2021 US Trail Running Conference Highlights Restorative Initiatives

Trail Running Conference

Announcement from American Trail Running Association partner US Trail Running Conference. Industry leading event shares insights to help move trail running towards a sustainable, safer and more diverse future. The ninth annual US Trail Running Conference took place October 27-30, in Fayetteville, Arkansas, and offered presentations and panel discussions, morning trail runs and vendor displays… Read more »

Featured Trail Town – The Outer Banks of North Carolina

Outer Banks

Welcome to another installment of our “Trail Town” series spotlighting the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Contributions by Stephanie Hall, Senior Content Coordinator from The Outer Banks Visitors Bureau. Photos: The Outer Banks Visitors Bureau. The Outer Banks of North Carolina is a barrier island lined with quaint towns and sleepy fishing villages connected by walkways… Read more »

Badwater Salton Sea 81-Mile Ultramarathon Kicks Off Sunday

Badwater Salton Sea

Announcement from American Trail Running Association member AdventureCORPS®, Inc. Photo: AdventureCORPS®, Inc.  The BADWATER® ultra running experience returns to Imperial and San Diego Counties when the eighth BADWATER SALTON SEA race takes place on November 7-8, 2021. Borrego Springs, CA: AdventureCORPS®, Inc. – organizers of the world-famous Badwater 135 Ultramarathon from Death Valley to Mt…. Read more »

1st World Mountain and Trail Running Championship Postponed Till November 2022

Announcement from the The World Mountain & Trail Running Championship Partnership – World Mountain Running Association (WMRA), International Trail Running Association (ITRA) and International Association of Ultrarunners (IAU). This joint statement by WMRA, ITRA and IAU follows on from the online conference on 3rd November 2021 hosted by World Athletics on mountain and trail running… Read more »

Yoshizumi and Delorenzi Win 2021 Skyrunning OPEN VK Championship

Announcement from the International Skyrunning Federation (ISF). Learn more about how the American Trail Running Association helps to support Skyrunning. Photo above: Maurizio Torri. After launching in May, the new Skyrunning VK (vertical kilometer) OPEN Championships celebrated the grand finale at Limone Extreme on Friday, October 29, 2021 where the winners were crowned on the… Read more »

Spartan Trail US Championships A Success In Fayetteville

Spartan Trail

This past weekend October 30 and 31, the 2021 Spartan Trail US Championships were held in Trail Town Fayetteville, Arkansas in the lush the Ozark National Forest. Since its inception in 2018, Spartan Trail, the dedicated trail running branch of the larger Obstacle Course Racing (OCR) Spartan corporation, has organized many large, high-energy and well-funded… Read more »

Victory for Ghelfi and Abraham at the Mountain Running Nations Cup

Nations Cup

Announcement from the World Mountain Running Association (WMRA). The American Trail Running Association is a WMRA media partner. ATRA founder Nancy Hobbs is a member of the WMRA Council. Photos: Marco Gulberti. [Editor’s Note: The USA Track & Field (USATF) COVID-19 Working Group’s current international travel policy for U.S. teams prohibited American athletes from participating… Read more »

“Trail Runner Day” Concludes The 2021 US Trail Running Conference

Trail Conference

Saturday, October 30, the 2021 US Trail Running Conference came to an end in Fayetteville, Arkansas. After three days of activities for event directors, the conference’s annual “Trail Runner Day” included presentations and panel discussions to help trail runners learn more about the sport they love. The day’s first activity was a group trail run… Read more »

“Run Wild” – World Athletics Webinar on Mountain & Trail Races

Announcement from World Athletics. Founded in 1912, World Athletics fulfills the need for a world governing authority, for a competition program, for standardized technical equipment and for a list of official world records. This World Athletics webinar features fourteen leaders in the sports of mountain, ultra and trail running including Americans David Callahan (UltraSignup), Terry… Read more »

Building Business and Community at The US Trail Running Conference

Trail Conference

Friday October 29th marked the last of three days of race director content at the ninth annual US Trail Running Conference in Fayetteville, Arkansas. The day was focused on “Community and Business” and included engaging presentations, panel discussions, as well as outdoor activities such as the morning group run and electric scooter tour of downtown… Read more »

Diversity Highlights Day Two Of The US Trail Running Conference

Thursday, October 28 marked day two of the ninth annual US Trail Running Conference in Fayetteville, AR, with a series of exhibitor presentations and panel discussions for trail race directors. Day two’s focus was on diversity. Several well-known presenters made virtual appearances including legendary mountain runner Pablo Vigil, Coach Morgon Latimore, Jordan Marie Daniel and… Read more »

Italy’s Limone Extreme Hosts First Skyrunning VK OPEN Finals

Announcement from the International Skyrunning Federation (ISF). The VK OPEN Championship was introduced earlier this year by the International Skyrunning Federation to highlight this longstanding and highly popular discipline – the Vertical Kilometer® – for those who like it fast and steep. With seven races in five countries concentrated in Europe, it’s been a whirlwind… Read more »

The 2021 US Trail Running Conference Opens In Arkansas

Trail Conference

Yesterday, the ninth annual US Trail Running Conference kicked off for the second year in a row in Fayetteville, Arkansas, with a theme for 2021: “Trail Running as a Restorative Sport.” Attendees included trail running race directors and fans of the sport who enjoyed content in-person or virtually. Taking place at the Fayetteville Town Center,… Read more »

Catching Up with GTWS Grand Final Champion Francesco Puppi

Francesco Puppi

On October 16, Italian Francesco Puppi won the 2021 Golden Trail World Series (GTWS) Grand Final hosted by THE ONE RACE in El Hierro, Canary Islands, Spain. In the lead-up to the Grand Final race, the Golden Trail World Series included six of the world’s most competitive trail races, L’Olla de Nuria (Spain), Mont Blanc… Read more »

15 National Teams to Compete in Mountain Running Nations Cup

Announcement from the World Mountain Running Association (WMRA). The American Trail Running Association is a WMRA media partner. ATRA founder Nancy Hobbs is a member of the WMRA Council. Photos: Damiano Benedetto. [Editor’s Note: The USA Track & Field (USATF) COVID-19 Working Group’s current international travel policy for U.S. teams prohibits American athletes from participating… Read more »

Americans Janelle Lincks & Darren Thomas Win GTNS 2021 Grand Final

Golden Trail

Announcement from the Golden Trail Series supported by American Trail Running Association (ATRA) member Salomon. Photos: Golden Trail Series. Race day was October 24th – 11:30 AM Local Time (1:30 PM CET) – 31 km – 1,350 meters vertical, Faial Island, The Azores, Portugal The longest stage was kept for last, and it was probably… Read more »

Mt. Baldy Run-to-the-Top: One of America’s Classic Mountain Races

Mt Baldy

In my first experience with the ominous, towering mountain that I could see to the northeast  of my college dorm, our coach at Whittier College casually told our cross country team, “We are going to do this race as a training run before the season starts.” Coach Phillips tended to underestimate things…or, perhaps, he secretly… Read more »

Janelle Lincks Wins, Darren Thomas 4th at GTNS Final Stage 2

Golden Trail Series

Announcement from the Golden Trail Series supported by American Trail Running Association (ATRA) member Salomon. Photos: Golden Trail Series. Between the scorching sun and heavy rain, the Golden Trail National Series (GTNS) athletes were up against the elements in the second stage of the Grand Final in the Azores. Saturday, October 23rd – Sao Jorge… Read more »

Americans Janelle Lincks and Darren Thomas Win GTNS Final Stage 1

Announcement from the Golden Trail Series supported by American Trail Running Association (ATRA) member Salomon. Photos: Golden Trail Series. The Americans took charge of the first stage of the Golden Trail National Series (GTNS) grand final in the Azores, Portugal with a double-whammy male and female win. The 27 km race featured 2,400 meters of… Read more »