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 »

Trail Runner’s Book Review: Heart Rate Training

Heart Rate Training: Customize Your Training Based on Individual Training and Goals, 2nd edition, by Roy Benson and Declan Connolly. Human Kinetics, 2020. Reviewed by trail runner Laura Clark for the spring 2020 edition of our Trail Times newsletter. Laura is an avid mountain, trail and snowshoe runner who lives in Saratoga Springs, NY, where… Read more »

Six Tips For Staying Healthy While Training

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. Trail running can help us feel mentally and physically strong even in the toughest of times…. Read more »

Coping with Change: Advice from Elite Trail Runner Sam Lewis

American Trail Running Association executive director Nancy Hobbs interviewed 2019 US Mountain Running Team member Sam Lewis to see how she’s adjusting her training to and coping with the COVID-19 pandemic. Sam Lewis lives in Moscow, Idaho where she is a teacher and coach. She stormed onto the mountain and trail racing scene in 2019… Read more »

Mountain Runners Around the World Reflect on COVID-19 Pandemic

Written by Kristy Reade with contributions from ATRA’s Nancy Hobbs for the World Mountain Running Association. Re-posted here with permission. “Let it be said that when things were at their worst, we were at our best.” – Leo Varadkar, Taoiseach (Prime Minister), Republic of Ireland. With the current COVID-19 pandemic having such a profound effect… Read more »

Trail Running in the Sun: Protection with Sunscreen is Paramount

Written by Lisa Heggie for the spring 2020 edition of our Trail Times newsletter. Lisa is co-owner of  KINeSYS, an American Trail Running Association corporate member. For those of us who hear the call of trails, there is complete certainty in what moves our soul. We love the outdoors, we are drawn to the mountains,… Read more »

Five Ways To Keep Your Shoes On Your Feet

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. Do you remember the last time you thought about how you tie your trail running shoes?… Read more »

Trail Runner’s Book Review: Race Across America

Race Across America: Eddie Gardner and the Great Bunion Derbies, by Charles B. Kastner. Syracuse University Press, 2020. Reviewed by trail runner Laura Clark for the spring 2020 edition of our Trail Times newsletter. Laura is an avid mountain, trail and snowshoe runner who lives in Saratoga Springs, NY, where she is a children’s librarian…. Read more »

Three Easy Snacks for Trail Runners

Written by Stephen R. Santangelo for the Spring 2020 edition of our Trail Times newsletter. Stephen has been in the fitness industry since 1979 and created his own specialty exercises & programs based upon the anthropological movement of the human body. Many of us live an active life on the trails and we’re often on… Read more »

A Trail Runner’s Tips for Working from Home

Due to the COVID-19, many of you may be working from home for the first time in your career. Having worked out of my home on and off for the past 30 years, I have a few tips to share. Movement Although you may be tempted to sit at your desk for hours on end… Read more »

Optimize Your Training During the Coronavirus Racing Drought

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.  With nearly all the country’s trail races cancelled or suspended until further notice due to the… Read more »

ATRA Member Balega Socks Brings New Spring Colors to the Trails

Press release from American Trail Running Association corporate member Balega. Balega International, a leading sock brand in the run specialty market, is expanding its popular Ultralight collection for Spring 2020 with the introduction of new colorways in the Crew and No Show models. The new styles will be available online and at specialty retail stores… Read more »

From the ATRA Archive: Dave Dunham’s Winter Mountain Running Adventure

The following story was written by 1993 World Mountain Running Trophy silver medalist Dave Dunham. A prolific multi-surface athlete and adventure, Dave writes about snowshoe running up Kearsarge Mountain in New Hampshire fifteen years ago with teammates Dan Verrington, Alan Bernier and ATRA’s Richard Bolt. March 18, 2005 – My injured hip left me unable… Read more »

COVID-19 Impacts Trail Races: Now What?

Trail races nationwide are being canceled, or postponed due to COVID-19, which in turn raises the level of angst for trail runners. Not only are you dealing with the negativity and adverse impact on your daily life from the constant barrage of media attention to the corona virus, something you love to do…run and compete…seems… Read more »

The Importance of Recovery for Trail Runners

Written by Andrew Simmons for the Spring 2020 edition of our Trail Times newsletter. Andrew is the Head Coach for Lifelong Endurance. As a professional coach to both youth and adult trail runners, I find more often than not I have to teach athletes how to restrain themselves more than I have to push them…. Read more »

How to Find and Enjoy “Secret Trails”

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.  Do you have a favorite trail that not many people know about? Perhaps it’s hard to… Read more »

Spartan Trail Partners with the US Trail Running Conference

Press release from ATRA partner US Trail Running Conference. Spartan Trail is an ATRA corporate member. Over 20 Spartan Trail events can be found on our event calendar. World’s largest OCR and endurance brand becomes presenting sponsor for trail runner segment of the 2020 US Trail Running Conference. Active at Altitude, organizers of the US… Read more »