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 »

Trail Runner Product Review: Nathan VaporHowe Waistpak

The Nathan VaporHowe Waistpak was reviewed by Colorado Springs’ trail runner Dreama Walton who was a member of ATRA’s 2017 Pikes Peak Trekker team and is currently training for her first Western States 100 Mile Endurance Run. Dreama is a Nathan Ambassador and was given this pack as part of her sponsorship. I really wasn’t… Read more »

Spotlight on Specialty presented by Saucony Features The Runner’s Flat

Welcome to the ninth in our series of articles showcasing specialty run and outdoor retail stores focusing on their commitment to trail running through their in-store programs, brand inclusion, events and more. Spotlight on Specialty is presented by Saucony. Home to The Runner’s Flat specialty run store, Cedar Valley is one of the coolest outdoor… Read more »

Tayte Pollmann’s First Snowshoe Racing Experience

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.  This past weekend February 28 through March 1, I attended the 2020 Dion Snowshoes U.S. National… Read more »

Pioneer Spirit Trail Race to host USATF 50 Mile Trail Championship

Press release written by USATF Championship liaison Meghan Laws. Photo above: Tim Tollefson winning Singletrack Running’s 2019 FOURmidable 50K. On Saturday March 14, the Pioneer Spirit Trail Race will host the 2020 USATF 50 Mile Trail Championships in El Dorado and Placer counties, California.  Starting in the small town of Cool, the course runs through… Read more »

How to Fix Your Trail Running Blisters

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.  Blisters are one of the most common trail running injuries and can sideline runners for days… Read more »

Michelle Hummel & Joseph Gray Victorious at U.S. National Snowshoe Championships

Michelle Hummel (Albuquerque, NM) and Joseph Gray (Colorado Springs, CO), led a strong field that included other elite mountain/trail runners to take wins at the 20th annual Dion Snowshoes U.S. National Snowshoe Championships this past Saturday, February 29. This two decade-old national championship took place two miles above sea level at Colorado Mountain College (CMC) in… Read more »

Snowshoe Racing to Reach New Heights at CMC Leadville

Press release from Colorado Mountain College – host of the 2020 Dion Snowshoes U.S. National Snowshoe Championships. American Trail Running Association team members Nancy Hobbs, Richard Bolt, Tayte Pollmann and Allie MacLaughlin are attending the races. LEADVILLE – A steady stream of registrations is flowing in as Leadville prepares to welcome racers and recreationists to… Read more »

National Snowshoe Championships Kick-off Today in Leadville, Colorado

The 20th annual Dion Snowshoes U.S. National Snowshoe Championships weekend starts today at 10,151 feet above sea level in “Trail Town” Leadville, Colorado. This will be the second time this national championship has come to Colorado, Frisco hosted in 2012, and the first time it’s been contested at elevations above 10,000 feet. Long a popular… Read more »

Italian Mountain Race Course Under Threat from Forest Fires

Editors Note: In 2017 forest fires burned large areas in the mountains above Susa, Italy and threatened the historic Challenge Stellina race course. In recent years several major U.S. trail races have been threatened or cancelled due to forest fires. Are you concerned about how climate change is affecting our sport? Consider supporting the work… Read more »

CamelBak® Bolsters 2020 Running Team Roster with Three New Additions

Press release from CamelBak. Dave Mackey (pictured above right) is a member of the American Trail Running Association advisory board. CamelBak was the presenting sponsor of our Trail Ambassador program. PETALUMA, California – CamelBak®, the global leader in award-winning personal hydration products, today announces the expansion of its running team athlete roster for 2020. Focused… Read more »

A Trail Runner’s Guide to France

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. Photos by Tayte Pollmann. Above photo from Calabass’ Trail – a small, local race. From early… Read more »

A Tale of Two New York State Snowshoe Races

The following snowshoe race report was written by Laura Clark. Laura is an avid mountain, trail and snowshoe runner who lives in Saratoga Springs, NY, where she is a children’s librarian. Once more, the Saratoga Winterfest Snowshoe Race in New York’s Saratoga Spa State Park seemingly justified Punxsutawney Phil’s prediction of an early spring, leaving… Read more »