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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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The Nature Lover’s Quotation Book: An Inspired Collection for Hiking, Camping and the Great Outdoors, compiled by Hatherleigh Press, 2018. Reviewed by trail runner Laura Clark. The beauty of a compilation of quotations about nature is that you can absorb the essence of great writers and naturalists without having to plough through pages of dense... Read more »

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Written by Andrew Simmons for the Spring 2018 edition of our Trail Times Newsletter. Spring is an amazing time of renewal, change, and awakening after the doldrums of winter. For many, it signals a return to the trails, and a reminder of all the great runs from the past year. As springtime ramps up, consider... Read more »

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Written by Catherine Frame for the Spring 2018 edition of our Trail Times Newsletter. Well, I finally did it! I made it through most of the Colorado winter, completed a series of four races – each one progressively longer – and I loved it! This chilly time of year has always been a struggle for... Read more »

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Written by Sonia Pietrangelo and originally published in the Winter 2017/18 edition of our Trail Times newsletter. In the middle of the North Atlantic Ocean, halfway between North America and Continental Europe lies the unique and breathtaking archipelago known as the Azores. This autonomous region of Portugal consists of nine mysterious volcanic islands of untouched... Read more »

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Reviewed by Laura Clark and originally published in the Winter 2017/18 edition of our Trail Times newsletter. Running the Long Path: A 350-Mile Journey of Discovery in New York’s Hudson Valley, by Kenneth A. Posner. “There lies before me a long brown path, leading wherever I choose.” — Walt Whitman, Song of the Open Road... Read more »

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Reviewed by Nancy Hobbs and originally published in the Winter 2017/18 edition of our Trail Times newsletter.  Picture above: The author Phil Stewart with a copy of the guide opened to a photo of the Pikes Peak summit in Manitou Springs, Colorado. Having spent the past two and a half years gathering research and updating... Read more »

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Written by Andrew Simmons and originally published in the Winter 2017/18 edition of our Trail Times newsletter. Cold weather can provide its own set of unique challenges for runners. As temperatures drop, staying warm is critical. Making sure you’re taking the right steps to benefit yourself and your surroundings is key. What follows are a... Read more »

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Written by Jim York and originally published in the Winter 2017/18 edition of our Trail Times newsletter. Northern Lites is an American Trail Running Association corporate member.  Jim is also event director of the Ripper Race on February 4, 2018 at Afton Alps, WI. Snowshoes are an easy way to keep running all winter, even... Read more »

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Written by Dr. Sarah Cash Crawford from ATRA corporate member Beyond Exercise, LLC. Dry needling is a technique used mostly by physical therapists and occasionally by chiropractors, medical doctors and dare I say…acupuncturists. You may be asking: is it not the same as acupuncture? That is a very short answer: No. Acupuncture is based on Traditional... Read more »

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Book review written by ATRA member Laura Clark and originally published in the Fall 2017 edition of our Trail Times newsletter. The Tao of Running: Your Journey to Mindful and Passionate Running, by Gary Dudney. Meyer & Meyer Sport, 2016. The keys to The Tao of Running are contained in the subtitle: journey, mindful and... Read more »

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The Way of the Runner: A Journey into the Fabled World of Japanese Running, by Adharanand Finn. Pegasus Books, 2015. Reviewed by Laura Clark for the Fall 2017 edition of the Trail Times newsletter. Upon his return from Kenya (Running with the Kenyans), A. Finn posted an impressive series of PRs in a variety of distances.... Read more »

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The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate, by Peter Wohlleben. Greystone Books, 2015. Reviewed by Laura Clark for the Fall 2017 edition of the Trail Times newsletter. Deep into a difficult trail race, I always seem to recall this common quote: “I ran by the trees as if they were standing... Read more »

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Written by Stephen R. Santangelo and originally published in the Fall 2017 edition of the Trail Times newsletter. If you don’t have time to do it right, when will you have time to do it over? ~John Wooden Many factors are essential in maintaining a healthy body to continue running the trails over the years and performing... Read more »

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Written by ATRA member Stephen R. Santangelo I prefer to make reference to the body’s mid-section as the “trunk,” rather than the fitness industry’s buzz word of choice — “core.” The drawback to mid-section training, regardless of what word one chooses as the descriptor, is the focus on the same useless exercises such as crunches,... Read more »

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Written by Laura Clark for the Fall 2017 edition of the Trail Times newsletter. Members of the Western Massachusetts Athletic Club always knew Mt. Greylock was magical, with its mist-enshrouded War Memorial crowning the top and its winter-white hump inspiring Herman Melville’s Moby Dick. But this year provided firm confirmation: Harry Potter & Company chose Greylock... Read more »

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This past August an American Trail Running Association team captured panoramic “street-view” imagery of the entire Pikes Peak Ascent & Marathon course using Google’s backpack-mounted camera system. The resulting imagery will enable fans of the Pikes Peak race to view the entire length of the trail from the comfort of their home, or on the... Read more »

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Written by Mike Teger for ATRA’s Summer 2017 Trail Times Newsletter. Mike lives and runs on the trails near his home in Colorado Springs. An ATRA member, Mike was the – in his words, “lucky recipient” – of a race entry provided by Spectrum Sports Management to ATRA for its monthly e-newsletter giveaway. I have... Read more »

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A story about the first ever National High School Trail Running Championships written by Kenny Wilcox for ATRA’s Summer 2017 Trail Times Newsletter. It felt as if my lungs were expanding slowly like a thick, latex balloon. I looked down at the pronounced rising and falling of my chest to confirm what I already knew-my... Read more »

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Written by Andrew Simmons for ATRA’s Summer 2017 Trail Times Newsletter. As a young coach, the opportunities to learn and grow come along as frequently as turns on a track. These opportunities eventually create wisdom and experience, and is one reason a coach of 30 years will coach more based on past experience than “by... Read more »

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Written by Laura Clark for ATRA’s Spring 2017 Trail Times Newsletter. Cresting Homer’s rosy-fingered dawn is a new interest in Greek heroes. Sparked by Rick Riordan’s middle-grade Percy Jackson series two offerings for adults have recently made their debut. As a matter of pride for all of us, they are written by ultrarunners accustomed to... Read more »

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Written by Andrew Simmons for the Spring 2017 issue of ATRA’s Trail Times Newsletter. If 2017 is the year you will go beyond the marathon distance, consider the following. Preparation: Longer distances will require more time in lots of aspects, make sure you have the time to commit to training. Starting with a good plan... Read more »

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Written by Liz Grimm for ATRA’s Spring 2017 Trail Times Newsletter. Your brain’s sole existence in the world is to survive – because of this, the body has evolved to become a machine capable of changing in any way needed to survive whatever conditions challenge it. As runners, we call this compensation. When things go... Read more »

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Written by Emily Higgins McDevitt for ATRA’s Spring 2017 Trail Times Newsletter. “A community of fun-loving girls and boys who run amok in the woods and mountains of Midcoast Maine.” Enjoy this personal story from Emily Higgins McDevitt, about the start of the Trail Runners of Midcoast Maine. As with all good things in life,... Read more »

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Written by Pecker Trekker race director Jackson Stewart for ATRA’s Spring 2017 Trail Times Newsletter. The southern US has always been known for its pine forests. A formerly major part of this ecosystem, the Longleaf Pine was a prolific species that spanned over 90 million acres from Virginia south to Florida, and as far east... Read more »

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Written by collegiate coaches Josh Eberly and Kevin Giesen for ATRA’s Winter Trail Times Newsletter. The Western State Colorado University Mountain Sports – Trail Team celebrated its fifth year in 2016, with Josh Eberly at the helm as head coach the past two years assisted by Bill Hibdon. Learn about the program from Eberly and one... Read more »

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Written by Stephen R. Santangelo for ATRA’s 2016/17 Winter Trail Times Newsletter. There are two approaches to training; competitive season and non-competitive season. I have often found it rather ridiculous to refer to the non-competitive season as the “off season.” As athletes, we truly don’t have an off season. All too often endurance athletes fall... Read more »

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Written by By Cammi Balleck for ATRA’s Winter 2016 Trail Times Newsletter.  Cammi & Company is an ATRA corporate member. If you’re an all-weather runner, you will face it all, and no snow or ice will keep you from your run. While your body is benefitted, your skin will pay the price. You already know... Read more »

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Written by Doug Mayer for ATRA’s Winter 2016 Trail Times Newsletter. One of the highlights of my year is co-race directing the Randolph Ramble, a rugged, late-fall 10km in the wilds of the northernmost region of New Hampshire’s White Mountains. It’s everything I love about trail running—a tough challenge with friends old and new, and... Read more »

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Written by Gina Lucrezi for ATRA’s Winter Trail Times Newsletter. About six years ago, I moved to Carbondale, Colorado to work with Trail Runner magazine as their Advertising Manager. I was an avid trail runner and wanted to take my racing to a more competitive level. What better place to train than in the Roaring... Read more »

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Written by Eric Oliver, PT for ATRA’s Summer 2016 Trail Times Newsletter. Running injuries may pop up at any time, but especially during the later stages of training for a race, or goal effort. By this time, your body has already endured hundreds of thousands of steps, and if you have any movement faults, strength... Read more »

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Written by Laura Clark and originally published in our Summer 2016 edition of Trail Times. The answer is when it is Prospect Mountain Uphill Road Race. There is always a comfortable crowd, not too big; but not too small either, as well as a loyal contingent of regulars and Northeast Uphill Mountain Series participants. And... Read more »

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Written by trail runner Bob Holtel for the 2001 edition of ATRA’s Trail Times newsletter. Photo from Ultraholic.com. Simplicity in all things is the secret of the wilderness and one of its most valuable lessons. It is what we leave behind that is most important. I think the matter of simplicity goes further than just... Read more »

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