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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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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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Tayte Pollmann’s articles are supported by American Trail Running Association corporate member Nike Trail Running. You can follow Tayte’s trail running journey on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. I spin wheels on a bicycle that doesn’t go anywhere. Everyday I ride my bike, which is attached to a stationary wind-resistant-trainer resting outside the house. I watch my... 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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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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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. Welcome to 2019! The New Year is a perfect opportunity to set new racing goals. Although it’s tempting to sign up for races we already know and enjoy, it’s also beneficial... 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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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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As trail runners, we often look for ways to improve our training, racing performance or general enjoyment on the trails. Whether you are a beginner training for your first trail race, trying to get your daily nutrition dialed in for long runs, or even an elite athlete attempting to qualify for a U.S. National Team,... 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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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. As the holidays approach, so do the familiar smells and flavors reminiscent of the season. Those of turkeys (or Tofurkies), mashed potatoes, stuffing, eggnog, gingerbread cookies, and pumpkin pie. Surrounded by... 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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Let’s face it, during the holidays we sometimes get stuff that we don’t exactly want, or necessarily need. Rather than getting your favorite trail runner “stuff” that will probably just get placed in the closet full of other new stuff, why not just get the gift of holiday cheer, in the form of beer! Beer... 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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Tayte Pollmann’s Tuesday Trail Tips series of articles are supported by American Trail Running Association corporate member Nike Trail Running. You can follow Tayte’s adventures on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. This past Saturday, I awoke from a two hour anesthesia nap in the London Independent Hospital and saw my left leg hidden from knee to... 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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Our Outreach & Partnership Specialist, Peter Maksimow, will be celebrating his birthday on December 7th. Instead of receiving presents for his birthday, he would like to make a call out to all his trail running friends nation-wide, and around to world, to take a brief moment to “plog”; which is picking up trash while running... Read more »

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The holiday season is upon us, and it’s a great time to think about gift ideas for friends and family. You’re friends at the American Trail Running Association (ATRA) would like to share some of our top picks of running and non-running related holiday gifts. We hope you enjoy! Ashley Brasovan – Hoka One One... 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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Tayte Pollmann’s articles are supported by American Trail Running Association corporate member Nike Trail Running. You can follow Tayte’s trail (and city!) adventures on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. This past weekend, I traveled from France to London, United Kingdom for a medical visit with a sports doctor at the London Independent Hospital. Following my medical appointment... 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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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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This past weekend, November 17, the top 31 women’s and men’s college cross country teams competed at the NCAA Cross Country Championships in Madison, Wisconsin (photo above by Michael Scott). Cross country races are typically from 5 to 10K on grass and dirt (sometimes mud and creek crossings) at golf courses or parks. Even though... 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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Tayte Pollmann’s articles are supported by American Trail Running Association corporate member Nike Trail Running. You can follow Tayte’s trail adventures on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For my last week in the Himalayas, I trekked alone from Pattale, a small village in the Solukhumbu region of Nepal at an elevation of 2875 meters (9432′), to nearby... 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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Tayte Pollmann’s articles are supported by American Trail Running Association corporate member Nike Trail Running. You can follow Tayte’s trail adventures on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. On October 27, 2018 I witnessed the 13th edition of the Annapurna 100 trail race, organized by Trail Running Nepal offering 50K and 100K distances with over 3,000 and 6,000... 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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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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Tayte Pollmann’s articles are supported by American Trail Running Association corporate member Nike Trail Running. You can follow Tayte’s trail adventures on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Most travelers to Nepal have visions of incredible treks they’d like to accomplish. The Annapurna Circuit, Everest Base Camp, Gokyo Lakes, are just a few examples of common routes that... Read more »

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Welcome to the latest edition of our Trail Town series; this time more appropriately dubbed a “Trail City.”  Boise, ID has a population of 226,570 people and nearly 750,000 in the greater metro area known as the Treasure Valley. This edition of our Trail Town series is written by Bob Pollmann, father of ATRA Project Associate and... 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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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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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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Tayte Pollmann’s Tuesday Trail Tips series of articles are supported by American Trail Running Association corporate member Nike Trail Running. You can follow Tayte’s adventures on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. The Malnad Ultra is a member of the American Trail Running Association. Colorado Rockies, California coast lines, Appalachian Mountains, lush Oregon forests, or Arizona deserts... 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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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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Tayte Pollmann’s Tuesday Trail Tips series of articles are supported by American Trail Running Association corporate member Nike Trail Running. You can follow Tayte from the wine country of Southern France on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.  This week I journey from the French wine country (see last week’s Tuesday Trail Running Tip), into remote areas... 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. You can follow Tayte from the wine country of Southern France on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.  I arrived in France on September 2, with a one-way plane ticket, ready for my fifth adventure in France.... Read more »

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