*  Solidarity

Solidarity is a value that is practised and shared by the inhabitants at the heart of natural regions, which can become hostile, and consequently they need to help each other to progress better together or simply to survive. In the name of the principle of solidarity, each player in the field of trail-running is asked to prioritise going to the aid of anybody in danger or difficulty wherever they are and in whatever circumstance.

In a more global manner, the participants and players in the trail-running field often show solidarity by making a commitment in favour of environmental, social or societal causes or by helping the underprivileged. Trail-running race organisers implement this principle of responsibility by directly supporting charitable actions and sustainable development; numerous participants “run for a cause” to support the projects of their choice.

Security

 

As a demanding sport in the middle of nature, on often rugged terrain, trail running requires a flawless organization, where all safety and rescue measures are perfectly framed. That is why ITRA has developed a guide of recommendations to guide 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, the 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 aiders, 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.


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