Claire Trageser

Multimedia Journalist


I write for Runner’s World, Marie Claire, Mashable, Travel + Leisure, Women’s Running and several other national and local publications. Examples of my work are below.

Runner’s World

Troubled Teens Find Direction Through Running
A running club at a school for juvenile offenders takes teens who’ve never run a mile and helps them finish 5Ks, 10Ks, even half marathons and marathons, while teaching them discipline, self confidence and how to handle pain.

Social Mania
All of our online interaction makes us more organized, accountable, and motivated. But can sitting down to type on a computer — or tethering ourselves to a smartphone — really make us better runners?

Running on Emptiness
My meditation instructor said to follow my breath, but as I ran up a steep trail, 8,000 feet above sea level, I was breathing so hard that my mind could barely keep up. I was about a mile into a 2.5-mile run. Dry air filled my throat, my leg muscles burned, and all I could hear was my own panting breath. I hated that sound. Each heavy gasp for air reminded me of how tired I was, which then ushered in the thought that I was desperately trying to avoid: stop running.

I scanned the faces of the runners coming toward me as I ran an out-and-back leg of my first maratthon. My boyfriend was somewhere in the herd. When I finally saw him, Sam beamed and blew me a kiss. I smiled back — but not because of the kiss. Because I was beating him.

Triathlon Cofounder Jack Johnstone Dies at 80
Johnstone worked on what he thought would be a one-time wacky event: a running, biking, and swimming race.

Qualifier-Only Half Marathon Draws 2,400 Runners to Inaugural Event
Race organizer Ken Nwadike Jr. wanted to start a race that would be the “Boston of half marathons,” with qualifying times as a barrier to entry.

USA Half Runners Say They Have Not Received Refunds
More than a month later, many runners have not gotten their money back: Runner’s World spoke to more than 20 people who have yet to receive refunds.

I’m a Runner: Kathleen Sebelius
“Saying you don’t have enough time is a bad reason to not run,” says Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. “There’s always time for a run.”

Marie Claire

“I’m an Olympic Underdog”
Sarah Attar was an average college runner. Then she became one of two women who were the first to represent Saudi Arabia in the Olympics.

Wonder Women
Just because a woman is dressed as “Slave Princess Leia” doesn’t mean it’s OK to harass her. So says Rochelle Keyhan, a 30-year-old Philadelphia-based lawyer, who started the group Geeks for CONsent to battle what she says is rampant sexual harassment at comic conventions like Comic-Con.

Intimidation Tactics
Instructors at several colleges say when it comes to sexual assault on campus, school administrators would rather they stay out of it. They describe the fierce pressure they feel from their employers to not speak out.

Weddings in the Shadows
Some couples are holding “shadow wedding” ceremonies before their actual weddings where they vow to do their worst: fight, be jealous, cheat on each other, get bored and grow apart. The idea is to learn to accept your future spouse with all of his faults and to know he has accepted you with all of yours.

Faking My Engagement
As a writer covering one of the biggest biotechnology industries in the country, getting hit on is an occupational hazard for me. I go to a lot of events where I stand around and drink warm beers with men in khakis and button-down shirts, interviewing the mostly male scientists and entrepreneurs. Then I found a company that offered a solution to my problem.

Travel + Leisure

Love the Dude? You’ll Want to Go to ‘The Big Lebowski’ Festival
As the attendees walked inside, a man in a wheelchair dressed as Mr. Lebowski greeted them, calling out, “Are you employed sir? You don’t go out looking for a job dressed like that? On a weekday?”

This Popular Japanese Sushi Chef Wants to Be Your Friend on Facebook
The chef, Toshikazu Nakamaru, is 65 years old, but his Facebook page looks like it belongs to a college student.

Lebowski Fest Is Coming Back to Los Angeles
The dudes, dudenesses, and duders—or El Duderinos, if you’re not into the whole brevity thing—may even create a story every bit as stupefying as the queen in her damn undies while they’re there.

You Can Work Out Like a Mermaid at This Historic California Hotel
A new class at the Hotel Del in Coronado, California, shows there’s probably a reason Ariel the mermaid is always in bikini tops.


Left speechless: Everything has changed for deaf visitors at Yosemite
After building a history of providing superior services for Deaf visitors, the park cut its deaf services coordinator position and no longer has staff members on site who can provide sign language interpreting.

Yosemite National Park brings back deaf services after cuts
Yosemite National Park cut its deaf services coordinator position last year. Now it has brought the job back and gone a step beyond to better serve its hearing impaired visitors.

How travel has changed from one generation to the next
Like older generations, people in their 20s are traveling to experience new things and learn about themselves, but they are looking to have more unusual and challenging experiences than simply buying a Europass and staying in hostels.

The ‘Wild’ effect: Hikers are flooding the Pacific Crest Trail
It’s not yet known how many hikers will try the Pacific Crest Trail this year, but estimates range from 1,600 to 3,000 — 10 times the number from before Cheryl Strayed’s book came out.

Cold? Time to Plan a Trip to San Diego
While the rest of the country is suffering through another arctic freeze, San Diego sees some of its nicest weather in the winter.

Fitness Retreats Give Jumpstart on New Year’s Resolutions
This New Year’s Eve, Kristi Soomer won’t be sipping champagne or worrying about who she’ll kiss at midnight. She’ll be surfing in the Dominican Republic.

How — and How Not — to Travel for Running Races
If you’ve ever traveled to compete in an athletic event, you know that there are a lot of ways things can go wrong.

Women’s Running

Running on Empty
While running is an effective tool for people who want to lose weight for health reasons, the line between what’s healthy and what’s dangerous can easily blur.

Jennifer Love Hewitt
It’s only 8 a.m. and I have already seen Jennifer Love Hewitt in her underwear. Five times to be exact. I interviewed the actress about her love of running (or lack thereof) and why she thinks you shouldn’t run off your curves.

Sanya Richards Ross
Forget Ryan Lochte. Sanya Richards Ross was the first Olympian to land her own reality show. I talked with the Olympic runner about her training regimen and her NFL cornerback husband.

Alison Sweeney
Alison Sweeney has no idea she’s a fitness icon. The Days of Our Lives actress and Biggest Loser host talks about training for a marathon and learning to be comfortable in her own skin.

A.J. Cook
After years of struggling to be Hollywood thin, “Criminal Minds” star A.J. Cook dropped dieting and discovered a new motivation for staying healthy.

Competitor Magazine

I’m A Competitor: Nicholas Sparks
Nicholas Sparks has sold 80 million books worldwide. He’s also a talented runner, and keeps up a workout routine that makes me tired just thinking about it.

Dating in Your Running Shoes
More and more, single runners are turning to their sport as a way to find relationships. But running dates aren’t easy. Veteran runners offer tips on how to meet people through running.

I’m A Competitor: Jesse Itzler
Jesse Itzler has transitioned from his role as the early 1990s rapper known as Jesse Jaymes, who wrote songs like “Shake It (Like a White Girl),” to being the co-founder of Marquis Jet, a company that sells flight time on private jets. He also runs miles and miles every opportunity he gets.

San Diego Magazine

Trail of the Month
My monthly column in San Diego Magazine highlights a different running or hiking trail. More importantly, I tell you where to eat after you’re done.

San Diego’s Top 50 Trails
From hiking the foothills to biking the beach, San Diego is a city made for exploring outdoors. I wrote a lengthy checklist of the best trails in the region.

The Big Time: USA Half Marathon Invitational
On the heels of hosting the first-ever half marathon with qualifying times, San Diego is poised to join the big leagues of running.

I Tried It: Cellular Fitness
Shortly after a disappointing race, my editor asked me to try a new contraption. It’s called the Cyclic Variations in Adaptive Conditioning, or CVAC, pod.

Coffee College
It’s not Harvard or Princeton—and in fact, it’s in Vista—but the Ivy League Barista Academy is graduating more than your average Starbucks worker.

Kicked Around: What’s jeopardizing soccer’s Surf Cup?
Organizers of the Surf Cup say spending from soccer tournament visitors packs a large economic punch for San Diego. Now, they worry they may have to take that money elsewhere.

Other Magazines

One Small Step: The People’s Movement
The surf enthusiasts behind the People’s Movement have figured out that creating cool footwear can help clean up the oceans.

Learning to Fly, and I Ain’t Got Wings
I’m standing on a platform 30 feet above the ground. My toes are curled over the edge, and my right hand is holding a trapeze bar. I am leaning forward into the air while my instructor, Simon Rowston, anchors me to the platform by gripping the canvas belt fastened around my waist.

Just Another Night
It’s Friday night, and Dalton Huckaby Jr. is ready to get naked. At exactly 6:30, Huckaby climbs onto his stage and slides out of his robe. His 5’6”, 160 pound body is compact, lean and muscular, almost hairless and slightly round at the stomach and butt.