*  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.

Mission Statement   ▾

Born in July 2013, the ITRA (International Trail Running Association) aims to give a voice to parties involved in trail running in order to promote its strong values, its diversity, the safety of races and the health of runners, as well as to further the development of trail running and ensure a constructive dialogue between the national and international bodies with an interest in the sport.


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01/09 2016 Trail World Championships - Trans Peneda Trails

Already 40 delegations and 302 runners confirmed for Trans Peneda-Gerês 2016 Trail World Championships in Portugal ! Find more here

31/08 2018 Trail World Championships - PenyagolosaTrails

The 2018 Trail World Championships will be host in Spain on the Penyagolosa event.

More information : here on Marca (ES)

29/08 Highlights on UTMB

Beautiful images sometimes speak louder than text, so here is a short video of the highlights of this UTMB in 2016, held late August: https://youtu.be/oJpggFwx9Ic

28/08 Statement on Fernanda Maciel DNS for UTMB

As volunteer athletes for the QUARTZ program (a new health monitoring program for a 6 months test period) analysis results identified a health problem :

"The ITRA medical commission is pleased with the decision taken by Fernanda Maciel not to start UTMB this year. It would not have been prudent with a renal function not fully restored following her deshydration on a US race in July and her use to medical assistance."

23/08 2016 TWC - Swedish delegation is announced

Sweden delegation has been confirm for the next Trail World Championships in Portugal. All the best runners male and female will be present for this summit. The well known Emelie Forsberg, the recent performing Ida Nilsson (Winner for Transvulcania and Marathon du Mont-Blanc in 2016) and the ultra runner and world champion of 100K on road Jonas Buud (winner of the 2016 Tarawera). Mimmi Kotka will also be there along with Fritjof Fagerlund. More info here

08/06 Creation of the Uruguayan Trail Running Association

The Uruguayan Trail Running Association was born in June 4, 2016 with Daniel Perez Garrido, our national representative of runners !

01/06 ITRA Internship - Coordinator

The ITRA is looking for a coordinator to support its development.

Available from September 2016 for a period of 6 months or more if alternation with studies.

View the offer : here

12/12 Nathalie Mauclair joins RAIDLIGHT

The french brand leaded by its founder Benoit Laval recruits the 2 times world champion Nathalie Mauclair within its new team RAIDLIGHT. Other top athletes are coming soon. Stay tune...

12/12 Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc® become UTMB® and change its visual identity 

New name, new logo, UTMB® is having a relooking just few days before the opening of registration. Columbia strengthen its commitment by becoming "presenting" partner.

More info : http://www.ultratrailmb.com

04/12 Skyrunning World Series

Here is the new 2016 calendar for Skyrunning World Series: Skyrunning.com

Vk, Sky, Ultra and the introduction of a new category: Sky Extreme (3 super-technical races)

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Opening of registration

Torrencial Valdivia Trail 2017

  • Registration
  • 23/01 ▸ 29/04
  • Location
  • Los Rios, Chile
  • Date of event
  • 25/06/2017
  • Distance
  • 45km ▸ 62.4km
  • Height gain/loss
  • 2340m+ ▸ 2640m+

Ultra-Trail® Of Mt. Guguan 2017

  • Registration
  • 23/01 ▸ 24/02
  • Location
  • T'ai-pei, Taiwan
  • Date of event
  • 06/05/2017
  • Distance
  • 17.2km ▸ 103.2km
  • Height gain/loss
  • 940m+ ▸ 9600m+
  • Endurance points
  • 16
  • Mountain
  • 616
  • Finisher criteria
  • 210370

Ultra-Trail® Małopolska 2017

  • Registration
  • 22/01 ▸ 12/05
  • Location
  • Malopolskie, Poland
  • Date of event
  • 19/05/2017
  • Distance
  • 48km ▸ 173.8km
  • Height gain/loss
  • 2500m+ ▸ 8450m+
  • Endurance points
  • 6
  • Mountain
  • 6
  • Finisher criteria
  • 390

Ultra Trail Mountain Qinghai 2017

  • Registration
  • 20/01 ▸ 20/05
  • Location
  • Qinghai, China
  • Date of event
  • 29/07/2017
  • Distance
  • 181.2km
  • Height gain/loss
  • 4040m+
  • Endurance points
  • 6
  • Mountain
  • 3
  • Finisher criteria
  • 230

Trans-New Taipei Trail Running 2017

  • Registration
  • 19/01 ▸ 26/01
  • Location
  • T'ai-pei, Taiwan
  • Date of event
  • 28/02/2017
  • Distance
  • 43km
  • Height gain/loss
  • 2350m+

Gran Trail Transgoworld Aneto-Posets 2017

  • Registration
  • 18/01 ▸ 30/06
  • Location
  • Aragon, Spain
  • Date of event
  • 22/07/2017
  • Distance
  • 12.5km ▸ 106.3km
  • Height gain/loss
  • 470m+ ▸ 6680m+
  • Endurance points
  • 05
  • Mountain
  • 49
  • Finisher criteria
  • 140330

The North Face 100 Beijing Ultra Trail Challenge 2017

  • Registration
  • 18/01 ▸ 31/03
  • Location
  • Beijing, China
  • Date of event
  • 15/04/2017
  • Distance
  • 49km ▸ 96km
  • Height gain/loss
  • 3000m+ ▸ 5500m+

Coastal Trail Series - Dorset 2017

  • Registration
  • 18/01 ▸ 02/12
  • Location
  • England, United Kingdom
  • Date of event
  • 02/12/2017
  • Distance
  • 53.6km ▸ 73.6km
  • Height gain/loss
  • 1800m+ ▸ 2970m+

100 Miles Sud De France 2017

  • Registration
  • 18/01 ▸ 29/09
  • Location
  • 66 - Pyrénées-Orientales, France
  • Date of event
  • 06/10/2017
  • Distance
  • 74.2km ▸ 164.4km
  • Height gain/loss
  • 3460m+ ▸ 7960m+
  • Endurance points
  • 46
  • Mountain
  • 67

Ultra Serra Di Celano 2017

  • Registration
  • 17/01 ▸ 09/06
  • Location
  • Abruzzi, Italy
  • Date of event
  • 11/06/2017
  • Distance
  • 69.1km
  • Height gain/loss
  • 4290m+
  • Endurance points
  • 4
  • Mountain
  • 8
  • Finisher criteria
  • 370

Last results

15/01/2017   30.00km / 1650m+
3º Trsa - Trail Run Socorro E Archeira 2017 - Trail Longo 29K

Rk Name Time
1Luis SANTOS03:13:08
2Vitor SANTOS03:17:38
3Hugo RAIMUNDO03:18:12
1Paula PENEDO04:08:04
2Patricia MADEIRA04:32:56
3Isabel FRANCA04:42:19

15/01/2017   18.80km / 840m+
3º Trsa - Trail Run Socorro E Archeira 2017 - Trail Curto 19K

Rk Name Time
1Carlos PACHECO02:00:06
2Marcio MONTEIRO02:06:00
3Miguel DELGADO02:07:04
1Margarida MADEIRA02:43:09
2Mafalda MONIZ02:49:42
3Hugo COSTA02:51:38

14/01/2017   91.30km / 4390m+
Vibram Hong Kong 100 2017

Rk Name Time
1YanQiao YUN09:35:11
2Daniel JUNG10:01:35
3Sage CANADAY10:03:50
1Nuria PICAS ALBETS11:18:57
2Linming CHEN11:53:47
3Marie MCNAUGHTON12:26:19

14/01/2017   69.10km / 770m+
Country To Capital 2017

Rk Name Time
1Wyclef FORBES04:55:13
2Andrew FARGUS05:14:17
3Norbert MIHALIK05:22:22
1Zoe SALT06:10:12
3Anna TROUP06:39:06

08/01/2017   50.00km / 2680m+
Donghai Grand Canyon Trail Running Race 2017 - Donghai Grand Canyon

Rk Name Time
1Ye Er Sen SHIWOHEN05:39:06
2Wen Xiao QIU05:41:57
3Zhi Yun LIU05:43:30
1Ruo Jun HE08:17:07
2Danyu SUN09:27:04
3Hualan XIE10:05:08

07/01/2017   51.70km / 2990m+
Winter Trail Monte Prealba 2017

Rk Name Time
1Giulio ORNATI06:01:37
2Jimmy PELLEGRINI06:14:45
3Stefano RUZZA06:15:26
1Silvia SERAFINI07:14:47
2Marta PORETTI07:54:10
3Moira GUERINI08:05:59

07/01/2017   63.90km / 3530m+
Knaptrail 2017 - Forhajerska 64 Km

Rk Name Time
1Anton VENCELJ06:40:44
2Ivan HRASTOVEC06:41:00
3Nino FIJAČKO07:22:49
1Anja GOLOB10:23:58
2Katja DROBEZ10:33:59
3Mateja FLORJAN11:23:34

06/01/2017   20.50km / 380m+
S1 Trail La Corsa Della Bora 2017 - S1 Half

Rk Name Time
1Manfred STEGER01:43:04
2Enrico PAUSIN01:47:52
3Davide DELLADDIO01:51:35
1Alionka KORNIJENKO02:06:00
2Michela MINIUSSI02:09:31
3Giulia TITTON02:11:53

06/01/2017   57.10km / 2526m+
S1 Trail La Corsa Della Bora 2017 - S1 Trail

Rk Name Time
1Luca CARRARA05:12:16
2Christian MODENA05:18:16
3Christian PIZZATTI05:41:07
1Annemarie GROSS06:45:51
3Elisabetta MAZZOCCO07:02:40

05/01/2017   167.30km / 5350m+
S1 Trail La Corsa Della Bora 2017 - S1 Ipertrail

Rk Name Time
1Alexander RABENSTEINER25:55:53
2Peter KIENZL25:55:53
3Luca GASPERINI32:45:34
1Cristiana FOLLADOR35:58:52
2Monica STRAND38:47:27
20/05/2016 15:23

Press release

The ITRA, the International Trail Running Association, has aimed , since its creation in  2013, to give a voice to all the players involved in trail-running not only in order to promote the values of the discipline, maintain its diversity, contribute to its development, and facilitate dialogue between national and international institutions, but also to improve the safety of the races and the good health of runners.

Trail World Championships - TWC

The next World Trail-running Championships (Trail World Championships -TWC) will take place in Gerês (Portugal), on October 29th 2016, and will be organised under the auspices of two international organisations : the IAU (International Association of Ultra-runners) and the ITRA.

In 2015, during the World Championship which took place in Annecy, the IAU clearly made a reminder of the decision to organise the World Championships each year. Last November, the ITRA's Steering Committee decided to support the IAU in organising the 2016 World Championships in Gerês (Portugal) while engaging in an international debate with all players of the discipline in order to find the best way of organising future World Trail-running Championships.

Indeed, numerous questions always arise, whether in terms of the frequency of the event, the coordination with the international trail-running calendar, the format of the event, the selection of athletes...

For all these, the ITRA has sent a questionnaire to the entire community (organisers, runners, elite runners and members of federations and trail-running associations, brands and specialised media). Around 900 answers have helped to define all the requirements, numerous but also contradictory.

The announcement by the IAU in January 2016 of the Italian, (Badia Prataglia) for 2017, and the Spanish, (Penyagolosa) for 2018, candidatures were announced before the results of the survey were known.

The ITRA's propositions

Once the results of their survey were known, the ITRA's Steering Committee  voted on a series of propositions in order to define its official position :

- The ITRA wishes to find solutions for a more open race format corresponding to the values of trail-running, with, notably, a grouped start between the elite and 'mass' runners. This is an important point for the community which is being thought through at the heart the combined commission.

- The ITRA wishes to advance the idea of the organisation of the World Championships every two years over two distances of around 50km and 80km.

The decisions taken upon consultation with the IAU

A coordination meeting between the IAU and the ITRA took place in Lisbon on March 11, the decisions taken are as follow:

- A clear and transparent process was outlined with which must be followed as from the stage of candidacy. It aims at setting up a deadline of at least two years between the date of the next TWC and the date fixed for it. That of 2019 (if it takes place) will be made official two years in advance, or in autumn 2017 and the call for candidature will start in autumn 2016.

- The creation of a commission of four members consisting of two from the IAU and two from the ITRA will be responsible for the application process and will propose a choice for each TWC. These decisions will then be approved by the two steering committees of the IAU and ITRA.

- To continue discussions, with the federations, organisers, elite athletes and also the brands, to find the best possible solutions for a more open race format and to increase the media impact and the interest of the athletes by having a TWC every two years with two distances, on different continents.

- The introduction, as from 2017 in Italy, of a new distance of around 50km. Also there will be two distinct titles for Champion of the World that of 50km and of 80km alternating every two years while waiting for the results of the discussions.

- The division of the roles between the IAU and ITRA have been defined and will take effect as of the next Championships in Portugal in 2016. The IAU will be responsible for all administrative and financial questions concerning accommodation and transport. While the ITRA will be responsible for the technical organisation and communications.

"I strongly believe that our meeting in Lisbon was a true stepping stone for the sustained development of our sport. I´m sure that IAU as an International body with a deep knowledge of the « Federal World », along with us at ITRA that are closer to the Trail Running comunity, can do a great job together. For sure the next Trail World Championships in Gerês will demonstrate that” comments Jose Carlos Santos, Vice-president of the ITRA and in charge of the international relationships.

Dirk Strumane, President of the IAU, adds: “The forthcoming Trail World Championship in Gerês will be the first formal joint venture between IAU and ITRA. As international governing body for ultrarunning, we fully endorse this co-operation. Both IAU and ITRA are dealing with trail running and although we stilll have different views about a number of items, there is the common and true intention to join our forces for the benefit of the further development of this branch of the sport. We also are aware of the necessity to include the IAAF in this discussion to come to a broad-based policy in this regard".

This collaboration between the IAU and the ITRA, in parallel to the work carried out on the World championships, continues on multiple fronts. The recent drama experienced in Patagonia shows that safety remains a priority.  The ITRA is equally concentrating its efforts on the health policy for all runners and the QUARTZ programme for elite athletes, the quality of races and a more important direct representation of runners within the heart of the ITRA. The different subjects will  be the subject of specific communications in the weeks to come.

Contacts :

ITRA - Tel : +41 (0)2 15 19 02 08 - Email : contact@itra.run

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Anne Gery - Mob : +33 (0)6 12 03 68 95 - Email : annegery@infocimes.com