# Race evaluation

ITRA is offering a service of certification of the route and evaluation of the difficulty of trail races.

This service is available as of April 17th 2014.

This service will certify the distance, the elevation gains and losses of a trail race and supply an evaluation of the race's difficulty by assessing it on a range from 0 to 6 points. ITRA will issue a certificate which will allow the organiser to prove the exact distance of their route and/or the number of ITRA points his race has been awarded.

Only trail races (1) may be certified and evaluated.

## Certifying a course

The certification of the measurement of a course (distance, ascent/descent) requires that the organiser supplies the GPS tracks (.gpx file) of their course and indicates the GPS tool used.

If the GPS track is of good quality ITRA will be able to measure the distance and certify the elevations. For any further information concerning the use of GPS units click here.

For further knowledge about how ITRA will certify your route: click here.

If the track is not reliable or wasn’t realised with a GPS (track drawn on mapping software or Google Earth for example) ITRA cannot certify the distance and the ascent/descent of the race. Evaluating the difficulty of the race can be realised but on the basis of effort points (see below) calculated with a reliability coefficient of 90% for the imprecision in the measurement of the course.

If the organiser is not able to supply the tracks of their race in the form of a .gpx file, it will not be possible to certify the route nor calculate the difficulty of the race.

## Evaluation method for the difficulty of the race

For races in a single stage,the evaluation is the sum of the distance expressed in kilometers and a hundredth of the ascent/descent expressed in meters. For example, the number of effort points of a race of 65 km and 3500 m ascent is: 65 + 3500/100 = 100.

Two other criterias are taken in to account when calculating the number of effort points for a race.

- Semi-autonomy: if the number of refreshment posts is such that a race is not run in semi-autonomy, the number of effort points will be reduced according to the following rule.
- Races in laps/loops: for races where the course consists of several identical laps, the number of effort points will be reduced according to the following rule.

According to the number of effort points retained, a race will be attributed: **(Scale used before 31/12/2018)**

- 0 ITRA point for the number of effort points below 25
- 1 ITRA point for the number of effort points between 25 and 39,
- 2 ITRA points for the number of effort points between 40 and 64,
- 3 ITRA points for the number of effort points between 65 and 89,
- 4 ITRA points for the number of effort points between 90 and 139,
- 5 ITRA points for the number of effort points between 140 and 189,
- 6 ITRA points thereafter.

For the races that will take place in **2019**, the following scale is applied **(Starting from 01/01/2019)**

- 0 ITRA point for the number of km-effort between 0 and 24 (XXS category)
- 1 ITRA point for the number of km-effort between 25 and 44 (XS category)
- 2 ITRA points for the number of km-effort between 45 and 74 (S category)
- 3 ITRA points for the number of km-effort between 75 and 114 (M category)
- 4 ITRA points for the number of km-effort between 115 and 154 (Lcategory)
- 5 ITRA points for the number of km-effort between 155 and 209 (XL category)
- 6 ITRA points from 210 km-effort (XXL category)

## Final number of ITRA points

**The ITRA points awarded for the races are only valid if the evaluated course corresponds exactly to the course followed by the runners, the day of the race.**

In case of mistake in the GPX file submitted, or in case of a last minute change in the path of the race, it is the responsibility of the organizers to propose an equivalent course in terms of distance and elevation gain ( same km-effort) in order to guarantee the same number of ITRA points awarded during the initial evaluation.

If needed, in case of errors or inconsistent data found during an evaluation, ITRA's reserves the right to re-evaluate a course and change the number of points awarded.

## Races in stages

Races run in stages are analysed separately, with as additional criteria the number of stages, the distance and the positive ascent of the longest stage.

Whatever the situation, the number of points allocated to a race is solely the decision of the ITRA’s selection committee.

## Course changes

In the event of the use of an alternative course, the premature stop of a race or of its cancellation, or in the case of known overvaluation of the distance or the positive ascent of the race, the points attributed by the ITRA are recalculated in relation to the actual characteristics, and this could be after the race has taken place.

We would be grateful if you could warn us (contact@itra.run) if you changed your course on race day. This will allow us to update the relevant edition of your race. So as to allow us to have an idea of the changes, a GPS track of the changes would be welcome; it can either be done by travelling the modifier course or on a mapping software.

## Conditions and fee

This service is:

- Free for organisers who are members of the ITRA
- Billed at 100 euros (tax incl.) / race for all other organisers