*  Humility

In practising trail-running, an activity in open country, humility is a behaviour that is adapted as much to the natural environment as to oneself.

In natural surroundings, it relies upon taking into consideration the existing natural hazards, whatever the relevance and the quality of the measures taken by the organisation of a race to ensure the safety of its participants. Humility, in the face of nature, supposes the capacity to show caution and can go as far as renouncing the race or the envisaged project. For that which concerns each individual, humility is based on the consciousness and the knowledge of one’s limits so as not to question one’s physical or mental integrity.

As a type of behaviour, humility is an inseparable attitude of listening and learning for better understanding of the principles which govern natural environments or the fundamentals of practising an intensive sport in natural environments.

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.

News

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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

28/08 Statement on Fernanda Maciel DNS for UTMB

As volunteer athletes for the QUARTZ program (a new health monitoring program for a 6 months test period) analysis results identified a health problem :

"The ITRA medical commission is pleased with the decision taken by Fernanda Maciel not to start UTMB this year. It would not have been prudent with a renal function not fully restored following her deshydration on a US race in July and her use to medical assistance."

23/08 2016 TWC - Swedish delegation is announced

Sweden delegation has been confirm for the next Trail World Championships in Portugal. All the best runners male and female will be present for this summit. The well known Emelie Forsberg, the recent performing Ida Nilsson (Winner for Transvulcania and Marathon du Mont-Blanc in 2016) and the ultra runner and world champion of 100K on road Jonas Buud (winner of the 2016 Tarawera). Mimmi Kotka will also be there along with Fritjof Fagerlund. More info here

08/06 Creation of the Uruguayan Trail Running Association

The Uruguayan Trail Running Association was born in June 4, 2016 with Daniel Perez Garrido, our national representative of runners !

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Opening of registration

2018 Joyment New Year Trail 2018

  • Registration
  • 18/07 ▸ 30/09
  • Location
  • Guangdong, China
  • Date of event
  • 01/01/2018
  • Distance
  • 30.2km ▸ 52.2km
  • Height gain/loss
  • 1820m+ ▸ 3200m+
  • Endurance points
  • 23
  • Mountain
  • 7
  • Finisher criteria
  • 230280

Fuzhou-Trail Mt. Qingyun 2017

  • Registration
  • 18/07 ▸ 01/11
  • Location
  • Fujian, China
  • Date of event
  • 03/12/2017
  • Distance
  • 41.7km
  • Height gain/loss
  • 2540m+
  • Endurance points
  • 3
  • Mountain
  • 7

Centurion Thames Path 100 2018

  • Registration
  • 15/07 ▸ 07/04
  • Location
  • United Kingdom
  • Date of event
  • 05/05/2018
  • Distance
  • 160.8km
  • Height gain/loss
  • 240m+
  • Endurance points
  • 5
  • Finisher criteria
  • 300

The North Face 100 Ultra Trail Challenge Changbaishan 2017

  • Registration
  • 14/07 ▸ 24/08
  • Location
  • Jilin, China
  • Date of event
  • 09/09/2017
  • Distance
  • 20.4km ▸ 88.4km
  • Height gain/loss
  • 1140m+ ▸ 1970m+
  • Endurance points
  • 14
  • Mountain
  • 37
  • Finisher criteria
  • 70300

Lost Trail 2017

  • Registration
  • 13/07 ▸ 13/08
  • Location
  • Pieria, Greece
  • Date of event
  • 16/09/2017
  • Distance
  • 57.6km
  • Height gain/loss
  • 3900m+
  • Endurance points
  • 4
  • Mountain
  • 9
  • Finisher criteria
  • 360

Le Trail Du Beaujolais Vert 2017

  • Registration
  • 10/07 ▸ 08/10
  • Location
  • 69 - Rhône, France
  • Date of event
  • 14/10/2017
  • Distance
  • 36km ▸ 56.3km
  • Height gain/loss
  • 1550m+ ▸ 2500m+

Les Défis Du Jubilé 2017

  • Registration
  • 10/07 ▸ 14/10
  • Location
  • Valais, Switzerland
  • Date of event
  • 14/10/2017
  • Distance
  • 62km
  • Height gain/loss
  • 3590m+
  • Endurance points
  • 4
  • Mountain
  • 7
  • Finisher criteria
  • 440

Senba Coastal Cliff Trail Running Race 2018

  • Registration
  • 10/07 ▸ 12/12
  • Location
  • Tokushima, Japan
  • Date of event
  • 14/01/2018
  • Distance
  • 37.2km
  • Height gain/loss
  • 2140m+
  • Endurance points
  • 2
  • Mountain
  • 6

Kodaikanal Hills Ultra 2018

  • Registration
  • 08/07 ▸ 31/12
  • Location
  • Tamil Nadu, India
  • Date of event
  • 27/01/2018
  • Distance
  • 81.7km ▸ 124km
  • Height gain/loss
  • 2220m+ ▸ 3310m+
  • Endurance points
  • 45
  • Mountain
  • 3
  • Finisher criteria
  • 330370

Maratón Alpino Jarapalos 2017

  • Registration
  • 08/07 ▸ 02/11
  • Location
  • Andalucia, Spain
  • Date of event
  • 11/11/2017
  • Distance
  • 17.5km ▸ 43.5km
  • Height gain/loss
  • 850m+ ▸ 2390m+
  • Endurance points
  • 13
  • Mountain
  • 56
  • Finisher criteria
  • 320400

Last results

16/07/2017   19.70km / 1070m+
Ultra Tour De La Motte-Chalancon 2017 - Trail Des Ruelles

Rk Name Time
1Mchael GAUD01:46:48
2Francis BOYER01:48:17
3Guilhem MARTIN BRAUD01:53:23
1Alexia COUDRAY02:05:21
2Helene BOCQUET02:21:03
3Laurence STEFFEN02:34:35

16/07/2017   48.30km / 1260m+
Xtrails Houffalize Summer 2017 - 50 Km

Rk Name Time
1Stijn VAN LOKEREN04:01:07
2Jakub HODBOD04:17:11
3Bertrand FRANCOIS04:21:51
1Lieselotte BECK04:58:46
2Josephine ANSELIN05:00:58
3Aline COULON05:44:12

16/07/2017   26.70km / 860m+
Xtrails Houffalize Summer 2017 - 28 Km

Rk Name Time
1Seppe ODEYN01:58:00
2Jerome VANDERSCHOEGHE02:04:39
3Louis KELECOM02:09:16
1Juliet CHAMPION02:21:18
2Heather BRAY02:29:57
3Asa ERIKSSON02:32:59

15/07/2017   50.70km / 3090m+
Eiger Ultra-Trail® 2017 - E51

Rk Name Time
1Stephan WENK05:08:26
2Diego PAZOS05:15:07
3Helmut SCHIESSL05:25:21
1Maren TRITSCHLER06:17:10
2Franziska ETTER06:18:47
3Kate WOOD06:53:19

15/07/2017   16.60km / 810m+
Eiger Ultra-Trail® 2017 - E16

Rk Name Time
1Philipp FEUZ01:15:01
2Geri SCHNEIDER01:19:29
3Baptiste DUBOIS01:20:19
1Meredith BYRNE01:31:30
2Catriona MACDONALD01:33:09
3Victoria BARTHELMESS01:36:41

15/07/2017   84.20km / 4050m+
Ultra Tour De La Motte-Chalancon 2017 - Grand Tour Des Crêtes

Rk Name Time
1Jerome LASSALE09:20:07
2Nicolas MORDELET10:01:36
3Pablo VALADE10:10:21
1Christine GROSJEAN12:36:50
2Cecile LIOTARD12:58:39
3Palmira DE CAMPOS GERIA17:03:46

15/07/2017   45.20km / 3980m+
Trail 5 Colli 2017

Rk Name Time
1Fabrizio RIDOLFI06:37:46
2Nadir GIOVANETTO06:55:43
3Nevio RONCO06:55:43
1Lisa BORZANI09:11:24
2Enrica BOSONIN10:23:09
3Sabrina PRADUROUX10:29:24

15/07/2017   98.10km / 7030m+
Eiger Ultra-Trail® 2017 - E101

Rk Name Time
1Stephan HUGENSCHMIDT11:01:10
2Urs JENZER11:15:42
3Jordi GAMITO11:31:24
1Andrea HUSER13:46:29
2Martina TRIMMEL14:44:51
3Helene OGI14:49:43

15/07/2017   36.70km / 2730m+
Eiger Ultra-Trail® 2017 - E35

Rk Name Time
1Nico DALCOLMO03:43:16
2Stian DAHL SOMMERSETH03:47:43
3Ramon MANETSCH03:51:16
1Rosmarie ZAUGG04:31:48
2Cathrine LAGERBERG04:33:55
3Francesca SCRIBANI04:34:54

09/07/2017   20.00km / 1340m+
Matterhorn Cervino Xtrail 2017 - 20 Km

Rk Name Time
1Tadei PIVK01:52:54
2Stefano STRADELLI01:58:10
3Davide CAVALLETTI02:03:04
1Sara WILLHOIT02:20:35
2Anna BARTLETT02:20:58
3Anna DE BIASE02:31:39
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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Anne Gery - Mob : +33 (0)6 12 03 68 95 - Email : annegery@infocimes.com