*  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.

Semi-autonomy

The average interval (AI) between 2 refreshment posts is calculated as follows:

  • Dist = distance expressed in km
  • Height gain/loss =a hundredth of the ascent expressed in metres
  • N° Refr. posts = number of refreshment posts on the route (excluding start and finish)
  • AI = [Dist + (Height/100)] / N° Refr. P

Example for a race of 65km with 3500m of ascent and 6 refreshment posts: AI = (65+ (3500/100)) / 6 = 16.7

When the average interval AI is inferior to 13, the number of effort points diminishes according to the following chart:

  • Calculated AI is inferior to 13 and superior or equal to 11 : -10
  • Calculated AI is inferior to 11 and superior or equal to 9 : -15
  • Calculated AI is inferior to 9 and superior or equal to 7 : -20
  • Calculated AI is inferior to 7 and superior or equal to 5 : -25
  • Calculated AI is inferior to 5 : -30

Example for a race of 65km with 3500m of ascent and 10 refreshment posts:

AI = (65+ (3500/100)) / 10 = 10 → penalty: -15 → number of effort points retained: 100 – 15 = 85