*  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.

Safety

 

As a demanding sport amid wilderness, and on often rugged terrain, trail running requires impeccable organization, where all safety and rescue measures are well considered and managed. That is why ITRA has developed a guide of recommendations to assist race organizers.
 

A commitment to all stakeholders 

The organizer has the obligation to set up safety and rescue systems adapted to trail running competitions. These measures must make it possible to ensure the safety not only of the runners but also of all those involved in the race: members of the organization, employees and volunteers, service providers, employees of local authorities, accompanying persons, and the general public.
These safety precautions require:
  • a solid upstream organization 
  • the deployment of modes of transport and information transmission during the race 
  • the implementation of preventive actions
  • the organization of medical and first aid teams and their means of intervention.


The Safety, Health and Rescue Guide

The ITRA Security Commission provides organizers with a practical guide to Safety, Health and Rescue recommendations to guide them in the implementation of their security measures. This Guide to safety, health and rescue was developed in consultation with doctors, first aid personnel, professional rescue organizations and race organizers. Perfectly adapted to the requirements of trail running, it is the result of their experience in the field.
It describes all the organizational principles, actions and human and material resources:
  • accident prevention 
  • assistance to people in distress
  • field communications and improved information transmission
  • organization of logistical and emergency transport.


Download the ITRA Safety Guide: