*  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.

Values

ITRA values are based on the fundamental values of trail running. These values, shared by ITRA and all those involved in trail running, where authenticity and fair play hold a central place, are all benchmarks that express our vision of trail running and guide our actions daily.

The 1st Assises Internationales du Trail laid the foundations of a demanding and respectful sports discipline. They led to the drafting of the Trail running Ethics Charter a manifesto with strong human values:


Authenticity

Authenticity is the first value of trail running. This sport favors the harmony between nature and man, without artifice. It promotes sports relationships based on simplicity, conviviality, sharing and respect for differences. The trail running community values authenticity as important as physical performance.


Humility

In trail running, humility in the face of nature is a fundamental.
Listening and learning provide a better understanding of the principles that govern natural environments and the fundamentals of intensive sport in the wild. With respect to oneself, humility rests on the conscience and the knowledge of its limits so as not to question its physical or mental integrity


Fair play

Fair play refers to the fair acceptance of the rules and the spirit that led to their definition. It implies for the participants to embody the human values of trail running: the mutual aid towards the other runners and the respect of all the actors present on the races.


Equity

It is the search for a fair balance, based on impartiality and equal opportunities for all runners. All athletes have the same rights and the same duties: it is the responsibility of the organizers to guarantee this principle of fairness and to offer the best possible race conditions to all participants.


Respect

The principle of respect applies to others, to oneself and to the environment. Respecting others means adopting a sense of being that respects the other trailers, the local population, its culture and its customs or traditions.
To respect oneself is to take care not to alter one's health, to refuse any doping product and to be attentive to the dangers of excessive self-medication. Respecting the environment means preserving the fragile natural environments in which we live while minimizing our environmental impact.
 

Teamwork

In the natural environment, solidarity is a necessity to survive. It involves helping one another to progress better together.
Thus, each actor of a trail race is required to come primarily to help anyone in danger or difficulty. Beyond this, many athletes are committed to environmental, social or societal solidarity, and run to promote it, thus expressing their responsibility towards humanity and the land that welcomes them

Consult the Trail running Ethics Charter.