*  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.

Goals

Born in July 2013, the ITRA (International Trail Running Association) aims to give a voice to parties involved in trail running in order to promote its strong values, its diversity, the safety of races and the health of runners, as well as to further the development of trail running and ensure a constructive dialogue between the national and international bodies with an interest in the sport.

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.