*  Solidarity

Solidarity is a value that is practised and shared by the inhabitants at the heart of natural regions, which can become hostile, and consequently they need to help each other to progress better together or simply to survive. In the name of the principle of solidarity, each player in the field of trail-running is asked to prioritise going to the aid of anybody in danger or difficulty wherever they are and in whatever circumstance.

In a more global manner, the participants and players in the trail-running field often show solidarity by making a commitment in favour of environmental, social or societal causes or by helping the underprivileged. Trail-running race organisers implement this principle of responsibility by directly supporting charitable actions and sustainable development; numerous participants “run for a cause” to support the projects of their choice.

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.