Chris Cage Shares His Backstory and Top Thru-Hiking Tips

Chris Cage shows us the life-changing and empowering effects of taking time out of our busy lives to explore the natural world. In 2012, Cage quit his accounting job and embarked on a two-year adventure that involved traveling 10,000 miles across Asia, teaching English in Thailand, volunteering at an orphanage in Cambodia, riding 2,000 miles… Read more »

Lauren Gregory and Joseph Gray Win Inaugural USATF Vertical Mountain Running Championship

Gregory wins her first National Championship; Gray wins his 21st National Championship Nestled in New Hampshire’s White Mountains, Loon Mountain’s base lodge bustled with activity in Sunday’s early morning hours as hundreds of runners gathered for the first-ever USATF Vertical Mountain Running Championships and selection race for two international events – Italy’s Challenge Stellina and… Read more »

Spring 2022 Trail Runner Survey Results

Each spring, the American Trail Running Association conducts a survey to measure trail running trends from our national audience. This year we had over 1300 respondents. Complete survey results are made available to corporate members at the Switchback, Steep & Rocky and All-terrain levels. The following selected outtakes are from our most recent trail running… Read more »

USTRC Webinar Shares Innovations in Digital Marketing for Trail Races


Announcement from American Trail Running Association partner US Trail Running Conference. Expert panelists present practical and user friendly suggestions for marketing trail races Marketing & Communication Innovations – Digital Opportunities was the subject for the sixth webinar in a seven-webinar series produced by the US Trail Running Conference and presented by Marathon Printing, and was… Read more »

USATF National Championship Returns to the Loon Mountain Race

Founded in 2006 as a qualifier for the U.S. Mountain Running Team, the Loon Mountain Race will once again play host to the top American uphill runners at the inaugural USATF Vertical Mountain Running Championships this Sunday, July 10, in Lincoln, New Hampshire. This new national championship format was created in response to the addition… Read more »

Mountain Running World Cup Race Preview – Austria’s Grossglockner Berglauf


Grossglockner Berglauf preview written by Paul Halford for the World Mountain Running Association (WMRA). Photos: Marco Gulberti. Kenyans Joyce Njeru and Lengen Lolkurraru are back to defend their titles as the Valsir Mountain Running World Cup reaches round four for the season with the Grossglockner Berglauf in Austria on Sunday. A World Mountain Running Association… Read more »

Race Recap: Portugal’s 45K One Hundred Douro Paiva

Written by María Ávila for the World Mountain Running Association (WMRA). Photos: Matias Novo. Cinfaēs was the scene for One Hundred Douro Paiva, the longest silver label race of the 2022 WMRA Mountain Running World Cup. Stunning landscapes yet brutal trails around Serra de Montemuro marked the 45-kilometer competition. The starting strip fell at precisely… Read more »

ATRA Member Leslie Jordan Delivers for 58th Calgary Marathon

Announcement from American Trail Running Association member Leslie Jordan Inc. Partnering Together – Calgary Marathon Executive Director Kirsten Fleming and Medal Manufacturer Leslie Jordan Tell the Story of the 2022 Calgary Medals’ Race to the Finish Line. ‘Medal Monday’ was a little sweeter for the 2022 Servus Calgary Marathon participants, which was held on Sunday,… Read more »

AdventureCORPS Presents the Badwater 135 Ultramarathon on July 11-13


Announcement from American Trail Running Association member AdventureCORPS. AdventureCORPS will present its legendary BADWATER® 135 Ultramarathon, the 135-Mile World Championship July 11-13, 2022. Now in its 45th year, this world-renowned event pits up to 100 of the world’s toughest athletes against one another and the elements in a crucible like no other. From below sea… Read more »

Trail Runner’s Book Review: Running and Returning

Honey Stinger Emerald Mountain Epic Trail Runner

Running and Returning: Seeking Balance in an Imperfect World, by Vicki Ash Hunter, PhD. CG Sports Publishing, 2022. 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. It is often observed that runners tend to be addictive,… Read more »

Mountain Running National Championship Double-header Coming to Northeast U.S.

Mountain Running Championship

Two races, 12 miles, 6800’ of vertical, twelve automatic US Mountain Running Team spots on offer This weekend will kick off the first-ever back-to-back weekend double-header of USATF Championships in Mountain Running. On Saturday, July 2, the popular Whiteface Mountain Race will host the USATF Mountain Running Championships in the Adirondack Mountains of Upstate New… Read more »

American Dani Moreno Takes Third At Marathon du Mont-Blanc

Announcement from the Golden Trail World Series presented by longtime American Trail Running Association member Salomon. Photos: @jsaragossa. A new race route and new winners! After 42 kilometers of grinding effort, Jonathan Albon (Team The North Face, Great Britain) and Sara Alonso (Team Salomon, Spain) win the Marathon du Mont-Blanc, with its new 2022 version… Read more »

Western States Recap: Peterman’s Historic Rookie Victory & Croft’s Win Over A Tightly Contested Women’s Field

The 49th running of the Western States 100 Mile Endurance Run (WSER) took place this past weekend, and was an exciting competition among many of the world’s top trail runners. 380 participants toed the line to follow the historic 100-mile point-to-point course from Palisades Tahoe ski village in Olympic Valley, California to the finish on… Read more »

Alyssa Sauro Wins the 2022 International U18 Mountain Running Cup

Written by U.S. Team manager Andrew Simmons. Andrew is also head coach at Lifelong Endurance and head coach at Peak Performance Running. Photos by Nancy Hobbs, Andrew Simmons and Marco Gulberti. The 15th annual International U18 Mountain Running Cup started out with a bang on Sunday, June 26, in Saluzzo, Italy. The U.S. girls’ team… Read more »