*  Respect for the
environment

Races take place in fragile natural environments. All players involved with trail-running races, runners, organisers, partners, accompanying persons make a commitment to protect the natural equilibrium.

Organisers of trail-running races must do all they can to reduce the negative impact linked to the running of their races. They make a commitment by sharing information and making efforts to educate in order to contribute to the general awareness of the natural environment’s fragility.
Each organiser will identify the environmental risks engendered by their event and propose concrete actions to reduce the risks to the minimum. They will encourage the use of public transport or car-sharing and limit, as much as they can, the use of other motorised equipment.
Each runner makes a commitment to adopt the most relevant behaviour to minimize his or her impact on the terrain through which he or she passes.

Together, the members of the trail-running community act as ambassadors for the promotion and conservation of natural environments.

Presentation and objectives

On September 3rd 2012, the 1st International Trail running conference was held in Courmayeur, Italy with more than 150 delegates (race organisers, manufacturers, journalists and elite athletes) who came from 18 different countries around the world.

This was the first time that so many players in the field of trail-running were were gathered. This conference allowed all the participants to see the diversity of points of view and to understand the necessity for trail-running to be organised as a discipline, in its own right, while taking into account the different approaches on the different continents: America, Asia, Africa Oceania and Europe.

Divided in 5 working groups, 50 volunteers (race organisers, athletes, federation representatives, manufacturers, journalists, coaches...), from 13 different countries on the 5 continents, worked together around a virtual round table.

Uniting their cultures and points of view to accompany this discipline in full evolution, they have worked on writing an ethical charter, proposing an international definition of trail-running, and the setting up of a policy for health matters and anti-doping. They founded a basis for a reasonable management of top-level athletes and reflected upon the creation of an international ranking system.

These conclusions laid down the foundations for the practice of trail-running, and established the basis on which to create an association wanting to bring together all the actors of trail-running worldwide, around shared values and principles.

This is how the International Trail-Running Association (ITRA) was born in July 2013, driven by the passion for trail-running and the enthusiasm of its founding members.

The International Trail-Running Association is open to all players in the field of trail-running and wishes above all to be a place for meeting, listening and exchanges.

The main objectives of the ITRA are:

  • To develop and promote trail-running as a discipline in its own right, accessible to all, rich in its diversity of cultures and venues of practice;
  • To promote its sporting ethic which relies heavily on strong values (authenticity, humility, fair-play, equity, respect and solidarity) with not only all the players in trail-running but the general public as well;
  • To contribute to the improvement of the quality of the organisation and the security of participants;
  • To promote the preventative actions concerning health matters and above all to do everything possible to fight against doping;
  • To contribute to a better practice of respect for the environment and to promote sustainable development at the heart of trail-running;
  • To allow all its members to express their feelings and to be heard at an international level;
  • To maintain constructive relationships and to collaborate with national trail-running associations and national and international federations;
  • To promote and collaborate in the organisation of championships or of continental or world trail-running circuits which will reinforce the international visibility of trail-running and produce valuable recognition to elite athletes.