*  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.

QUARTZ program

Definition

QUARTZ program offers a unique and innovative health monitoring, aimed to protect runners' health and to contribute to doping-free sport.

It is aimed at all trail-running players who wish to act for runners' health and participate in the preservation of a clean sport through a community-based, transparent and financially free approach.

 

 For runners

There are two ways to participate in the QUARTZ program, by joining QUARTZ Elite or QUARTZ Regular.

QUARTZ Elite

Quart Elite offers to the runners a remotely health follow-up all year round.

Who is it for?

Initially, QUARTZ Elite was only for top ranked athletes; today all runners can join this program.

ITRA encourages the world's best athletes to join the program. Taking into account the high training loads and multiple trail and ultra-trail competitions in the year, the risk for their health is greater. That's why ITRA offers QUARTZ Elite program every year to:

  • top 10 men and top 10 women of the ITRA general ranking (based on the ITRA performance index)
  • top 3 men and top 3 women of each trail-running category (S, M, L and XL, still according to the ITRA performance index)

Runners' participation is done on a voluntary basis. We solicitate all top ranked athletes identified at the end of the year and offer them to enter the program for free the following year. For all other runners who wish to join QUARTZ Elite, a financial participation is required, this participation takes the form of a donation made to Ultra Sports Science foundation, a large part of which is used to fund the QUARTZ program in its entirety, the rest goes to medical research (consult the research topics of the foundation).

As an athlete, what should I do?

Such follow-up is done remotely through an online platform called SHOL (Sports and Health Online). It is important to create your health space before using the platform. For runners members of ITRA, this area is accessible from your personal space on your ITRA account, but also from My health space in the "Health" menu.

You must regularly fill in your health information on SHOL platform. Data are confidential and only shared with the doctors of the ITRA Health Commission and the event's medical teams if it is part of QUARTZ Event program. What you need to fill in:

  • Medical form
  • Location
  • TUEs (Therapeutic Use Exemptions)
  • Biological analyses
  • Exams
  • Doping control
  • Medications and treatments
  • Medical care
  • Dietary supplements
  • Medical certificates

Note: Each runner can, if he/she wishes to be part of a total transparency process, make public all his/her health data (apart from personal information such as phone number).

Who are the 2017 QUARTZ Elite runners? Check out the Runners page.

Who are the athletes with public health areas? Check out the list here.

Biological analyses

Several biological analyses are requested from the runners throughout the year. Once the analysis request has been received, the runner must go to the nearest laboratory to perform the analyses. It is therefore important to indicate his/her location as soon as it changes.

Results are then observed by the ITRA Health Commission. Several cases are possible:

  • Normal profile: the results of analyses are normal.
  • Profile "with pathology": the results of analyses show one or more pathologies, a "no start rule" can be pronounced if the athlete must start a race soon.
  • Atypical profile: the results of analyses are beyond the norms, complementary analyses have to be done before pronouncing a diagnosis.
  • Abnormal profile: the results of analyses are abnormal, a "no start rule" can be pronounced if the athlete must soon start a race.

A "no start rule" is pronounced by the race's Medical Commission, made up of doctors of the ITRA Health Commission and the referring doctor of the race.

QUARTZ Regular

QUARTZ Regular is the foundation of the program.

Who is it for?

It is intended for all runners who wish to act for their health and is made concrete through the competitions in which runners participate.

It is free and is also done on a voluntary basis.

As an athlete, what should I do?

The first step is to create your health space. For runners members of ITRA, this area is accessible from your personal space on your ITRA account, but also from My health space in the "Health" menu.

You must regularly fill in your health information on SHOL platform. Data are confidential and only shared with the doctors of the ITRA Health Commission and the event's medical teams if it is part of QUARTZ Event program. What you need to fill in:

  • Medical form
  • Location
  • TUEs (Therapeutic Use Exemptions)
  • Biological analyses
  • Exams
  • Doping control
  • Medications and treatments
  • Medical care
  • Dietary supplements
  • Medical certificates

As part of QUARTZ Regular you are not subject to an annual health monitoring. Nevertheless, the information provided is valuable because it allows the medical teams deployed on trail competitions part of QUARTZ Event program to facilitate your care if you are injured or ill. The location, in QUARTZ Regular, is not mandatory.

QUARTZ Regular is a form of medical record online, private and free, which can be consulted by the medical teams of an event that is part of QUARTZ Event program.

Example: You have previously declared an allergy to a medication on your health space. On the day of the race, you injured yourself and stopped a few kilometers later to an aid station. You have vertigo and collapse. Medical teams can consult your health space and see what medications to administer to you.


 For organizers and race circuit

QUARTZ Event

As a race organizer or a national or international races circuit, you can frame your actions within an ethical approach. Act for runners' health by offering them a preventive medical check-up before the race.

Who is it for?

It is intended for race organizers who wish to make runners' health a priority. In 2017, 28 events have joined QUARTZ Event.

As an organizer, what should I do?

The priority is to insert in the race regulations an article that rules the framework of the health actions carried out on the event. Runners can then take note of it as soon as they register.

Then, you can choose different levels of involvement:

  • Level 1

- Creation of a SHOL area dedicated to the race, it allows to list all the registered health profiles of the race

- Biological analyses at D-30 for the top 5 men and the top 5 women registered on the race

  • Level 2

- Creation of a SHOL area dedicated to the race

- Biological analyses at D-30 and D-1 for the top 5 men and the top 5 women registered on the race

What is the purpose of creating a SHOL area?

This area allows to gather documents and health information on the same digital platform, which also allows to collect all the medical certificates put online by the runners, through their personal health space.

But also, thanks to the information provided by the runners, it becomes easier to identify risky profiles on the sample of participants, to report them (with coloured stickers on their bib for example) and to adjust the means used to intervene more quickly and more effectively.

Why do biological analyses before the race?

To ensure that top runners are in good health 30 days before the race and to check the day before the competition that they take no risk for their health. For financial but also organizational and physiological reasons, D-30 and D-1 analyses only apply to the best men and women of the start list sent before the event by the organization. 10, 20 or more athletes can also be involved. It will be the organizer's choice.

As a runner, what should I do?

By accepting the race regulations, all participants must:

  • Create a health space if it is not already done
  • Declare their health information on the SHOL platform (allergies, pathologies, medications, TUEs...)
  • Agree to make any requested analyses
  • Accept not to start ("no start rule") if they do not respect the race regulations or if a health problem is identified

Funding

The cost of setting up QUARTZ Event on a trail race depends on many parameters, it is better to contact Ultra Sports Science foundation to evaluate the budget to be allocated. There are many funding solutions, including the sale of health bibs that can fully fund the health actions implemented on the event. Contact the foundation.

Partner brands of QUARTZ program

In 2017, five sport brands chose to support the QUARTZ program of the ITRA health policy: Columbia, Compressport, Hoka One One, Salomon and The North Face.

You are a brand and want to support the program in 2018? Contact us.