Drake and Costales win the USATF Marathon Trail Championships

Rachel Drake (Portland, OR) and Anthony Costales (Salt Lake City, UT – pictured above) win the 2018 USATF Marathon Trail Championships hosted by American Trail Running Association member Moab Trail Marathon. Drake & Costales earn automatic spots on Team USA to compete at the 16th World Long Distance Mountain Running Championships in Villa La Angostura,… Read more »

Tayte Pollmann’s Himalayan Adventure – Part 1

Tayte Pollmann’s articles are supported by American Trail Running Association corporate member Nike Trail Running. You can follow Tayte’s trail adventures on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Most travelers to Nepal have visions of incredible treks they’d like to accomplish. The Annapurna Circuit, Everest Base Camp, Gokyo Lakes, are just a few examples of common routes that… Read more »

Featured Trail Town – Boise, Idaho

Welcome to the latest edition of our Trail Town series; this time more appropriately dubbed a “Trail City.”  Boise, ID has a population of 226,570 people and nearly 750,000 in the greater metro area known as the Treasure Valley. This edition of our Trail Town series is written by Bob Pollmann, father of ATRA Project Associate and… Read more »

Meet ATRA Trail Ambassador – Michele Hartwig

Please welcome the twenty second American Trail Running Association (ATRA) Trail Ambassador presented by CamelBak, and the tenth in 2018. Michele Hartwig, 51, is a lifelong resident of Illinois. She is a trail runner, race director, volunteer, and trail steward. Wrote nominator Krystal Hardy, “When you think about trail or ultra-running, you might not think… Read more »

The Running Event Opens Doors To North American Race Directors

Press release from American Trail Running Association (ATRA) partner Diversified Communications. ATRA has worked with Diversified Communications to create Trailhead Stage at the 2018 The Running Event. Trailhead Stage will offer an overview of the sport of trail running, a historical perspective and where the sport is going. Topics will include participation rates, brand involvement,… Read more »

Mountain Equipment Recyclers partners with ATRA

Mountain Equipment Recyclers, Inc. (MER), is excited to announce its new partnership with American Trail Running Association (ATRA). Located in Colorado Springs, Colorado, MER is a retail shop that specializes in high quality new and used outdoor equipment. Gear includes camping, backpacking, trail running, skiing, snowboarding, hiking, cycling, climbing, fly-fishing, canoes/kayaks and any other activity… Read more »

ATRA’s View from the Pack series presented by RaidLight shines a spotlight on Kyle Robidoux

In this series of articles, the American Trail Running Association recognizes and celebrates trail race volunteers and trail runners like Kyle Robidoux who have dedicated themselves as everyday athletes to grow trail running in their community. “View from the Pack” is supported by ATRA corporate member RaidLight. Kyle Robidoux was an attendee and panelist at… Read more »

Checklist for Trail Race Aid Station Preparedness

In an effort to provide medical awareness guidelines for trail race directors, Frank D. Dumont, MD, FACP, Internal Medicine, Estes Park Health, has devised the following aid station checklists. With the acronym, ESTES (Estes Park Standards for Trail Running Emergency Aid Stations), consider the following as support tools to ensure a successful trail running event…. Read more »

Tayte Pollmann’s Tuesday Trail Tip – My India Adventure Begins

Tayte Pollmann’s Tuesday Trail Tips series of articles are supported by American Trail Running Association corporate member Nike Trail Running. You can follow Tayte’s adventures on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. The Malnad Ultra is a member of the American Trail Running Association. Colorado Rockies, California coast lines, Appalachian Mountains, lush Oregon forests, or Arizona deserts… Read more »

Untangling the Recovery Process for Injuries, Healing, and Fitness

The following article was written by Ashley Brasovan, an elite trail runner for Hoka One One who enjoys training on the beautiful trails throughout Colorado. She is a graduate of Duke University and works as an Energy Efficiency and Sustainability Consultant in Golden, CO. Ashley is pictured above at the 2018 World Long Distance Mountain… Read more »

Tayte Pollmann’s Tuesday Trail Tip – Living in the Pyrénées

Tayte Pollmann’s Tuesday Trail Tips series of articles are supported by American Trail Running Association corporate member Nike Trail Running. You can follow Tayte from the wine country of Southern France on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.  This week I journey from the French wine country (see last week’s Tuesday Trail Running Tip), into remote areas… Read more »

Meet ATRA Trail Ambassador – Stephanie Davies

Please welcome the twenty first American Trail Running Association (ATRA) Trail Ambassador presented by CamelBak, and the ninth in 2018. Stephanie Davies is a trail runner, race director, coach, and an enthusiastic advocate for women’s running. This 49-year-old grew up in Hammonton, New Jersey and has made Belmont, California her home for nearly three decades…. Read more »

ATRA’s View from the Pack series presented by RaidLight shines a spotlight on Derek Wirth

In this series of articles, the American Trail Running Association recognizes and celebrates trail race volunteers and trail runners like Derek Wirth who have dedicated themselves as everyday athletes to grow trail running in their community. “View from the Pack” is supported by ATRA corporate member RaidLight. An interview with Derek Wirth by Nancy Hobbs… Read more »

Gray and Roche crowned USATF Half Marathon Trail Champions

On a crisp fall morning in Seeley, Wisconsin, more than 250 runners headed out at the Birkie Trail Runs, site of the USA Track & Field (USATF) Trail Running Championships. In order to combat the near-freezing temperatures, race leaders set a blistering pace in the early miles. “Joe (Gray), and I took it out hard,”… Read more »

Pacing Tips for Ultramarathons

Written by Andrew Simmons for the Fall 2018 edition of our Trail Times newsletter. Andrew is the Head Coach for Lifelong Endurance. Many ultra-distance events – typically 100 milers and longer – allow participants to have a crew on course at various points, as well as pacers who typically join their runner mid-way through a… Read more »

6th US Trail Running Conference a success in California

Written by Conference Director Terry Chiplin. The US Trail Running Conference was held in San Luis Obispo, California, August 29-31, the first time in the six-year history of the event it took place outside Estes Park, CO. More than 150 race directors, industry experts, trail runners, sponsors and exhibitors spent 2.5 days dedicated to celebrating and… Read more »

Leading WADA Code Compliant Anti-Doping Testing Companies Combine

Press release from Drug Free Sport (Kansas City, USA) and International Doping Tests & Management (IDTM – Stockholm, Sweden). The American Trail Running Association supports to expansion of anti-doping programs for mountain, ultra and trail running. Drug Free Sport has previously conducted anti-doping tests at ATRA member Western States 100 Mile Endurance Run.  September 25,… Read more »