*  Authenticity

Authenticity is the first trail-running value. At its origins, trail-running was born from the runners’ motivation to practise their sport in contact with natural surroundings, so as to experience the beauty of the landscape and to learn to evolve without artifice in an environment that is demanding for both body and spirit. Trail-running is an authentic sport, because it creates a confrontation between the participant and the unspoilt natural environment as a source of inspiration, surpassing oneself, but also one of harmony.

As a social activity, trail running promotes human relationships based on simplicity, conviviality, sharing and respect for differences. The trail-running community gives these authentic values as much importance as those of performance and competition.

Mission Statement   ▾

Born in July 2013, the ITRA (International Trail Running Association) aims to give a voice to parties involved in trail running in order to promote its strong values, its diversity, the safety of races and the health of runners, as well as to further the development of trail running and ensure a constructive dialogue between the national and international bodies with an interest in the sport.


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ITRA is looking for a Community Manager and a Project Coordinator !

You are a trail running and digital marketing passionate, you wish to contribute to the development of this sport in an associative environment? The following job applications are made for you !

(We are looking for bilingual profiles french/english)



14/09 US Trail Running Conference

Love trail running? We do too! Whether you're an experienced trail runner, and ultra-marathoner, a trail newbie, a trail race director, or somewhere in between, the fifth annual US Trail Running Conference, brought to you by Active at Altitude, is for you. The Conference is held in partnership with the American Trail Running Association, and takes place October 11-14, 2017, in Estes Park, CO, USA, at the historic Stanley Hotel.

See details & to register here

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22/08 ITRA Press conference


Friday, September 1st, 2017 - 12:00 am – 1:00 pm
Le Majestic, Congress Centre, Chamonix

Program :

  • Focus on the 2018 Trail World Championships
  • Presentation of the ITRA Quartz health program’s innovations

With the presence of the organizer of Penyagolosa Trails, José SANTOS vice-president of ITRA in charge of international relations, and some of the athletes involved into Quartz Programm 

Presentation of the ITRA Quartz health program’s innovations with the partner brands
Columbia, Compressport, Hoka One One, Salomon, The North Face,


  • Patrick BASSET president of the ITRA Health Commission and Ultra Sports Sciences foundation,
  • Pierre SALLET president of the Athletes For Transparency association and coordinator of Quartz program for the ITRA
  • Jean-Charles PERRIN representative of Ultra-Trail® World Tour


1.05 pm: Possible individual meetings with the speakers in the adjoining rooms of the Congress Centre

06/07 Asia Pacific Trail Running Summit

6 July 2017 - The 3rd edition of the Asia Pacific Trail Running Summit will be held tomorrow at the Shanghai ISPO in China.  Janet Ng, member of the Steering Committee, will discuss ITRA and its work, in addition to the development of trail running in Asia.

06/07 The 8th EHUNMILAK ULTRA-TRAIL® - July 7-9

The 3 events of this 8th edition will be held on July 7, 8 and 9 with departure and arrival in Beasain. Two of the tests will start on Friday July 7th and the little sister will be held on Sunday, July. As for the Ehunmilak Ultra-Trail® main event, its demanding course of 168km/D+11,000 m continues to attract an ever larger number of participants per year, as its reputation for beauty, personality and toughtness grows larger. There will be 409 aspirants this year to its finish line.

Ehunmilak novelties for 2017: The main novelties of this eigth edition correspond to the environment, sports control, safety and live race tracking.  • In the environmental field, extended measures are applied on waste recycling, with an ever larger number of containers for selective recycling in the race.  • Sports control includes specialized personnel to ensure no runner receives external support in any form, as well as cheking out mandatory gear per each entry.  • Live race coverage will be available via geolocation, video streaming and radiotrail. All ultrarunners for the 88k and 168km races, will be geotagged by GPS. It is also worth mentioning the increase in emergency specialists to cover the route with greater guarantees. Finally, fans will be able to follow the race by live streaming video as well as radio, with a live show of up to 30 hours coordinated by veteran trail journalist Mayayo from the #radiotrail show at Maratonradio.com More info here and access to facebook page here.

14/03 Fizkultura, 18th of March, Bulgaria // Trail-running seminar

Information from Miléna Alen, the ITRA national representative for organizers in Bulgaria:

"This saturday, 18th of March, three of the most inspiring and popular people in trail-running and endurance Dean KarnazesSean Conway and Ian Corless will participate as guest lecturers in Fizkulturaa seminar on trail-running and adventure in Bulgaria.

Together with the Bulgarian top mountain climber Boyan Petrov, the Bulgarian top female runner Antonia Grigorova, who is going to attempt a national female endurance record 600 km for less than 6 days, and Dimitrina Sivkova, one of the renowned kinesio practitioners who is also part of the ITRA Health Commission, they will talk about motivation and life experience in endurance and adventure."

26/01 Trail running recognition - Uruguay

16th of December 2016: 1st prize giving ceremony for the CAU (Uruguayan Athletic Federation) trail running category, in collaboration with the AUTRA (Uruguayan Trail running association) in which Daniel Perez, the ITRA National Representative of the Uruguayan Runners, is involved.

See the results

01/09 2016 Trail World Championships - Trans Peneda Trails

Already 40 delegations and 302 runners confirmed for Trans Peneda-Gerês 2016 Trail World Championships in Portugal ! Find more here

31/08 2018 Trail World Championships - PenyagolosaTrails

The 2018 Trail World Championships will be host in Spain on the Penyagolosa event.

More information : here on Marca (ES)

29/08 Highlights on UTMB

Beautiful images sometimes speak louder than text, so here is a short video of the highlights of this UTMB in 2016, held late August: https://youtu.be/oJpggFwx9Ic

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Opening of registration

Nuts Ylläs Pallas 2018

  • Registration
  • 21/11 ▸ 01/07
  • Location
  • Finland
  • Date of event
  • 13/07/2018
  • Distance
  • 30.1km ▸ 134.2km
  • Height gain/loss
  • 1080m+ ▸ 3770m+
  • Endurance points
  • 25
  • Mountain
  • 34
  • Finisher criteria
  • 340350

Amalfi Positano Ultratrail 2018

  • Registration
  • 20/11 ▸ 18/05
  • Location
  • Campania, Italy
  • Date of event
  • 27/05/2018
  • Distance
  • 16.8km ▸ 50.2km
  • Height gain/loss
  • 1060m+ ▸ 3060m+
  • Endurance points
  • 13
  • Mountain
  • 78
  • Finisher criteria
  • 260430

Garmin 100 2018

  • Registration
  • 20/11 ▸ 15/01
  • Location
  • Hong Kong
  • Date of event
  • 10/02/2018
  • Distance
  • 106.2km
  • Height gain/loss
  • 6450m+

Edf Cenis Tour 2018

  • Registration
  • 20/11 ▸ 29/07
  • Location
  • 73 - Savoie, France
  • Date of event
  • 05/08/2018
  • Distance
  • 25.9km ▸ 72.2km
  • Height gain/loss
  • 1490m+ ▸ 3380m+
  • Endurance points
  • 24
  • Mountain
  • 67
  • Finisher criteria
  • 340390

Trail Da Boa Ventura 2018

  • Registration
  • 19/11 ▸ 31/12
  • Location
  • Madeira, Portugal
  • Date of event
  • 14/01/2018
  • Distance
  • 10.9km ▸ 25.5km
  • Height gain/loss
  • 860m+ ▸ 1790m+
  • Endurance points
  • 02
  • Mountain
  • 8
  • Finisher criteria
  • 350410

Black Mountain Trail ® 2018

  • Registration
  • 19/11 ▸ 27/02
  • Location
  • 81 - Tarn, France
  • Date of event
  • 03/03/2018
  • Distance
  • 17.9km ▸ 54.5km
  • Height gain/loss
  • 1010m+ ▸ 3580m+
  • Endurance points
  • 14
  • Mountain
  • 78

Force 12 Events 2018

  • Registration
  • 18/11 ▸ 10/08
  • Location
  • Wales, United Kingdom
  • Date of event
  • 10/08/2018
  • Distance
  • 162.6km
  • Height gain/loss
  • 6730m+
  • Endurance points
  • 6
  • Mountain
  • 5
  • Finisher criteria
  • 330

Force 12 Events 2018

  • Registration
  • 18/11 ▸ 16/11
  • Location
  • Wales, United Kingdom
  • Date of event
  • 17/11/2018
  • Distance
  • 75.4km
  • Height gain/loss
  • 1800m+

Diez Vista 2018

  • Registration
  • 17/11 ▸ 03/04
  • Location
  • British Columbia, Canada
  • Date of event
  • 14/04/2018
  • Distance
  • 50.5km ▸ 98.3km
  • Height gain/loss
  • 1900m+ ▸ 3830m+
  • Endurance points
  • 34
  • Mountain
  • 4

Caminhos De Rosa - Ultramarathon 2018

  • Registration
  • 15/11 ▸ 01/06
  • Location
  • Minas Gerais, Brazil
  • Date of event
  • 06/09/2018
  • Distance
  • 57.1km ▸ 303km
  • Height gain/loss
  • 770m+ ▸ 4060m+
  • Endurance points
  • 04
  • Finisher criteria
  • 260330

Last results

18/11/2017   94.20km / 2740m+
Haria Extreme Lanzarote 2017 - Ultra

Rk Name Time
1David LUTZARDO08:58:26
2Jose Esteban MARTINEZ TECLES09:18:49
3Marco ZANCHI09:23:39
1Gemma ARENAS09:57:31
3Maria Mercedes PILA10:32:04

18/11/2017   22.70km / 760m+
Haria Extreme Lanzarote 2017 - Medium

Rk Name Time
1Alex BALDACCINI01:38:46
2Joaquin GOMEZ01:43:24
3Oswaldo MEDINA GUTIERREZ01:44:53
1Amaia RAMOS DEL AMO02:13:45
2Maria Jose GUILLEN NARANJO02:17:29

18/11/2017   9.80km / 390m+
Haria Extreme Lanzarote 2017 - Starter

Rk Name Time
1Steven Paul COELLO DIXON00:45:59
2Javier FERNANDEZ LOPEZ00:47:03
1Elsa PADRON VEGA00:55:25
2Miriam Del Carmen RODRIGUEZ GAMBIN01:01:27

18/11/2017   44.80km / 1730m+
Haria Extreme Lanzarote 2017 - Maratón

Rk Name Time
1Albert PUJOL03:54:30
2Danilson SILVA04:00:18
3Victor BERNAD04:00:21
1Laia CANES04:27:11
2Monica VIVES VILA04:34:29
3Dominique VAN MECHGELEN04:51:33

18/11/2017   17.50km / 850m+
Maratón Alpino Jarapalos 2017 - Open

Rk Name Time
1Angel ACCINO SUAREZ01:18:23
2Francisco GONZALEZ CARRERA01:21:28
3Raul ROCA MENA01:21:57
1Beatriz JIMENEZ TOME01:40:06
2Carmen AGUILAR GIRONA01:43:31
3Ana Maria JIMENEZ GALVEZ01:43:54

12/11/2017   38.90km / 2730m+
Peak Of Shenzhen Fkt Master Challenge 2017 - Triple Climbing Group

Rk Name Time
1Qingsong GUO05:17:17
2Ding YU05:53:40
3Guangzhong MENG06:17:34
1Yan YANG06:39:03
2Qian LU07:18:15
3Karolina MIKA07:34:03

12/11/2017   25.30km / 1770m+
Peak Of Shenzhen Fkt Master Challenge 2017 - Double Climbing Group

Rk Name Time
1Zhiquan TEN03:20:14
2Xi LIU03:47:05
3Zhuanming XU04:01:35
1Zhiping LI04:40:17
2Cheng SHI04:59:09
3Qiongfang ZHENG05:11:50

12/11/2017   49.20km / 2660m+
Shaowu International Trail Race 2017 - Shaowu International Ancient Trail Race

Rk Name Time
1Erenjia JIA04:50:45
2Nuerkailide AMAN05:04:06
3Jiao ZHANG05:15:30
1Fuzhao XIANG05:55:04
2Qian ZHANG06:25:59
3Yanting WANG07:11:18

12/11/2017   51.60km / 2170m+
Desafío Robledillo 2017 2017 - Desafío Robledillo Ultra 50K

Rk Name Time
1Borja FERNANDEZ05:36:12
2Miguel Angel HERRERA ESTEBAN06:28:13
3Javier MENDIRI WATTS06:35:47
2Isabel JIMENEZ PEINADO08:27:22

11/11/2017   40.30km / 2810m+
Costa Blanca Trails 2017 - Maraton 40K

Rk Name Time
1Josue ARAN GARCIA04:27:40
2Joaquin MARTI CALABUIG04:29:36
3Juan jose DE LOS ANGELES04:34:29
2Nadezda SURMONINA05:53:33
3Roser NICOLAU PICO06:05:56
20/05/2016 15:23

Press release

The ITRA, the International Trail Running Association, has aimed , since its creation in  2013, to give a voice to all the players involved in trail-running not only in order to promote the values of the discipline, maintain its diversity, contribute to its development, and facilitate dialogue between national and international institutions, but also to improve the safety of the races and the good health of runners.

Trail World Championships - TWC

The next World Trail-running Championships (Trail World Championships -TWC) will take place in Gerês (Portugal), on October 29th 2016, and will be organised under the auspices of two international organisations : the IAU (International Association of Ultra-runners) and the ITRA.

In 2015, during the World Championship which took place in Annecy, the IAU clearly made a reminder of the decision to organise the World Championships each year. Last November, the ITRA's Steering Committee decided to support the IAU in organising the 2016 World Championships in Gerês (Portugal) while engaging in an international debate with all players of the discipline in order to find the best way of organising future World Trail-running Championships.

Indeed, numerous questions always arise, whether in terms of the frequency of the event, the coordination with the international trail-running calendar, the format of the event, the selection of athletes...

For all these, the ITRA has sent a questionnaire to the entire community (organisers, runners, elite runners and members of federations and trail-running associations, brands and specialised media). Around 900 answers have helped to define all the requirements, numerous but also contradictory.

The announcement by the IAU in January 2016 of the Italian, (Badia Prataglia) for 2017, and the Spanish, (Penyagolosa) for 2018, candidatures were announced before the results of the survey were known.

The ITRA's propositions

Once the results of their survey were known, the ITRA's Steering Committee  voted on a series of propositions in order to define its official position :

- The ITRA wishes to find solutions for a more open race format corresponding to the values of trail-running, with, notably, a grouped start between the elite and 'mass' runners. This is an important point for the community which is being thought through at the heart the combined commission.

- The ITRA wishes to advance the idea of the organisation of the World Championships every two years over two distances of around 50km and 80km.

The decisions taken upon consultation with the IAU

A coordination meeting between the IAU and the ITRA took place in Lisbon on March 11, the decisions taken are as follow:

- A clear and transparent process was outlined with which must be followed as from the stage of candidacy. It aims at setting up a deadline of at least two years between the date of the next TWC and the date fixed for it. That of 2019 (if it takes place) will be made official two years in advance, or in autumn 2017 and the call for candidature will start in autumn 2016.

- The creation of a commission of four members consisting of two from the IAU and two from the ITRA will be responsible for the application process and will propose a choice for each TWC. These decisions will then be approved by the two steering committees of the IAU and ITRA.

- To continue discussions, with the federations, organisers, elite athletes and also the brands, to find the best possible solutions for a more open race format and to increase the media impact and the interest of the athletes by having a TWC every two years with two distances, on different continents.

- The introduction, as from 2017 in Italy, of a new distance of around 50km. Also there will be two distinct titles for Champion of the World that of 50km and of 80km alternating every two years while waiting for the results of the discussions.

- The division of the roles between the IAU and ITRA have been defined and will take effect as of the next Championships in Portugal in 2016. The IAU will be responsible for all administrative and financial questions concerning accommodation and transport. While the ITRA will be responsible for the technical organisation and communications.

"I strongly believe that our meeting in Lisbon was a true stepping stone for the sustained development of our sport. I´m sure that IAU as an International body with a deep knowledge of the « Federal World », along with us at ITRA that are closer to the Trail Running comunity, can do a great job together. For sure the next Trail World Championships in Gerês will demonstrate that” comments Jose Carlos Santos, Vice-president of the ITRA and in charge of the international relationships.

Dirk Strumane, President of the IAU, adds: “The forthcoming Trail World Championship in Gerês will be the first formal joint venture between IAU and ITRA. As international governing body for ultrarunning, we fully endorse this co-operation. Both IAU and ITRA are dealing with trail running and although we stilll have different views about a number of items, there is the common and true intention to join our forces for the benefit of the further development of this branch of the sport. We also are aware of the necessity to include the IAAF in this discussion to come to a broad-based policy in this regard".

This collaboration between the IAU and the ITRA, in parallel to the work carried out on the World championships, continues on multiple fronts. The recent drama experienced in Patagonia shows that safety remains a priority.  The ITRA is equally concentrating its efforts on the health policy for all runners and the QUARTZ programme for elite athletes, the quality of races and a more important direct representation of runners within the heart of the ITRA. The different subjects will  be the subject of specific communications in the weeks to come.

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