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Twelve American trail running athletes to compete at the Trail World Championships in Miranda do Corvo, Portugal. The USATF Mountain Ultra Trail Council is proud to announce members of the U.S. Trail Team scheduled to compete at the 2019 Trail World Championships (TWC) on June 8, in Miranda do Corvo, Portugal. The US team of... 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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……and what the American Trail Running Association doing to help support the sport. As a member of the International Skyrunning Federation (ISF), the American Trail Running Association (ATRA) has had a connection to Skyrunning since its early years with the late 1990s U.S. Fila Skyrunner Series. The American Trail Running Association (ATRA) is a 501(c)3... 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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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. Imbalances in strength and flexibility between one side of the body and the other are common, but are not often identified and corrected before they lead to more serious injuries. Trail... 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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LEKI is an ATRA corporate member and supporter of our Trail Ambassador program. To learn more about LEKI and using poles for trail running, read out Trail News article “Using poles for a more a efficient trail running experience.” BUFFALO, NY – LEKI, a leader in skiing, trekking and trail running poles, announces they have signed... 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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Press release by the US Trail Running Conference. The US Trail Running Conference has co-produced by the American Trail Running Association since its inception in 2013. Women can save 25% on conference registration until March 31! Estes Park, CO – Active at Altitude, organizers of the 2019 US Trail Running Conference has announced a discount... Read more »

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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. Tayte is a graduate of the University of Portland (Oregon) where he dreamed of trail running any time he saw a track. The steeplechase and trail running have more in common... Read more »

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Press release from Pocket Outdoor Media, parent company of ATRA Double-track corporate member VeloPress. Lauded running journalist Jonathan Beverly to lead America’s #1 performance running media brand. Boulder, Colorado — Jonathan Beverly is the real deal! After serving successfully as the Guest Editor of Competitor Running’s February editorial, Beverly has been hired as the brand’s... Read more »

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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. In support of our 2019 theme, “Trail Running Responsibility,” I’m sharing my top tips for training and racing etiquette on trails. Learning — and putting into practice — proper etiquette on... Read more »

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Written by US Skyrunning Team Leader Ryan Kerrigan. After an exciting trip and spectacular results at last years competition the US Team begins to rally for The 2019 Youth Skyrunning World Championships (YWC) held August 2-4, 2019 in Fonte Cerreto, L’Aquila, Italy. 54 medals are up for grabs distributed in three age group categories plus... 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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With increasing cultural acceptance and awareness of transgender persons, there have been more conversations within the trail running community about how to categorize these athletes in competitive athletic events. Over the past several years, international governing bodies and national federations have introduced policies regarding transgender athletes to attempt to clarify rules and regulations within events... Read more »

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[Editor’s Note:] This article is the second in a five-part series about how the mountain, ultra and trail (MUT) running community has been affected by athlete doping and drug testing. This timely topic was researched by professional trail runner Tayte Pollmann and includes his personal experience as well as input from other top athletes and... Read more »

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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. Rest days should be a part of every runner’s training schedule. Rest days are days off of running where you recover from your weekly running mileage and allow your body to... Read more »

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Race report from Laura Clark at the Stone Bridge Caveman Snowshoe Races which took place on February 16, 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 2019 snowshoe calendar of events with over... Read more »

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All USA Track & Field (USATF) members are invited to take part in the first US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) Webinar of 2019 on Tuesday, March 5th. Be sure to join this webinar to learn about testing protocols, therapeutic use exemptions, and best practices as it relates to anti-doping. Don’t miss, Anti-Doping 101! What: USADA Webinar... 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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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 Auburn in foothills of California’s Sierra Nevada mountains with a population of 14,000 full time residents. (Above photo by Carlos Marin).... Read more »

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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. When running ultra marathon distances, running packs or hydration vests are almost essential. Packs and vests allow runners to plan out nutrition strategies and stay safe in unpredictable mountain environments. They... Read more »

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[Editor’s Note:] This article is the first in a five-part series about how the mountain, ultra and trail (MUT) running community has been affected by athlete doping and drug testing. This timely topic was researched by professional trail runner Tayte Pollmann (pictured above at the 2018 World Long Distance Mountain Running Championships in Poland) and... 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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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. Improve Mobility and Strength in Your Feet and Ankles to Avoid Injury and Run Efficiently Learning how to further mobilize and strengthen your feet and ankles will help you avoid injury... Read more »

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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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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. Cities may not seem like the best places for trail runners to hone their skills, but urban environs can provide some surprisingly effective urban trail running training adventures. This past week,... Read more »

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The American Trail Running Association (ATRA) team was out and about at the recent Winter Outdoor Retailer (OR) show in Denver, Colorado–aka the “Snow Show”–and although this was an event highlighting skis and snowboards, we did managed to find some great products for trail runners. Here are a six highlights from the show. Fourpoints Bar... 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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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. I returned home to Salt Lake City earlier this week after 6 months of traveling overseas. In my travels, I explored India, Nepal, London, and the South of France. I learned... 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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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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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. I had to “walk” using crutches for 2 weeks following achilles reconstruction surgery. Weaning myself from these walking assistants over the past month has been an education for my mind and... 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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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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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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Tayte Pollmann’s articles are supported by American Trail Running Association corporate member Nike Trail Running. You can follow Tayte’s trail running antics on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. I ride my bike, which is attached to a stationary wind-resistant trainer, grounded atop a plateau offering panoramic views of snow-capped Pyrénées peaks. I breathe crisp, thin mountain air.... 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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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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Tayte Pollmann’s articles are supported by American Trail Running Association corporate member Nike Trail Running. You can follow Tayte’s trail running antics on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. There’s more to base training than the popular belief that it’s all about running “easy mileage.” Base Training is a period of training that prioritizes increasing general aerobic fitness... 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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