Posts By: Nancy Hobbs

Better Together – Our 2024 Theme

The American Trail Running Association’s (ATRA) advisory board enthusiastically shares our 2024 theme, “Better Together.” This year’s theme has many different interpretations, not the least of which is the fact that togetherness creates and builds community. That togetherness can be far reaching and include partnerships, mentorship, coaching, collaborations, and multi-user experiences on the trails. The… Read more »

Running Up For Air Expands to Include Global RUFA Day

The following article featuring Running Up For Air was written by Lisa Jhung and first appeared in the winter 2023 issue of ATRA’s quarterly newsletter Trail Times. Excitement is building for Running Up For Air as ultrarunner Jared Campbell’s brainchild gains support from sponsor Patagonia. On the snowy trail up Utah’s 8,299-foot Grandeur Peak last… Read more »

Trail Runner’s Survey: Livestreaming

ATRA recently conducted a survey to learn what individuals look for in a livestream, why they watch a livestream, whether watch time is live or from a recording, and much more. Below are some demographics of the 1240 respondents followed by a recap of some of the response data. Demographics Age breakdown: 54% ages 40-59… Read more »

Building Emotional Fitness

This article focusing on emotional fitness first appeared in ATRA’s winter 2023 quarterly newsletter Trail Times and was written by Samantha Pruitt. Part one in a series: How to train your mind and body for winning your life. As an athlete, coach, and business leader I have learned a few things — usually the hard… Read more »

Featured Trail Town: Knoxville, TN

The following feature on Knoxville, Tennessee was provided by Caleb Wilson and the team at Visit Knoxville Sports Commission. This city on the Tennessee River will host the 12th annual US Trail Running Conference October 23-25, 2024. Being located close to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park to the east and the rugged Cumberland Plateau… Read more »

U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials Qualifiers who also run trails

The following article was compiled by ATRA team member Andy Wacker and features trail and mountain runners who have qualified to race in the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials. Featured photo of Rachel Drake racing in Argentina at the 2019 World Mountain Running Championships. Every four years, USATF holds a championship-style race where the top three… Read more »

2024 Valsir Mountain Running World Cup Calendar Unveiled

The following release from Hector Rubio, media manager, World Mountain Running Association, highlights the 2024 Valsir Mountain Running World Cup calendar. Cover photo of Scout Adkin courtesy Marco Gulberti. Featuring a roster spanning eight countries, encompassing 10 events and a total of 13 races, this season promises a thrilling array of locations, beloved classics, and… Read more »

Born to Run 2024 Scholarship Announced

The following announcement is from our friends at Born to Run (BTR) who are looking for applicants with a passion for community, serving others, and running. See below for details. SANTA MARIA, California, December 8, 2023 – The BTR Scholarship Committee announces the launch of the Born to Run (BTR) scholarships for 2024. This new… Read more »

Timely topics highlighted at The Running Event

The 17th edition of The Running Event (TRE) was held in Austin, Texas from November 28-30, and featured more than 300 vendors in a two-day expo, educational sessions, and numerous networking opportunities. TRE is North America’s premier specialty retail conference and trade show welcoming race directors, media, run specialty store owners, brands and organizations. TRE… Read more »

2023 USATF Mountain Ultra Trail Runners of the Year Announced

The Mountain/Ultra/Trail running (MUT) executive committee (13 members) of long distance running recently selected the 2023 USATF Mountain, Ultra and Trail Runners of the Year. During the Mountain Ultra Trail Running Council session at this year’s USATF Annual Meeting the recipients were announced and are listed below. Selection Criteria for MUT Runners of the Year… Read more »

2024 USATF National Cross Country Championships Return to Richmond Region

The following release was provided by Steve Taylor and features details about the upcoming 2024 USATF Cross Country Championships. Featured photo from the 2007 USATF Cross Country Championships taken by Nancy Hobbs. RICHMOND, Va. – The excitement is building for the 2024 USA Track & Field National Cross Country Championships to be held in Richmond,… Read more »

Trail Runner’s Gear Review: Nathan Hypernight Stealth Jacket

The following review was written by Sarah Barber and features Nathan’s Hypernight Stealth Jacket. Gear was provided at no cost for the review and gear test. The winter solstice rapidly approaches, and with the cooler weather comes fewer hours of sunlight leading to longer nights. Indeed, “hypernight” seems like a good way to describe it… Read more »

All In Trail Collective Scholarship Applications Open

Joe McConaughy shares details about the All In Trail Collective Scholarship and program in the following announcement. When I was in my early 20s, I was overwhelmed by the trail running world. Living in New England, the races that people talked about were generally far away and cost a lot of money. I struggled to… Read more »

Fear and Roaming in a Livestream

The following article was written by Corinne Shalvoy and features her recent experiences with livestreaming and all that entails. Corinne is an avid trail and ultra runner, mother of two sons, and has been married to her ultra-running husband, Graham for 16 years. She recently joined the ATRA advisory board. We were 92 miles into… Read more »

Trail Runner’s Gear Review: Salomon Sense Flow Vest

The following review was written by trail runner Sarah Barber who tested the Salomon Sense Flow Vest. Product was provided for the review by ATRA corporate member Salomon at no charge. I dislike winter. Well, wait—winter in Baja might be okay, but even just thinking about winter in the northern latitudes gives me goosebumps. However,… Read more »

Moab Trail Marathon Race Experience

The following article was written by Becca Bishop who shares her experience from the 2023 Moab Trail Marathon. Becca is an oncology Physician Assistant at the Boise VA and an avid trail runner. She and her husband are both Marine Corps veterans. They share three kids, two dogs, a cat, a mule and a donkey,… Read more »

UltraSignup Presents the Bentonville Dirt Circus

The following press release was provided by ATRA corporate member UltraSignup and features the inaugural Bentonville Dirt Circus events. UltraSignup, in collaboration with Rush Running Company and Visit Bentonville, will stage the inaugural Bentonville Dirt Circus 10K and 5K races on November 17-18, 2023.The host city is the picturesque and trail-friendly Bentonville, Arkansas. This event… Read more »