*  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.

Health policy

Definition

The term “health policy” refers to all actions implemented by ITRA to protect runners’ health and to contribute to doping-free sport.

ITRA health policy is part of its general mission of developing and promoting trail-running. It aims to improve the quality of organizations and the safety of participants, but also to promote a discipline that respects the spirit and values of sport as formalized in the ITRA ethics charter.

ITRA health policy is based on a belief: runners' health is everyone’s business – runners and their entourage, race organizers and sports brands.

ITRA health policy is divided into 4 main strategic principles:

  • Education
  • Safety
  • Research
  • QUARTZ program

Organization

ITRA initiates and coordinates the health policy operated by two other non-profit organizations:

  • The association Athletes For Transparency (AFT) that provides a technical expertise and implements QUARTZ program
  • The endowment fund Ultra Sports Science (USS) that finances and implements research, and spread scientific knowledge.

Our priorities

ITRA health policy is defined through four priorities.

     Education

ITRA conducts and coordinates prevention and awareness actions directly with runners or in partnership with race organizers. These actions aim to improve runners’ safety, to prevent injuries and pathologies inherent to the practice of trail-running, as well as the health risks caused by the use of self-medication or doping practices. These actions include the diffusion of knowledge from applied medical research to the practice of trail-running.

     Safety

In order to improve organizations’ quality and participants’ safety, ITRA implements support actions for the race organizers. The latter have the obligation to set up mechanisms to ensure safety and security of all stakeholders.

To this end, ITRA has defined and formalized guidelines outlining all accident prevention actions, organizational principles including transport and information systems as well as for the rescue part, the description of human means and necessary material to assist people in distress (See the ITRA's security guidelines).

     Research

As part of its health policy, ITRA promotes the diffusion of scientific and medical knowledge related to the practice of endurance sports and in particular trail-running. In this context, ITRA is working in partnership with the Ultra Sports Science foundation whose mission is the enhancement and broadcast of scientific and medical knowledge related to ultra-endurance sports to improve the practitioners’ health and safety.

     QUARTZ program

QUARTZ is a program designed to protect runners’ health and to contribute to doping-free sport. A unique program for monitoring athletes’ health all year round, it can detect both possible pathologies or abnormal profiles in relation to doping.

QUARTZ program is based on the athlete volunteering and is for all (both elite and regular runners) and for event organizers. It consists of 3 modules:

  • QUARTZ Elite
  • QUARTZ Regular
  • QUARTZ Event

QUARTZ program is technically implemented by the association Athletes For Transparency whose expertise is recognized in the field of health and anti-doping. AFT collaborates in an international framework with all the institutional players in the anti-doping fight.

What is QUARTZ program? Consult our page dedicated to QUARTZ program.

Visit the website: https://www.QUARTZprogram.org