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Tollefson (pictured above) earns second USA Track & Field 50 km Trail title; Moreno wins her debut at the distance. Storm clouds overhead, intermittent rain showers, and temperatures below 40 degrees greeted runners arriving at Overlook Park in Auburn, California — dubbed the Endurance Capital of the World –for the 7th annual FOURmidable 50K host... Read more »

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While most trail runners are aware that our sport has been in existence for decades, records pre-dating the internet, digital photography and social media are not easily accessible. Thanks to Southern California trail runner and President of MPA Event Graphics Mike Plant, we get a peek into the way, way back machine to see trail... Read more »

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On Saturday, February 16, Singletrack Running’s FOURmidable 50K will host the USA Track & Field’s 50 km Trail Championships for the second time. First organized in 2013, the FOURmidable 50K hosted the 2017 championship with 2011 World Mountain Running Champion Max King and 2016 U.S. Trail Team member YiOu Wang winning their respective titles. FOURmidable... Read more »

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In partnership with IAAF, the World Mountain Running Association has announced seven exciting races for the 2019 edition of it’s 21st annual World Cup. For the first time since 2003, there will be a US race in the series – the Broken Arrow Skyrace. Broken Arrow is an American Trail Running Association member event taking place... Read more »

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This book review was written by ATRA contributor Laura Clark. Laura is an avid mountain, trail and snowshoe runner who lives in Saratoga Springs, NY, where she is a children’s librarian. Fast into the Night: A Woman, Her Dogs, and Their Journey North on the Iditarod Trail, by Debbie Clarke Moderow. Houghton Mifflin, 2016. For... Read more »

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Press release from ATRA members Salomon and Aravaipa Running. Aravaipa Running founder Jamil Coury was recently named USATF Mountain, Ultra & Trail Council’s Contributor of the Year. OGDEN, Utah (Jan. 16, 2019) – Today, Salomon announces its partnership with Aravaipa Running, the Arizona-based trail and ultra-running event organizer best known for iconic races like the... Read more »

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The 2019 edition of the USATF Half Marathon Trail Championships will take place in Scranton, PA, on Sunday, June 9th. The competition, which will highlight some of the best competition in the country with offering $6,000 in an overall prize purse, age group awards, and a Masters Competition with $400 in prize money. The course... Read more »

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The USA Track & Field New England Association has announced races and dates for it’s 24th Annual Mountain Running Circuit. Founded in 1996 by Dave Dunham, the “mountain circuit” has been a popular proving ground for elite runners training for national and world championship competitions as well as newcomers to mountain running looking for a... Read more »

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San Francisco, CA (January 2, 2019) – The US Skyrunner National Series returns in 2019 with a new expanded race schedule. This year’s series will feature a short course track of races along with the traditional Classic and Ultra track of races. The series will continue to be managed by experienced race director Rob Goyen... Read more »

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USA Track & Field’s (USATF) Mountain Ultra Trail Council announces a brand new race in the acidotic RACING, LLC portfolio will host the 2019 USATF Mountain Running Championships on Sunday, September 29, in Waterville Valley, NH. The event will also be the sole selection race for the US Mountain Running Team (USMRT) scheduled to compete at... Read more »

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With over 80 snowshoe races in our 2018/19 calendar, the American Trail Running Association is a strong supporter snow running & snowshoe racing; sports with strong crossover in the mountain, ultra and trail running community. ATRA President Adam Chase, ATRA Secretary Brandy Erholtz and ATRA Director of Marketing Richard Bolt are all current members of... Read more »

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USA Track & Field’s Mountain Ultra Trail (MUT) Council announces the following 12 races scheduled to host National Championships in 2019. A total of $56,000 in prize money will be awarded and medals will be presented to the top 10 overall USATF athletes and top three in each 5 year masters’ age group starting at 40.... Read more »

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Press release from USA Track & Field’s Mountain Ultra Trail (MUT) Council. ATRA Executive Director Nancy Hobbs is also USATF MUT Council chairperson and ATRA Director of Marketing Richard Bolt is a member of the council and MUT executive committee. Based in Indianapolis, USA Track & Field (USATF) is the National Governing Body for track... Read more »

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After another exciting season of mountain, ultra & trail (MUT) racing it’s time to recognize outstanding runners who are members of our Athletics federation – USA Track & Field. Nominations are now OPEN for athletes who are current members of USA Track & Field and hold US Citizenship. Many athletes have been nominated automatically based... Read more »

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The following press release is from ATRA member Run Alaska Trails. CORDOVA, Alaska — Run Alaska Trails, a trail running guide and travel service based in South Central Alaska, is pleased to announce next year’s trip dates. All-inclusive running packages are scheduled for June 30th, July 14th, July 21st and July 28th of 2019. Run... Read more »

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Press release from American Trail Running Association (ATRA) partner Diversified Communications. ATRA has worked with Diversified Communications to create Trailhead Stage at the 2018 The Running Event. Trailhead Stage will offer an overview of the sport of trail running, a historical perspective and where the sport is going. Topics will include participation rates, brand involvement,... Read more »

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Story by Alex Scolari. Photos: Damiano Benedetto. Press release written on behalf of the World Mountain Running Association. The biceps of Johan Bugge inflates again, his “pose” under the arch of the finish-lines has now become an icon and the Norwegian today has been able to perform strongly again at the Smarna Gora in Ljubljana.... Read more »

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Written by Andrew Simmons for the Fall 2018 edition of our Trail Times newsletter. Andrew is the Head Coach for Lifelong Endurance. Many ultra-distance events – typically 100 milers and longer – allow participants to have a crew on course at various points, as well as pacers who typically join their runner mid-way through a... Read more »

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Written by Conference Director Terry Chiplin. The US Trail Running Conference was held in San Luis Obispo, California, August 29-31, the first time in the six-year history of the event it took place outside Estes Park, CO. More than 150 race directors, industry experts, trail runners, sponsors and exhibitors spent 2.5 days dedicated to celebrating and... Read more »

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Press release from Drug Free Sport (Kansas City, USA) and International Doping Tests & Management (IDTM – Stockholm, Sweden). The American Trail Running Association supports to expansion of anti-doping programs for mountain, ultra and trail running. Drug Free Sport has previously conducted anti-doping tests at ATRA member Western States 100 Mile Endurance Run.  September 25,... Read more »

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Press release & photos from Federació andorrana d’atletisme, Athletics Federation from Andorra. The World Mountain Running Association (WMRA) world championships were held for the first time in Andorra. Canillo has been the host city parish, hosting the 4 races of the world championships (senior, male and female and junior, male and female), where 39 countries... Read more »

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Ugandan runners sweep the senior men’s podium while Joe Gray leads the U.S. men finishing a solid fourth. While the U.S. senior women are first to finish all their runners in the top 30, it’s only good enough for a fifth place team result. This was the first World Mountain Running Championship since 2005 where... Read more »

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Press release written by: ALBERTO STRETTI for the World Mountain Running Association. LUCY MURIGI AND VICTOR KIPLANGAT TO DEFEND THEIR 2017 TITLES 40 nations are on their way to Sunday’s competition in Canillo, Andorra for the 34th World Mountain Running champs by WMRA/IAAF. It’s one of Europes smaller countries but it boasts very big mountains... Read more »

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For the first time ever, three of the sixteen U.S. team members racing at the World Mountain Running Championships are former world champions. Kasie Enman became the first U.S. female World Mountain Running Champion at the 2011 up/down-format event in Tirana, Albania. In 2016, Joe Gray won the uphill event in Sapareva Banya, Bulgaria for... Read more »

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The 63rd Pikes Peak Ascent and Marathon saw hail and records fall as 2400 athletes hit the trails of America’s mountain August 18th & 19th. ATRA team members Nancy Hobbs, Peter Maksimow and Tayte Pollmann were on-site for the entire race weekend from Friday’s Expo thru Sunday’s Marathon. The following photo essay is a behind... Read more »

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Memorial Partigiani Stellina press release written by: Alex Scolari. Photos by: Damiano Benedetto / Alexis Courthoud. A huge plateau of international elite mountain runners leaded more than 200 athletes this morning on the tracks of Memorial Partigiani Stellina Susa, which celebrated its 30th birthday. To celebrate the thirtieth anniversary, the Stellina returned to the original... Read more »

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Editors Note: Dave Dunham was one of the first American mountain runners to race Challenge Stellina finishing 2nd in 1993 and 3rd in 1994. Other American who have raced Challenge Stellina include: Mike Casner (1996), Richard Bolt (1999), Richard Schelley (1999), Paul Low (2003), Mark Werner (2003), Kelli Lusk (2004), Eric Morse (2004), Simon Gutierrez... Read more »

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The American Trail Running Association’s Nancy Hobbs, Tayte Pollmann and Peter Maksimow attended all the Pikes Peak race weekend festivities and contributed to the following story.  The 63rd Pikes Peak Marathon, the fourth Golden Trail Series race supported by ATRA member Salomon, and Pikes Peak Ascent took place in the small mountain town of Manitou... Read more »

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Kasie Enman (Huntington, VT) and David Sinclair (Peru, VT) kept their powder dry* early in the race and lit up the trails over Ragged Mountain to bring twin victories home to Vermont at the USATF 50 km Trail Championships. Fresh off a win at the Speedgoat 50K, Sinclair moved into the lead at mile 16... Read more »

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Written and translated to English by Alex Scolari for corsainmontagna.it. Three American World Mountain Running Champions in a first class elite field with multiple U.S. national team members. Joe Gray (2016 World Mountain Running Champion), Stevie Kremer (2012 Long Distance Mountain Running Champion) and Max King (2011 World Mountain Running Champion) joined by Americans Jodee... Read more »

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Written by Alex Scolari for corsainmontagna.it, World Mountain Running Association (WMRA) media partner for the 2018 Mountain Running World Cup. Photo Credit: Alexis Courthoud. 2016 World Mountain Running Champion and Colorado Springs resident Joe Gray is also scheduled to race Sierre-Zinal where he finished 2nd at the 2014 event. The mini tour of the mountain running... Read more »

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Tayte Pollmann’s Tuesday Trail Tips series of articles are supported by American Trail Running Association corporate member Nike Trail Running. Running fast and safe on a steep and rocky downhill can be tricky. Your leg muscles can tense up and your mind might tell you “slow down!” when you’re doing your best to be speedy.... Read more »

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Written by Paul Kirsch, Manager, Junior US Mountain Running Team. Paul is also Race Director for the Loon Mountain Race, host of the 2018 USATF Mountain Running Championships in Lincoln, NH. The 2018 Junior US Mountain Running Team will compete in Canillo, Andorra on Sunday, September 16, at the 34th World Mountain Running Championships. This... Read more »

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Press release from corsainmontagna.it for the World Mountain Running Association (WMRA). PIZTRIVertical was the second race of the WMRA Mountain Running World Cup. Andrea Mayr (AUT) was the announced top name in Malonno for second round of the WMRA Mountain Running World Cup in Malonno along the tough hills of PIZTRIVertical and Mayr gave an... Read more »

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Press release written by WMRA General Secretary Tomo Sarf. Kamnik/Slovenia – The 19th edition of the Grintovec Mountain Race was held today in Kamnik/SLO. Nejc KUHAR and Mojca KOLIGAR, both Slovenian Mountain Running Team members, won the race. Hot weather with high humidity in the Kamniska valley at 600m and runners more friendly conditions in... Read more »

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On Sunday August 12 in the Lake Sunapee region of Southern New Hampshire, SIX03 Endurance’s 2nd Annual Ragged 50K will host the first ever ultra-distance trail running national championship held in New England. This strong mountain & trail running region has hosted more than a dozen USA Track & Field (USATF) Mountain Running Championships at iconic... Read more »

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A River Trilogy: A Fly-Fishing Life, written by W.D. Wetherell. Skyhorse Publishing, 2018. Reviewed by trail runner Laura Clark for the Summer 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. Many men go fishing all... Read more »

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Press release from ATRA member Pikes Peak Ascent & Marathon. Salomon Running is also an American Trail Running Association corporate member. MANITOU SPRINGS – Some of the best mountain runners in the world will take on the 63rd Pikes Peak Marathon on Sunday, Aug. 19, and race organizers believe that’s a great reason to host the... Read more »

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Written by Andrew Simmons for the Summer 2018 edition of our Trail Times newsletter. Andrew lives in Lakewood, Colorado where he is the head training coach, of Peak Performance Running. He is a USATF Level 2 Endurance Coach, TrainingPeaks Level 2 Coach, and Lydiard Foundation Level 2 Coach. For most marathoners and ultra-distance runners, five... Read more »

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Written by USATF Championship liaison Lin Gentling. Under almost ideal conditions for a summer race, the USATF 50 Mile Trail Championship held in conjunction with the Cayuga Trails 50 Mile was contested in Robert Treman State Park, NY. The partially overcast morning was cool with a gentle breeze. Just outside of Ithaca, New York in... Read more »

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RaidLight is an ATRA corporate Switchback member and sponsor of our View from the Pack series of articles. Park City, Utah — Since 1999 RaidLight has served the trail running community with the best products to enhance your ability to connect with each other, nature, and to share the trail running experience. Born in the... Read more »

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Welcome to another installment of our “Trail Town” series of articles. These articles feature a trail running town that you should put on your bucket list of places to visit! This month we feature San Luis Obispo in Coastal California with a population of 46,000 full time residents. San Luis Obispo, California San Luis Obispo,... Read more »

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This mountain running story, photos & translation by Corsa in Montagna.  Republished with permission. The 7th times world champion and the Kenyan sensation deserve an important win as the mountain running world cup takes off in Grossglockner. Great organizational frame and a truly deserved IAAF PERMIT label were the essential elements of the Grossglockner Berglauf... Read more »

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The following seventeen American athletes will be competing at the 2018 Skyrunning World Championships which will be held from 13-15 September in Kinlochleven in the Scottish Highlands. Races in three skyrunning disciplines will take place: VERTICAL, SKY and ULTRA with twenty-seven medals at stake. (Above photo by Mike Scott) The races are open to both... Read more »

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Joseph Gray won his 14th USATF National Championship by over a minute and set the fastest ever time on Upper Walking Boss. Allie MacLaughlin won her second USA Track & Field Mountain Running Championships en-route to making her third US Mountain Running Team. The 6.6-mile course climbs 3200 feet and includes grades of up to... Read more »

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This coming Sunday, July 8, the 2018 USATF Mountain Running Championships will take place at Loon Mountain in Lincoln, New Hampshire. First held in 2006, the Loon Mountain Race is a 10 km mostly uphill race starting at the base of the resort, climbing 3200 feet and finishing at the mountain summit. Thirteen past members... Read more »

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Each spring, the American Trail Running Association conducts a survey to measure trail running trends from our national audience. This year we had a record 2300 responses, nearly triple that of the 2017 survey. Complete survey results are made available to corporate members at the Switchback, Steep & Rocky and All-terrain levels. The following selected outtakes... Read more »

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Welcome to another installment of our “Trail Town” series of articles. These articles feature a trail running town that you should put on your bucket list of places to visit! This month we feature Taos Ski Valley in New Mexico with a population of 78 full time residents. TRAIL TOWN Taos Ski Valley is a... Read more »

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On a range of mountains along the Polish / Czech Republic border, Śnieżka peak rises 5259 feet above sea level and would be twice climbed by America’s top off-road runners at the 15th Long Distance Mountain Running Championships. Race morning saw the mountain shrouded in gray clouds, wind and rain with temperatures in the 30’s... Read more »

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There are several international sport governing organizations which organize World Championship and similar competitions in mountain running, trail running and sky running. The following is a list of those competitions, who organizes them and how American athletes can qualify. There are competitions for athletes ranging in ages from 14 to 79 years old; many require... Read more »

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