US Trail Running Conference Announces ATRA Better Together Scholarship Recipients

Ten race directors to receive support to attend industry-leading event

The US Trail Running Conference has announced the ten recipients for the ATRA (American Trail Running Association) Better Together Scholarships, each hailing from a different state.

The scholarships provide ten new or aspiring race directors or event organizers funding to cover their travel and accommodation expenses up to a maximum of $1500 per recipient to attend the US Trail Running Conference. Registration costs for these race directors will be covered by the Conference organizers.

US Trail Running Conference director Terry Chiplin said, “The response to the scholarship offer was overwhelming, and it was an exciting challenge to select the ten worthy recipients. We eagerly look forward to the opportunity to work with these ten race directors or event organizers at the Conference to give them the tools and connections to start or grow their business. We are very grateful to ATRA for their generous donation that has made this possible.”

Nancy Hobbs, ATRA executive director said, “Our board enthusiastically supported the creation of the 2024 Better Together scholarships. This is just one way ATRA can make a difference in our sport by offering opportunities for growth and engagement in the race directing community. We look forward to welcoming this diverse group to Knoxville in October.”

The 2024 US Trail Running Conference takes place in Knoxville, Tennessee, October 23-25, and is presented by Marathon Printing, Inc.

The 2024 ATRA Better Together scholarship recipients are:

Shalini Bhajjan – Terrain Trail Runners – Eureka, MO

Jeff Allen – Chippewa Trail Races – Wyoming, MN

Megan Lacy – Boise Front Trail Run – Boise, ID

Patrick Caron – Tarc Trail Series – Greater Boston, MA

Katie Wallace – Over The Rainbow Runs – Kanab, UT

Kirk Cherep – Trailblazer Running – Valparaiso, IN

Aimee Kohler – The Running Kind – Nazareth, PA

Mechella Lara – Chingona Race Productions – San Antonio, TX

Rajiv Shrestha – Pokhara Trail Race Series – Cincinnati, OH

Peter Downing – Suffer Better – Denver, CO

More info:

For details on the US Trail running Conference and to register, go to

Contact Event Director, Terry Chiplin for further information,, or +33 (0)6 79 76 31 53

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About the American Trail Running Association

The American Trail Running Association, ATRA, was formed in 1996 as a Colorado not for profit corporation.Their mission is to represent and promote trail running, mountain running, and ultra trail running. They offer individual, club, race and corporate memberships. One of their primary benefits is their quarterly newsletter, Trail Times. ATRA offers numerous resources, timely articles, an event standards program, and has a robust online searchable events calendar.

About the US Trail Running Conference 

The US Trail Running Conference provides education, inspiration, and unique networking opportunities for trail race directors, trail runners, brands and fans of the sport. The Conference is held in partnership with Visit Knoxville Sports Commission and the American Trail Running Association. The mission of the US Trail Running Conference is to lead, educate, connect and empower an inclusive family of trail runners, race directors and industry leaders working to share best practices with the trail running community.

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