*  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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14/03 Fizkultura, 18th of March, Bulgaria // Trail-running seminar

Information from Miléna Alen, the ITRA national representative for organizers in Bulgaria:

"This saturday, 18th of March, three of the most inspiring and popular people in trail-running and endurance Dean KarnazesSean Conway and Ian Corless will participate as guest lecturers in Fizkulturaa seminar on trail-running and adventure in Bulgaria.

Together with the Bulgarian top mountain climber Boyan Petrov, the Bulgarian top female runner Antonia Grigorova, who is going to attempt a national female endurance record 600 km for less than 6 days, and Dimitrina Sivkova, one of the renowned kinesio practitioners who is also part of the ITRA Health Commission, they will talk about motivation and life experience in endurance and adventure."

26/01 Trail running recognition - Uruguay

16th of December 2016: 1st prize giving ceremony for the CAU (Uruguayan Athletic Federation) trail running category, in collaboration with the AUTRA (Uruguayan Trail running association) in which Daniel Perez, the ITRA National Representative of the Uruguayan Runners, is involved.

See the results

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...

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Opening of registration

Trail Des Patrouilleurs 2017

  • Registration
  • 31/03 ▸ 14/09
  • Location
  • Valais, Switzerland
  • Date of event
  • 30/09/2017
  • Distance
  • 54km
  • Height gain/loss
  • 4300m+

Mogollon Monster 100 2017

  • Registration
  • 31/03 ▸ 13/09
  • Location
  • Arizona, United States
  • Date of event
  • 23/09/2017
  • Distance
  • 162.8km
  • Height gain/loss
  • 5500m+
  • Endurance points
  • 6
  • Mountain
  • 4
  • Finisher criteria
  • 390

Table Mountain Challenge 2017

  • Registration
  • 31/03 ▸ 01/09
  • Location
  • Western Cape, South Africa
  • Date of event
  • 03/09/2017
  • Distance
  • 43.4km
  • Height gain/loss
  • 2230m+
  • Endurance points
  • 3
  • Mountain
  • 6
  • Finisher criteria
  • 310

Crimea X Run 2017

  • Registration
  • 31/03 ▸ 17/09
  • Location
  • Russia
  • Date of event
  • 11/10/2017
  • Distance
  • 159.3km
  • Height gain/loss
  • 9430m+
  • Endurance points
  • 5
  • Mountain
  • 8
  • Finisher criteria
  • 400

Trail D'albertville 2017

  • Registration
  • 31/03 ▸ 16/09
  • Location
  • 73 - Savoie, France
  • Date of event
  • 17/09/2017
  • Distance
  • 26.8km ▸ 47.8km
  • Height gain/loss
  • 1270m+ ▸ 3620m+
  • Endurance points
  • 23
  • Mountain
  • 59
  • Finisher criteria
  • 390440

Media Maraton Calar Alto 2017

  • Registration
  • 31/03 ▸ 02/07
  • Location
  • Andalucia, Spain
  • Date of event
  • 02/07/2017
  • Distance
  • 21km
  • Height gain/loss
  • 700m+

High1 Skyrunning 2017

  • Registration
  • 31/03 ▸ 30/04
  • Location
  • Kangwon-do, South Korea
  • Date of event
  • 25/06/2017
  • Distance
  • 42.3km
  • Height gain/loss
  • 1910m+

Artenara Trail Hg 2017

  • Registration
  • 31/03 ▸ 31/05
  • Location
  • Canarias, Spain
  • Date of event
  • 17/06/2017
  • Distance
  • 16.2km ▸ 30.1km
  • Height gain/loss
  • 970m+ ▸ 1880m+
  • Endurance points
  • 12
  • Mountain
  • 7
  • Finisher criteria
  • 290

Epic Trail Race Rincon De La Vieja 2017

  • Registration
  • 31/03 ▸ 13/10
  • Location
  • Cartago, Costa Rica
  • Date of event
  • 21/10/2017
  • Distance
  • 44.2km ▸ 51.2km
  • Height gain/loss
  • 1200m+ ▸ 1330m+
  • Endurance points
  • 23
  • Mountain
  • 3
  • Finisher criteria
  • 260280

Trail Des Hauts Forts 2017

  • Registration
  • 30/03 ▸ 09/08
  • Location
  • 74 - Haute-Savoie, France
  • Date of event
  • 12/08/2017
  • Distance
  • 24km ▸ 44km
  • Height gain/loss
  • 1900m+ ▸ 3320m+

Last results

19/03/2017   32.40km / 2000m+
Carrera Alto Sil 2017

Rk Name Time
1Jim WALMSLEY02:37:57
2Julen LARRUZEA02:55:30
1Denisa DRAGOMIR03:14:41
2Lucinda DOS SANTOS SOUSA03:46:59
3Estelita SANTIN FERNANDEZ03:56:44

18/03/2017   66.80km / 2440m+
Ultrabericus Trail 2017 - Trail Integrale

Rk Name Time
1Marco MENEGARDI05:31:55
2Christian MODENA05:34:37
3Nicola BASSI05:35:16
1Francesca PRETTO06:37:32
2Isabella LUCCHINI06:56:06
3Francesca CANEPA07:12:23

18/03/2017   55.80km / 1360m+
The Ephesus Ultra Marathon 2017

Rk Name Time
1Gokhan CAGLAR
2Abdulkadir TIKICI
1Selnur YETER
3Svetlana SEPELIOVA05:21:17

18/03/2017   21.90km / 680m+
Ultrabericus Trail 2017 - Urban

Rk Name Time
1Andrea MIGNOLLI01:32:48
2Francesco LORENZI01:33:32
3Simone CORTIANA01:35:55
1Anna ZILIO01:53:24
2Lisa CARRARO01:54:12
3Martina TESTARMATA01:57:50

18/03/2017   78.90km / 2680m+
Utcr Volcan Arenal 2017 - 80K

Rk Name Time
1Ernesto SILVA08:20:05
2Travis PIPER10:21:40
3Michael Dolgy DOLGY11:08:19
1Rhea GEORGE10:21:43
2Marianela SANCHEZ RODRIGUEZ12:13:19
3Melissa RAMIREZ ZAMORA13:25:42

18/03/2017   51.50km / 1930m+
Utcr Volcan Arenal 2017 - 51K

Rk Name Time
1Ludovic SORIN05:14:24
2Mainor RAMIREZ05:24:44
3Tomas AYLWIN05:33:15
2Ligia VARGAS SERRANO07:11:00
3Catherine CASTRO HERRERA07:34:34

12/03/2017   62.30km / 2570m+
China Francigena 2017

Rk Name Time
1Henrik WESTERLIN06:28:09
2Daniele PASCUCCI06:31:02
3Roberto VITTI06:41:11
1Maria Chiara PARIGI06:39:23
2Cecilia POLCI07:22:02
3Giulia PETRENI07:42:47

12/03/2017   20.10km / 570m+
Trans-Saint-Paulienne 2017

Rk Name Time
1Vincent BERTON
1Celine LADET
2Faustine CHARMASSON01:45:10
3Sylviane MICHELIER01:46:31

12/03/2017   52.00km / 4110m+
Changle Mt. Choufeng Trail Race 2017 - 50 Km

Rk Name Time
1Zhanghuan CHEN
2Qunlong YE
3Wenbing ZHANG
1Xueping CHEN
2Jinjin HAN
3Lina XU

12/03/2017   49.60km / 160m+
L'ard Trail Raidlight 2017 - L'ard Trail

Rk Name Time
1Stephane VAXELAIRE03:36:11
2Florent ROUSSEAU03:45:14
3Francois DEBAUGNIES03:57:25
1Murielle MAUPOUX05:31:59
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

Press Relations :

Infocîmes - Tel : +33 (0)4 50 47 24 61

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