*  Respect for
others

To respect others, is to understand and accept their differences and it is to act in such a way as to not bother or hamper them. It is equally understanding that the race takes place in surroundings which have their own culture and traditions; it is consequently adopting the necessary "knowledge and understanding" in order to respect the local population, its culture and its customs.

Each runner also agrees to respect all people encountered during the course of the trail, who are also benefiting from the open country at the same time (other trail-runners, hikers, etc.).
Each runner agrees to know and respect the regulations of the race in which they have chosen to participate.

QUARTZ program

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Definition

The QUARTZ program is a unique and innovative health monitoring service, which contributes to a doping-free sport while protecting runners' health.

The QUARTZ Program is designed for the entire trail-running community. Its goal is to support the health of all runners and to advance clean sport through a community-based, transparent and non-profit approach.

 

 For runners

There are two ways to participate in the QUARTZ program: QUARTZ Elite or QUARTZ Regular.

QUARTZ Elite

Quart Elite offers runners a remote health follow-up, all year-round.

Who is it for?

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

ITRA encourages the world's best athletes to join QUARTZ Elite. Taking into account the high training loads and multiple trail and ultra-trail competitions throughout the year, the risk to their health is greater. That's why ITRA offers QUARTZ Elite program for free 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 (XS, S, M, L and XL, XXL still according to the ITRA performance index)

A runners' participation is purely voluntary. We reach out to all top ranked athletes identified at the end of the year and offer them a opportunity to participate in QUARTZ Elite for free the following year. For all other runners who wish to join QUARTZ Elite, an annual fee is required payable to the non-profit Ultra Sports Science foundation, a large part of which is used to fund the QUARTZ program. The remain funds support medical research (consult the research topics of the foundation).

How does the QUARTZ Program work?

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

You must fill in your health information regularly on the SHOL platform. Data is treated confidentially. The only groups with whom data is ever shared are the doctors of the ITRA Health Commission and the event's medical teams if it is certifed QUARTZ Event. What you need to complete:

  • 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 or she wishes, make public all of his or her health data for complete and total transparency. Personal information such as phone number will not be shared.

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 analysis. It is important to notify us in the event you change your address.

Results are then reviewed by the ITRA Health Commission. Several results are possible:

  • Normal profile: the results of the analysis are normal.
  • Profile "with pathology": the results of the analysis show one or more pathologies, a "no start rule" can be announced if the athlete has a race in the near future.
  • Atypical profile: the results of the analysis are beyond the norms, on additional analysis will be done before announcing a diagnosis.
  • Abnormal profile: the results of analysis are abnormal, a "no start rule" can be announced if the athlete has a race in the near future.

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

QUARTZ Regular

QUARTZ Regular is the foundation of the program.

Who is it for?

QUARTZ Regular is intended for all runners who wish to act on behalf of their own health. It is realized through the competitions in which each runner participates.

It is free and completly voluntary.

As an athlete, what should I do?

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

You must keep your health information on the SHOL platform up to date. Data are totally 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 complete:

  • 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 annual health monitoring. Nevertheless, the information provided is valuable because it allows the medical teams working during trail races that are part of QUARTZ Event program to facilitate your care if you are injured or ill. In QUARTZ Regular, your address is not mandatory.

QUARTZ Regular is an online medical record, confidential 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 associations

QUARTZ Event

As a race organizer or a national or international race association, QUARTZ Event gives you a framework for making ethical decisions. You can 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 first step is to insert the appropriate QUARTZ health language in to your race's regulations. Runners can then take note of it as soon as they register.

Next, you can choose different levels of involvement:

  • Level 1

- Creation of race's confidential SHOL area, where the race organization and medical team can access registered health profiles.

- Biological analyses at 30 days prior to, and 1 day prior to the race 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 30 days prior to and 1 day prior to race day, for the top 5 men and the top 5 women registered on the race

What is the purpose of creating a SHOL area?

SHOL provides a platform for gathering health information and documents about individual runners. It also provides a clearing house for the medical certificates of individual participating runners. 

Thanks to the information provided by the runners, it becomes possible to identify risky medical profiles 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 have biological analyses before the race?

To ensure that top runners are in good health 30 days prior to the race and to check the day before the competition that they remain healthy. For financial but also organizational and physiological reasons, the analyses 30 days prior to and 1 day prior to the race, only apply to the top-ranked men and women of the start list sent before the event by the organization. The organization can choose how many analyses will be done. 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
  • Agree 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. We recommend contacting the Ultra Sports Science foundation to determine a cost. There are many funding solutions, including the sale of health bibs that can support these health initiatives.. Contact the foundation for more information.

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.

Do you work for a brand that is interested in supportin the program in 2018? Contact us.