*  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.

Health policy

A “health policy” encompasses all the activities aiming to improve the prevention of medical risks for athletes as well as the protection of their health.

The health policy for runners

For race organizers, the main priority is not having fun or sports but your security and safety as a runner. By using the health space, made available for free by the International Trail-Running Association (ITRA), you will participate in the effort to better your security and make it easier for the organizers.

By completing your profile in the health space,  your bib number will be associated to your name. This may seem like the simplest of task but for the health and safety actors on ground, it is very often superbly difficult to know who is who during the race.

You are tired of this medical certificate you always forget the morning of your race… You can save it once for all in your health space.


The health space also allows you to submit the name of the individual, or individuals, that are to be warned in the event of an emergency. It is also organizers and medical teams to have access to information about you allowing  a more efficient and quick rescue; for example your blood type, medication that you can be taking or allergies that you can have…

The health space will also be a helpful tool in the respect of the anti-doping rules. Especially, you will be able to declare Therapeutic Use Exemptions. Of course, you can always heal yourself but, like any athlete, you cannot do this in any manner, be it before or after the race.

The health space is also a way to keep an history of all the treatments realised for you by the medical staff of the race but also the results of the blood tests you might do before the race managed by the organisers.

So come on, there is not a second to lose. You just need to sign up for a free account as individual and to access your personal space.

The health policy for organizers

By putting in place a health policy during your event, you will maximize the security of the runners participating and contribute to the ethics of our sport.

ITRA wishes to help race organizers to organize a health policy during their event. This will foster uniform rules and regulations between different races on the topic of health of the participants as well as the sharing of information between race organizers.

Collaborating with the race organizer, ITRA sets up the biomedical analyses (blood and/or urinary and/or capillary) before the start of the race, generally during race bib retrievals. These analyses are most often aimed at “elite” athletes, even if they can potentially concern all participants. If there is abnormal result or on the basis of the data submitted by the participant, a procedure exists which can lead to informing the runner or, eventually, the declaration by the race Jury that he/she cannot participate in the race for medical reasons.

The online platform SHOL (Sport and Health On-Line) allows the organizers, via their Medical Council, to study the data submitted by the runners and then to complete the medical profile of individuals with the onsite collections and analyses.

The other services offered to the organizers through the online SHOL platform include online management of health certificates, runner identification (associating bib number and name), access to a medical history, contact details of the person to communicate with in the event of an emergency…

Health Policy ITRA Presentation.pdf

For more information about the health policy, please contact ITRA: contact@itra.run