Press release from American Trail Running Association member Scott Running. With a range of trail running shoes and functional apparel, SCOTT Running is presenting ‘the new head-to-toe’ Kinabalu trail running collection inspired by Malaysia’s highest mountain. Mount Kinabalu is a mountain that has it all in one place when it comes to diversity of trail… Read more »

Meet ATRA Trail Ambassador – Victor Mariano

Please welcome the fourteenth American Trail Running Association (ATRA) Trail Ambassador presented by CamelBak, and the second in 2018. Meet cancer survivor Victor Mariano, a trail race committee member, trail builder, and tireless volunteer. In his nomination, Aaron Saft wrote, “Victor Mariano embodies the human being we all should strive to be. He is selfless,… Read more »

2018 US Trail Running Conference adds Race Directors HQ as sponsor

Press release from ATRA partner US Trail Running Conference and originally published here.  Tools and reports provided by Race Directors HQ add value for attending race directors. The US Trail Running Conference has reached a sponsorship agreement with Race Directors HQ, the online race director resource platform, for the 6th annual event to be held… Read more »

Mountain Running Coaching Seminar Coming March 3 in Italy

On Saturday 3 March, at the end of the Mountain Running Italian Team training camp (25 Feb-4 March), a coaching seminar on off-road running will be held in Boario Terme, Italy. The athletes selected by FIDAL (Italian Athletics Federation) are: Men (club): Baldaccini Alex (Atletica Valle Brembana) Cagnati Luca (Atletica Valli Bergamasche) Cavagna Nadir (Atletica… Read more »

Trail Tip Tuesday – Safely Run on Snow & Ice

Hello trail runners! It’s #TrailTipTuesday brought to you by ATRA member Vasque Footwear and trail running pro Jason Poole.  It’s still winter out there in trail running land so this week Jason has tips for running safely on snow & ice. “To safely run on snow & ice, try these suggestions: use a traction device… Read more »

2018 US Trail Running Conference announces groundbreaking Responsible Sport Certification and sponsorship agreement with Ragnar Events

Press release from ATRA partner US Trail Running Conference. US Trail Running Conference organizers seek to take a further step forward and share education in leadership of responsible trail running across all trail races and trail runners. The US Trail Running Conference is seeking to be the first sport related Conference to be awarded a… Read more »

Ready, set, action: Get ready for a trail running photo shoot

How do photographers snap the perfect trail running photo that appears in a magazine ad in Trail Runner magazine or a Runner’s World “rave run?”  Having been on several photo shoots with professional photographers – one of which was a Rave Run shoot – I can tell you that it isn’t just one shot and… Read more »

ATRA announces a second year with Race Roster as a preferred partner in Event Standards Program

The American Trail Running Association (ATRA) is pleased to announce Race Roster as a second-year partner in Event Standards Program for race directors.  The Event Standards Program provides guidelines for use in planning for and staging safe and successful trail running events.  Race directors who’s events adhere to the majority of the criteria, may include our… Read more »

We’re proud to introduce CEP Compression as a partner in our Trail Ambassador program

We’re proud to introduce CEP Compression is a new partner in our Trail Ambassador program presented by CamelBak. CEP Compression joins CamelBak, adidas Outdoor, LEKI USA, Health I.Q., and OrthoLite as a partner in this second-year program, which honors outstanding individuals in the trail running community. Each month an ambassador will be chosen form a pool… Read more »

2018 USATF 100 Mile Trail Championships – Race Preview

Rocky Raccoon event organizers Tejas Trails are long time American Trail Running Association corporate members. On February 3rd and 4th in Huntsville, Texas Tejas Trails will host the USA Track & Field (USATF) 100 Mile Trail Championships and 26th running of the Rocky Raccoon 100 mile. According to race director Chris McWatters, “this race just… Read more »

2018 Loon Mountain Race to Host Fifth Annual Collegiate National Championship

Press release from ATRA strategic partner Collegiate Running Association. The Collegiate Running Association has announced the fifth-annual Collegiate Mountain Running National Championships will take place on July 8, 2018, at the Loon Mountain Race, hosted by acidotic RACING, in Lincoln, New Hampshire. For the fifth consecutive year, prize money will be distributed to the top… Read more »

Collegiate Running Association Renews Association Partnership with US Trail Running Conference

Press release from ATRA strategic partner Collegiate Running Association. The Collegiate Running Association is excited to announce it has extended its Association Partnership for the 2018 US Trail Running Conference to be held August 29-31, 2018. The Conference is presented by the City of San Luis Obispo, CA, and Race Roster, the fastest growing endurance… Read more »

Meet Trail Ambassador – Brandon Stapanowich

Please welcome the 13th American Trail Running Association (ATRA) Trail Ambassador presented by CamelBak, and our first of 2018. We’re proud to introduce you to 33-year-old Brandon Stapanowich. Brandon is an accomplished trail runner with myriad athletic achievements to his credit, a community volunteer, a role model. Humble to his core, Stapanowich, who grew up… Read more »

Barr Trail Mountain Race supports US Mountain Running Team

The Barr Trail Mountain Race (BTMR) debuted in 2000 and has been challenging competitors with its rugged terrain ever since (save 2012 when the Waldo Canyon Fire caused the race to be cancelled). The course is 12.6 miles long and boasts more than 3600 feet of climbing as it ascends from the Cog Railway in Manitou… Read more »