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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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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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Day 3 Everest Trail Race #ETR2018 After yesterday relentless uphill struggle today, day-3 of the Everest Trail Race was all downhill, well, sort of. Starting in Jase Bhanjyang runners passed through Jumbesi, Phurteng, Salung, Taksindu and then from Jubhing the …

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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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Episode 163 of Talk Ultra brings you a chat with Luke Sanchez who just. finished Javelina Hundred 100 mile race – aged 15 years! We also speak with rising skyrunning star, Petter Engdahl.  Finally, we chat with Lily Dyu about …

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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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Ultratrack Supramonte, (UTSS) an outdoor event in the breathtaking landscape of the Supramonte of Baunei, considered one of the very few wilderness in Europe and the entire Mediterranean basin. We will let you run on the paths of the shepherds, …

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Episode 161 of Talk Ultra brings you a chat with Damian Hall who finally fulfilled his dream of placing top 10 at the UTMB. We also have a catch up with David Laney who is taking a year to get back to fitness …

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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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Days after the conclusion of the Tor Des Geánts 2018 race, Don sits down with AJW, ECEP, and Scott to talk about this amazing experience. Description of the Tor Course description Community Communication between runners despite the language barrier Trail culture – a tribe without borders Mountain Running vs. trail running DNF – what does […]

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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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Don and Scott talk about training for Tour Des Geants.  How Bob Crowley and he have created fun and inspiring training programs & outings that have helped get them in shape for this epic event. Marking courses at Bigfoot – heavy pack and long miles with elevation 24-hours at K2 Colorado 14er altitude test Training […]

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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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Rounding a sharp bend 2,000 feet above Chamonix, France (3,396 feet), this morning’s rush-hour traffic slams to a stop. “Dieu!” “Whoa, watch out dude!” “Merda!” Commuters from a variety of … Continue reading "Eden—Is Chamonix the Trail-Running Capital of the World?"

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This past Sunday, the first ever Gnar Gnar trail race was held in Government Camp, Oregon, on the slopes of Oregon’s most iconic and highest peak, Mount Hood. The short, 6 mile, race was put on by Go Beyond Racing and sponsored by Nike Trail. The race attracted 100 participants, a number likely grow when... 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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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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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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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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“For these three days,” I told the group gathered for our inaugural San Juan Mountain Running Camp, “I want you to encounter and experience challenges on the trail that you don’t expect, and that perhaps intimidate you, because you’ll discover that you can get through and handle more than you think you can. And you’ll […]

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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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Karst stones, olive groves and the glittering Adriatic Sea as the backdrop, Croatia makes it easy to find epic and inspiring trails to run. The challenge is choosing one. The trails in this Mediterranean destination … Continue reading "Destination: Croatia"

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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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Story by Eric Carter: Ultimate Direction Ambassador, Ski Mountaineer, Alpinist and Mountain Runner I’ll never be a cutting edge climber or alpinist. I just don’t climb that hard. I’ll also never be a world class pure endurance athlete. All that leaves me is to search out a niche that requires the use of my endurance on […]

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2018’s Western States 100-Mile Endurance Run will be one for the history books—and not just because Jim Walmsely finally broke the men’s course record. Courtney Dauwalter, 33, (find her interview with Trail Runner before the … Continue reading "Phenomenal Female Finishers at the 2018 Western States"

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Legend has it that Buzz Burrell once hitchhiked 80 miles away from his home in Boulder, Colorado, and ran back on remote trails for two days carrying not much more than a straw and a … Continue reading "Father of the Fastest Known Time"

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This past weekend, as you may know from some of our other Trail News articles this week, I raced at the Long Distance Mountain Running Championships in Poland. For this article, I’d like to tell a story not about the race itself, but instead about the unique cultural aspects of a World Championship event that... 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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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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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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When it comes to training for mountain running, specifically Sky Racing objectives like Nolan’s 14ers (connecting the fourteen 14,000 foot mountains in Colorado’s Sawatch Range in under 60 hours) and fat-ass races (like John Cappis … Continue reading "How to Train Specifically for Mountain Running"

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On July 26, 2016, at around 9 a.m., I rolled up to a roadside convenience store in Georgetown, Colorado, hungry and exhausted. I had left my home in Gold Hill, biked roughly 60 miles of … Continue reading "14er’s Self-Propelled"

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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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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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The Western States 100 began as a horse race between Lake Tahoe and Auburn, California, but as runners slowly began to join the horses in the 70s, it became the first American trail ultramarathon and … Continue reading "Watch: Francois D’Haene Readies for Western States"

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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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Press release from Italian mountain running website Corsa in Montagna. English translation from Corsa in Montagna. Photo by Alexis Courthoud.  Just after the seasonal debut of many athletes last weekend in Leffe (Trofeo Valli Bergamasche Mountain relay) in a few days will be staged another classic of Italian Mountain Running. We are talking about the... 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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Press release from the Northeast Delta Dental Mount Washington Road Race. The Mt. Washington Auto Road management and the organizers of the annual Northeast Delta Dental Mount Washington Road Race have announced that they will institute testing for performance-enhancing drug use, beginning with this year’s race. The men’s and women’s overall winners, along with other... Read more »

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