*  Humility

In practising trail-running, an activity in open country, humility is a behaviour that is adapted as much to the natural environment as to oneself.

In natural surroundings, it relies upon taking into consideration the existing natural hazards, whatever the relevance and the quality of the measures taken by the organisation of a race to ensure the safety of its participants. Humility, in the face of nature, supposes the capacity to show caution and can go as far as renouncing the race or the envisaged project. For that which concerns each individual, humility is based on the consciousness and the knowledge of one’s limits so as not to question one’s physical or mental integrity.

As a type of behaviour, humility is an inseparable attitude of listening and learning for better understanding of the principles which govern natural environments or the fundamentals of practising an intensive sport in natural environments.

Quality

Before you start on the steep paths of a race in which you want to participate, check the Quality Index awarded by the runners! Because quality often rhymes with experience, ITRA provides runners with a scoring system to quickly identify the level of organization of the races.

 

 

Why evaluate the quality of a race?


Several trail races are created every year, and the discipline is making new followers around the world. Rough course, race in autonomy or semi-autonomy, changing weather ... each race is an adventure with variable geometry! Knowing the quality of organization of a trail before participating is an essential parameter to prepare well for the events you want to participate. Therefore, the ITRA Quality Committee provides runners and organizers with a Quality of Races Index. This index considers the general level of organization of the race before, during and after the event.


A Race Quality Index based on the runner experience


After each trail, the runners can note the general level of organization of the race in which they participated.
ITRA invites them to answer a quick, simple and anonymous quality questionnaire:

  • 15 questions to evaluate the quality of the race organization
  • 1 final Quality Index, published on the ITRA website
  • More detailed access for ITRA member organizers

 

Average rating out of a 5 scale


The Quality of Races Index is an average score out of 5, calculated for each race on the ITRA calendar. This average is obtained thanks to the responses of the runners who participated in the race and filled in the quality questionnaire.

 

  • 5 stars Organization of excellent quality
  • 4 stars Organization of very good quality, which can be further improved
  • 3 stars Organization of good quality, some points need improvement
  • 2 stars Organization of average quality, essential points are to be reviewed
  • 1 star Organization of poor quality, which may endanger the participants.


Each of the 15 points covered in the quality questionnaire is weighted by a more or less important coefficient. For example, questions about participant safety have a higher coefficient than event animation questions. This makes it possible to prioritize the prevention and safety measures implemented by the organizer.


By consulting the Quality Index of your next race, you make sure to make the start knowingly!