*  Authenticity

Authenticity is the first trail-running value. At its origins, trail-running was born from the runners’ motivation to practise their sport in contact with natural surroundings, so as to experience the beauty of the landscape and to learn to evolve without artifice in an environment that is demanding for both body and spirit. Trail-running is an authentic sport, because it creates a confrontation between the participant and the unspoilt natural environment as a source of inspiration, surpassing oneself, but also one of harmony.

As a social activity, trail running promotes human relationships based on simplicity, conviviality, sharing and respect for differences. The trail-running community gives these authentic values as much importance as those of performance and competition.

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!