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Follow these tips to successfully get through your first overnight race.

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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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To breathe deeply, to see the horizon clearly, to talk to old friends, to move your legs up and down a mountain—how marvelous and precious this life on earth is, the more imperiled it becomes.

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No, our dog is not part of this gear/gift guide, but something in that photo is! This time of year, I like to share recommendations for worthwhile running- and outdoor-related stuff I discovered over the past 12 months.

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How to watch the country’s oldest ultramarathon this weekend. Here’s our interview with last year’s JFK mens champ Eric Senseman. Lots of other top talent this year…should be great to watch. All eyes on Zach?  The contest between Leah Frost and Kaci Lickteig should be a good one too. Here’s …

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An average training day for Camille Herron might include eating a burger, dancing to Led Zeppelin’s “Ramble On” in the car and a run along a winding mountain trail, her … Continue reading "Camille Herron’s Comeback"

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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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I wanna run and feel like I did in that photo from 2015. I can’t recall a time I felt this degree of ambivalence about running, which is supposed to be my passion. Perhaps I’m fitting the profile of burnout, but burnout usually follows overtraining, and since September I’ve been undertraining.

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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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Under a gibbous moon in the dry desert of Kanab, Utah, Jax Mariash climbed, hand over hand, up a pink sand dune. Then another. Then another. She climbed up and … Continue reading "Jax Mariash Continues to Take the Stage"

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After registering for his first trail ultramarathon, a 100K in Northern California, Ron Nowland, a consistent runner with several marathons under his belt, began tacking more miles onto his Saturday … Continue reading "Is Your Training Unproductive?"

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It was Sunday, 10 in the morning, in the vicinity of the finish line of the Stagecoach 100 mile race. I was not functioning well as a human person. “Hey, I couldn’t find you!” said Geoff after I’d wandered off for another unplanned nap in the back of the enormous …

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Because I face the move back to California and some big decisions about our home, I am mulling, “What next? What will I do after I turn 50?” To plan ahead, first I look back and reflect. I reminisce about life one decade ago…

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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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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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Cody Reed and his rat pack of ultrarunning heavy-weights have one goal in mind: win as many ultras as possible.

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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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I decided to turn my sour grapes into fortified grape juice and attempt an upstart, scrappy race the weekend after Hardrock 100, on the same mountain range, that’s arguably even more difficult—a race so miserable in its first year on the current route that the RD admits, “I don’t think it was a good experience […]

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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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“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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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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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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Harvey Sweetland Lewis is making his way across the Appalachian Trail in hopes of setting a new FKT of 45 days and a few hours.

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To me, an ideal getaway is not an island resort or a spa weekend. It’s a running camp in a mountain environment. These totally worthwhile experiences at trail-running camps heighten my excitement to launch a new mountain-running camp just one month from now.

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I lay on the soggy, wet ground, my body contorted into a pile of flesh and human suffering. My feet have long since pickled inside their shoes to something beyond recognition as actual appendages. Every … Continue reading "A Duel to the Near Death"

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Written by USATF Mountain Ultra Trail (MUT) Running Executive Committee members Richard Bolt, Nancy Hobbs, Alex Varner and Jason Bryant and approved by the MUT Executive Committee. The Trail World Championship is regulated by the International Association of Ultrarunners (IAU) under the patronage of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) and with their technical... Read more »

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We have all been there. It’s that moment in the primordial ooze of being a non-runner when something happens, and suddenly you’re given life as a runner. No matter how that origin of runner-life transpires, it’s a long way to evolve to running long distances on trails. But through a few tips and tricks, you … Continue reading "From Zero to Trail Hero: Part 1"

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“If I want to be the best in the world at anything, sh*t’s going to go wrong.” —Robbie Britton on being an ultrarunner. This gorgeous film, shot in Chamonix, documents one ultrarunner’s aspirations to be the best, and the true nature of ultrarunning, which is sometimes ugly. Directed by GoshDamn DoP // Hamish Anderson Music … Continue reading "Watch: Ultra Man"

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A guide to running your first 50K including key intensity workouts and a free 16-week training plan.

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This weekend, ultrarunners will head to Virginia for the 8th Annual Ultra Race of Champions (UROC) 100k on May 12. Along with a deep

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Trail running shoes continue to evolve as more research is done on what runners need and want out of their sneakers. And nowadays,

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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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To even consider running an ultra seems like a pretty astounding thing to me. To actually run one is amazingly remarkable. But to be an

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At mile 30 of the Bear 100 Mile Endurance Run, Luke Nelson struggled to focus as he moved along the beautiful, but difficult course. A

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In the second half of 2014, a then-33-year-old attorney from Los Angeles named Ellen Kenney started doing her first runs over five miles. She had run a bit in law school, but in the way that a lot of people start—haltingly and begrudgingly. At that pupae stage of her running development, it was a chore, … Continue reading "How Ellen Kenney Became an Ultrarunner From Scratch"

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Ultra-endurance athlete Meredith Edwards offers tips on how you can go beyond the marathon this year.

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Ultra-endurance athlete Meredith Edwards offers tips on how you can go beyond the marathon this year.

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On April 7, 2018, nearly 500 athletes arrived at an overlook at 4 a.m. to board the buses and eat breakfast on the way to the starting line of the American River 50. With sleep in their eyes, runners from all levels and backgrounds chattered in excitement as stories and wisdom were passed around the crowd from … Continue reading "2018 American River 50: A Race to Celebrate the Running Community"

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I’m writing this partly as a reminder never to take exultant, elevated, healthy highs for granted, because you just may fall on your ass.

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