*  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.

Quality

Before you step foot on the steep paths of a trail race, check the Quality Index awarded by runners themselves! Because quality often equates with experience, ITRA provides runners with a scoring system to quickly identify the overall quality of the race experience.

 

Why evaluate the quality of a race?

Several Hundreds if not thousands of new trail races are created each and every year, and the discipline is gaining new followers around the world. Rough terrain, races that require significant self-reliance, highly changeable weather ... each race is an adventure with a variety of factors at play! Knowing the quality of a trail race before participating can be a valuable tool for preparing for race day. The ITRA Quality Committee is pleased to provide runners and organizers with its 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's experience


 

After each trail race, runners can rate the general level of organization of the race in which they have participated.
ITRA invites all runners 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 on a 1 to 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 completed 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 questions about the race atmosphere. This makes it possible to prioritize the prevention and safety measures implemented by the organizer.


By consulting the Quality Index prior to your next race, you’ll start the race as a better-informed runner!