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Press release from the Vail Recreation District (VRD). Vail Recreation District is an ATRA corporate member and provides limited free trail race entries for ATRA members through our monthly e-newsletter giveaway program. Written by Eric Henderson. Colorado’s longest-tenured trail running series will serve as the unofficial summer kick off for mountain runners with its first... Read more »

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On Saturday, May 11, more than 800 runners descended upon Pennypack Park, Pennsylvania with the majority running the 25K distance in the trifecta of races offered by Uberendurancesports at the Dirty German Endurance Fest. The finish line, complete with a Lederhosen-clad accordion player and a buffet of brats and sauerkraut, welcomed 444 finishers in the... Read more »

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RunLites by Mangata reviewed 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. Photo above by Pamela Delsignore at Moreau State Park. RunLites are an amazingly versatile hand held light and must-have item that should take up residence in every... Read more »

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Training for the Uphill Athlete: A Manual for Mountain Runners and Ski Mountaineers, by Kilian Jornet, Steve House and Scott Johnston. Patagonia, 2019. Reviewed 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. Images courtesy of Patagonia. In the April,... Read more »

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Please welcome the twenty eighth American Trail Running Association (ATRA) Trail Ambassador presented by CamelBak, and the fourth in 2019. Forty-three-year-old Greg Sisengrath is an athlete, coach, volunteer, and trail supporter. Nominator Jason Bahamundi wrote, “Greg coaches athletes, sets up group training runs, provides advice and recently started the Team Dirt and Vert concept to... Read more »

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Press release by American Trail Running Association corporate member LEKI.  LEKI is excited to announce the second annual LEKI Full Ride Scholarship to Timothy Olson’s Run Mindful Retreat taking place in Boulder, CO, June 13-16. The scholarship includes registration fees, air travel, lodging and LEKI Trail Running gear for one deserving trail runner. LEKI has... Read more »

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Ragnar Trail Relays is an American Trail Running Association corporate member. With Earth Day coming up on Monday, Ragnar is offering ATRA race director members a 33% discount on the Pledge of Sustainability. That means the cost is $100 instead of $150. The discount code is ATRA2019. This discount is available the end of month... Read more »

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In this edition of From the ATRA Archives presented by Salomon, Robert McAtee, massage therapist and author of Facilitated Stretching, provides tips to incorporate golf ball massage into a daily stretching regimen. The article first appeared in our Trail Times newsletter issue number 2 in fall 1996. You finish a long, grueling trail run and... Read more »

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Running Outside the Comfort Zone: An Explorer’s Guide to the Edges of Running, by Susan Lacke. VeloPress, 2019. Reviewed by Laura Clark for the Winter 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 children’s librarian. VeloPress is... Read more »

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Written by Stephen R. Santangelo for the Spring 2019 edition of our Trail Times newsletter. Many folks find stretching to be rather boring; especially, when the choice of stretching becomes repetitive. Not only is stretching important to prepare the muscles and joints for the trails, it is imperative to ignite the CNS (Central Nervous System).... Read more »

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Outlandish: Fuel Your Epic written by Morgan Sjogren (above #28). VeloPress, 2019. Reviewed by Laura Clark for the Spring 2019 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 children’s librarian. VeloPress is an American Trail Running Association corporate... Read more »

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Written by Andrew Simmons for the Spring 2019 edition of our Trail Times newsletter. Andrew is the Head Coach for Lifelong Endurance. Photo above by Steve Blair. Coaching youth athletes as the head coach of Peak Performance Running has taught me a lot about how young minds and young athletes are shaped. In many ways,... Read more »

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This year marks the 14th edition of the World Mountain Running Association’s International U18 Mountain Running Cup. This year’s course is an up/down hill circuit. Estimated distance is between 4.5 and 5.5 kilometers. Distance and course details will be included in upcoming weeks. Venue: Susa, Italy, located in the Metropolitan City of Turin, Piedmont region.... Read more »

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Reviewed by trail runner Jen Ferriss (pictured below) for the American Trail Running Association. Do you like to listen to music, podcasts or audiobooks when you run alone? Revvez sunglasses from OptiShokz transmit sounds by hooking the speaker around the outside of your ear, instead of a standard earbud or full ear speaker. By conducting... Read more »

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This article was written by Ashley Brasovan for the spring 2019 edition of our Trail Times newsletter. Ashley is the 2007 Foot Locker Cross Country Champion, a Duke University graduate, and most recently a mountain, ultra & trail (MUT) running convert with two USATF Championship titles to her credit – 2017 Trail Half Marathon and... Read more »

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Running Beyond: Epic Ultra, Trail and Skyrunning Races, text and photos by Ian Corless. White Lion Publishing, 2019. Reviewed by Laura Clark for the Winter 2019 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 children’s librarian. – It is... Read more »

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Please welcome the twenty seventh American Trail Running Association (ATRA) Trail Ambassador presented by CamelBak, and our third in 2019. A native of Upstate New York, 32 year old Laura Howard, is a runner, volunteer, and tireless advocate for the trails. Mort Nace nominated Laura and wrote, “Laura is an all-star in our trail running... Read more »

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We are pleased to welcome Athletes for a Fit Planet as a preferred partner in our Event Standards Program. Athletes for a Fit Planet are experts in environmental sustainability at running races across North America. They offer customized consulting, on-the-ground support for events, help measure and reduce an event’s CO2 and waste footprints and communicate an... Read more »

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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. As I was finishing my loop, I glanced up and noted that Emily Stanton, the Gore Mountain Snowshoe Race Director was just taking off... Read more »

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OrthoLite: the Official Insole of the American Trail Running Association (ATRA). We’re proud to announce that OrthoLite, the leading provider of comfort and performance insole technology found in more than 500 million shoes annually from over 350 top brands, has renewed their partnership, which includes the moniker, “Official Insole of the American Trail Running Association,”... 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. A few days after the FOURmidable Trail Races were held in Auburn, CA, February 16-17, 2019, we conducted a survey of participants in the 50 km, 35... Read more »

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Active at Altitude, organizers of the US Trail Running Conference, is proud to announce the theme for the 2019 edition of the annual event: Diversity and Inclusion: Trail Running for Everyone. Empowering long term success for a growing trail running community. This theme was inspired by discussions held at last year’s conference about creating opportunities... Read more »

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Reviewed by Jennifer Ferriss. Jennifer is a librarian in Saratoga Springs, NY, who enjoys spending her free time outdoors running the trails and hiking in the mountains. An amateur shutterbug, she captures the views and experiences for others to enjoy front the comfort of their homes. In 2018 she became an Adirondack 46er – climbing... Read more »

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For 2019, RaidLight adds footwear to its arsenal of trail running gear and will continue to support our View from the Pack series of articles highlighting every day trail runners telling their stories. We’re proud to announce that RaidLight will continue as our presenting partner of View from the Pack. Since the program began in... Read more »

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In this edition of From the ATRA Archives presented by Salomon, Hal Walter delves into some of the dangers on the trail – lightning, rattlers, and cougars. Hal’s article first appeared in our Trail Times newsletter issue 8, published in spring 1998. Hal has several books to his credit including Wild Burro Tales, Endurance, and Full... Read more »

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Racing Heart: A Runner’s Journey of Love, Loss and Perseverance, by Kate Mihevc Edwards. 2018. Reviewed by Laura Clark for the Winter 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 children’s librarian. We have all experienced downtime... Read more »

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Please welcome the twenty fifth American Trail Running Association (ATRA) Trail Ambassador presented by CamelBak, and the first in 2019. A lifelong Michigan resident Jim Engel, age 64, inspires others through coaching and volunteerism and shares words of wisdom for athletes new to trail running. In 2011, Engel was inducted as the 34th member of... Read more »

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In this edition of From the ATRA Archives presented by Salomon, 12-time USATF Masters Ultrarunning Champion Kevin Setnes shared his tips for running uphill and the associated benefits of hill training. Kevin’s hill training article first appeared in our Trail Times newsletter issue 25 published in fall 2002. Hill Running Hills may be viewed as your... Read more »

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The Happy Runner, by David and Megan Roche, MD. Human Kinetics, 2019. Reviewed 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. David & Megan pictured above at the 2017 Trail World Championships. Every runner has the same finish line:... Read more »

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Race report from Laura Clark at the Hoot Toot & Whistle 5K snowshoe race which took place on January 19, 2019. Laura is an avid mountain, trail and snowshoe runner who lives in Saratoga Springs, NY, where she is a children’s librarian. Are you interested in snowshoe racing? Check out our snowshoe calendar of events... Read more »

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In this series of articles, the American Trail Running Association recognizes and celebrates trail runners like Flo Zurkinden 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 Adam Isovitsch writes, “Flo Zurkinden constantly strives to help others through... Read more »

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The following snowshoe race report from the 2019 Churney Gurney 5k Snowshoe Race in Queensbury, New York and 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. Photos by Brian Teague. It takes approximately 10,000,000 snowflakes to make... Read more »

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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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