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In this edition of From the ATRA Archives presented by Salomon, Ben Nephew, then 25 years old, shares his experience from the 2001 edition of the 7 Sisters Trail Race in Amherst, MA. Ben’s article was first published in our Trail Times newsletter issue 25 (2001). Race results from the 2001 7 Sisters Trail Race can be found... Read more »

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This article by Peter Downing appeared in the winter 2018 issue of our Trail Times newsletter. Downing was honored as the December 2018 ATRA Trail Ambassador presented by CamelBak. Air – can’t live without it; and you sure can’t run without it. And if you live in or near a big city, you also know... Read more »

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At the American Trail Running Association (ATRA) we’re going back to the past to dust-off and republish more than two decades of trail running articles in a new series presented by Salomon entitled From the ATRA Archives. (Photo above: US women’s team at the 1996 World Mountain Running Trophy race in Telfus, Austria. Danelle Ballengee,... Read more »

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The novel Late Air was written by Jaclyn Gilbert, Little a, 2018. Reviewed by trail runner Laura Clark and first appeared in winter 2018 issue 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. As runners, we are... Read more »

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Here at the American Trail Running Association (ATRA), we’re proud to announce “Trail Running Responsibility” as our theme for 2019. This important topic follows our recent annual themes including last year’s Trail Stewardship: Leaving a Lasting Legacy, and the 2017 theme, Community: Building Trail Running Connections. Starting in January, we’ll be publishing a series of... Read more »

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This article was written by Ashley Brasovan, 2007 Foot Locker Cross Country Champion, Duke University graduate, and most recently a “MUT” convert with two USATF Championship titles to her credit – 2017 Trail Half Marathon and 2018 30K Trail Championship – and a USATF team appearance at the 2018 World Long Distance Mountain Running Championships.... Read more »

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This article first appeared in our Trail Times newsletter Issue #12 from 1999. We’re tapping into our archives to bring back trail running articles from past issues of Trail Times. As we head into 2019, enjoy this first installment of “From the ATRA Archives” by Ian Torrence, which he originally submitted for Fishin’ Tales, a... Read more »

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The Pursuit of Endurance: Harnessing the Record-Breaking Power of Strength and Resilience, by Jennifer Pharr Davis. Viking, 2018. Book review written by trail runner Laura Clark for the Fall 2018 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... Read more »

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Please welcome the twenty fourth American Trail Running Association (ATRA) Trail Ambassador presented by CamelBak, and the twelfth and final in 2018. Runner, race director, volunteer, and trail advocate all describe Peter Downing who, at age 64, has been in the outdoor industry for nearly four decades. Nominator Ellen Miller wrote, “I have known Peter... Read more »

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Several times a year the American Trail Running Association (ATRA) conducts surveys to measure trends within our sport, collect demographic profiles of its participants and analyze their preferences. Following the Moab Trail Marathon held in Moab, Utah this past November, we conducted a survey of race participants in the marathon, half marathon, and 5k. A summary of... Read more »

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Sky Runner: Finding Strength, Happiness, and Balance in Your Running, written by Emelie Forsberg, Photography by Kilian Jornet. Blue Star Press, 2018. Reviewed by trail runner Laura Clark for the Fall 2018 edition of our Trail Times newsletter. Laura is an avid mountain, trail and snowshoe runner who lives in Saratoga Springs, NY, where she... Read more »

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In this series of articles, the American Trail Running Association recognizes and celebrates trail runners like Vincent Aceto 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. Vincent Aceto is a past member of Maine Track Club and this... Read more »

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Written by Stephen R. Santangelo and originally published in the Fall 2018 edition of the Trail Times newsletter. Autumn color is a reminder we need to load up on a variety of antioxidants! With the cooling temperatures and shorter days, our body’s metabolism changes and its nutritional requirements change. Our system moves from cooling foods in summer,... Read more »

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This article was written by Ashley Brasovan, 2007 Foot Locker Cross Country Champion, Duke University graduate, and most recently a “MUT” convert with two USATF Championship titles to her credit – 2017 Trail Half Marathon and 2018 30K Trail Championship – and a USATF team appearance at the 2018 World Long Distance Mountain Running Championships.... Read more »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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We’re proud to welcome Joe Viger Photography as the newest partner in our trail running Event Standards Program. We introduced the Event Standards Program in 2012, and for the past two years, it has included vendors and suppliers as partners to further assist trail race directors in meeting the program’s 15 criteria necessary for staging... Read more »

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Please welcome the twentieth American Trail Running Association (ATRA) Trail Ambassador presented by CamelBak, and the eighth in 2018. Frank Dumont is a trail runner, volunteer, and an Internal Medicine physician with interests in wellness and athletics, and high altitude. Wrote nominator Terry Chiplin, “Dr. Frank Dumont has become a passionate ambassador for trail running... Read more »

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In this series of articles, the American Trail Running Association recognizes and celebrates trail race volunteers and trail runners like Collin Yarborough 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. Nominator Emily Zbehlik writes, “As an athlete, student,... Read more »

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Cloudy skies gave way to sunshine by the 7:00 a.m. start for today’s USATF 30km Trail Championships held in conjunction with the Pikes Peak Ultra in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Coupled with temperatures in the mid-50s, there were bound to be some fast times on the course in spite of some wear and tear on the... Read more »

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Families on Foot, by Jennifer Pharr Davis and Brew Davis. Falcon, 2017. 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. Her honors include the Parks and Trails New York Trail Heroes “Get Outdoors Award” for organizing races,... Read more »

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In this series of articles, the American Trail Running Association recognizes and celebrates trail race volunteers and trail runners like Paulette Odenthal 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. Nominator Bob Rorke writes, “When I think of... Read more »

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When Running Made History, by Roger Robinson. Syracuse University Press, 2018. 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. One of her favorite races is the Greylock Uphill Road Race, an 8 mile hill climb to... Read more »

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The American Trail Running Association (ATRA) has signed an agreement with The Running Event and its new owners Diversified Communications to provide content for the inaugural TRAILHEAD Stage at The Running Event (TRE) 2018 scheduled for November 27 to 30, in Austin, TX. The TRAILHEAD Stage will be an interactive, educational area on the trade... Read more »

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Please welcome our nineteenth American Trail Running Association (ATRA) Trail Ambassador presented by CamelBak, and the seventh in 2018. Mark Garrigan is a trail runner, volunteer, and business owner who ran his first ultramarathon in 2012. That race planted a seed in this 40-year-old from Green Bay, WI, to pursue a dream to build a... Read more »

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Zelezniki, Slovenia, played host to the 18th WMRA/WMA World Masters Mountain Running Championships on June 2. This year marked the 18th installment of a world championship mountain running event for to masters athletes ages 35-79. What makes this competition unique is that the athletes race with, and score in their five-year age division. Because the... Read more »

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At today’s 13th WMRA Mountain Running International Youth Cup (U18), in Lanzada, Italy, Joslin Blair, 17, Eagle, Colorado, bested a field of 46 girls to win gold, the first-ever medal for Team USA at this championship event. Temperatures were in the 60s under sunny skies when the races got underway at 11:00 a.m. with the... Read more »

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In this new series, the American Trail Running Association recognizes and celebrates trail race volunteers and trail runners 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. Nominator Andy Shawver writes, “Vanessa Shawver has become a distinct part of... Read more »

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Running Anatomy, 2nd edition, by Joe Puleo and Patrick Milroy, Human Kinetics, 2019.  Book review by trail runner Laura Clark. Whether you are a recreational or a competitive runner, there comes a time when either youth or beginner’s magic fails to guarantee improvement. There is a saying that every new runner has a ten year... Read more »

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Please welcome the eighteenth American Trail Running Association (ATRA) Trail Ambassador presented by CamelBak, and sixth in 2018. Forty-two year old Emily Wheeler, a former wellness director for the YMCA, builds community through running, volunteering, organizing events, and club management. Nominator Nicole Craig wrote, “Emily helps out many of the local running clubs and trail... Read more »

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Written by USA Track & Field’s Mountain Ultra Trail (MUT) Running Executive Committee members Richard Bolt, Nancy Hobbs, Jason Bryant, Max King and Melody Fairchild.  Approved by the MUT Executive Committee for publication on May 25, 2018.  The World Long Distance Mountain Running Championships is regulated by the World Mountain Running Association (WMRA) under the... Read more »

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#TayteOnTrails is written by our new Project Associate and NIKE TRAIL RUNNING pro Tayte Pollman.  This new series of articles follows Tayte around the globe as he trains, races and learns about the places he visits.  Tayte is a recent graduate of the University of Portland,  bronze medalist from the 2017 World Long Distance Mountain... Read more »

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We are pleased to announce Leslie Jordan, a custom performance apparel manufacturer, as the newest partner in our Event Standards Program. The American Trail Running Association’s (ATRA) Event Standards Program was introduced in 2012, and for the past two years, the program has included vendors and suppliers as partners to further assist trail race directors... Read more »

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Trails need our help! American Trail Running Association vice president Ellen Miller, shares a new initiative in her home state designed to respond to that need. This is a program that could certainly be modeled in other regions across the country. In Eagle County/White River National Forest, the public that uses the trails created a... Read more »

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Run Forever, by Amby Burfoot. Hachette Book Group, 2018. Reviewed by trail runner Laura Clark. While sustainability is the new buzzword, spawning a return to cloth napkins and wooden toys, a true lifestyle approach should embrace more than just the outer trappings and delve more deeply into personal motivation. As runners, we choose an outdoor-centered... Read more »

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In this new series, the American Trail Running Association recognizes and celebrates trail race volunteers and trail runners 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. Nominator Carol Tatom writes, “Dale Cougot is a very active member of... Read more »

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The Nature Lover’s Quotation Book: An Inspired Collection for Hiking, Camping and the Great Outdoors, compiled by Hatherleigh Press, 2018. Reviewed by trail runner Laura Clark. The beauty of a compilation of quotations about nature is that you can absorb the essence of great writers and naturalists without having to plough through pages of dense... Read more »

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Tayte Pollmann will join the American Trail Running Association (ATRA) team as a Project Associate shortly after he graduates from the University of Portland on May 6. This effervescent 21-year-old will put his degree in English to use as his main role with ATRA will be to write and share articles and short videos from... Read more »

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Please welcome the seventeenth American Trail Running Association (ATRA) Trail Ambassador presented by CamelBak, and fifth in 2018. At age 40, Floridian Carrie Meng has amassed an impressive resume in our sport. Her passion for trails and can-do spirit is evident in all that she does, be it race directing, trail building, volunteering, or organizing... Read more »

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Trail runner Laura Clark reviews North: Finding My Way By Running the Appalachian Trail, by Scott Jurek with Jenny Jurek. Published by Little, Brown and Company, 2018. Folks who set out to hike the 2,189 mile Appalachian Trail are most likely on a quest to discover their inner selves. If they have no compelling reason... Read more »

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This year marks the 13th edition of the World Mountain Running Association’s (WMRA) Mountain Running International Youth Cup (U18), and the second consecutive year that Team USA will have a full squad at the event.  The mountain village of Lanzada in the Sondrio region of Italy near the Swiss border, is the host venue for the... Read more »

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Please welcome the sixteenth American Trail Running Association (ATRA) Trail Ambassador presented by CamelBak, and fourth in 2018. Meet 46-year-old Connecticut resident Michael Lo Presti, whose love of trail running led him to found CT Trailmixers. He’s a married father of two daughters, a volunteer running guide with Achilles International, and hopes to run an... Read more »

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Written by Josh Douglas-Walton, a writer for ATRA corporate member HFE (Health and Fitness Education). Whether you’re completely new to trail running or have years of experience under your belt, chances are that you’ll have contended with sore muscles, aches, pains and even potential injuries on more than a few occasions. There’s nothing worse than a... Read more »

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Countries from the North American, Central American and Caribbean region, will compete at the 2018 NACAC Mountain Running Championships hosted by the Loon Mountain Race, in Lincoln, NH, on Sunday, July 8.  Both individual and team competition will be staged, with nations competing head-to-head with one another.  Teams are comprised of up to four men... Read more »

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