*  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.

Presentation and objectives

On September 3rd 2012, the 1st International Trail running conference was held in Courmayeur, Italy with more than 150 delegates (race organisers, manufacturers, journalists and elite athletes) who came from 18 different countries around the world.

This was the first time that so many players in the field of trail-running were were gathered. This conference allowed all the participants to see the diversity of points of view and to understand the necessity for trail-running to be organised as a discipline, in its own right, while taking into account the different approaches on the different continents: America, Asia, Africa Oceania and Europe.

Divided in 5 working groups, 50 volunteers (race organisers, athletes, federation representatives, manufacturers, journalists, coaches...), from 13 different countries on the 5 continents, worked together around a virtual round table.

Uniting their cultures and points of view to accompany this discipline in full evolution, they have worked on writing an ethical charter, proposing an international definition of trail-running, and the setting up of a policy for health matters and anti-doping. They founded a basis for a reasonable management of top-level athletes and reflected upon the creation of an international ranking system.

These conclusions laid down the foundations for the practice of trail-running, and established the basis on which to create an association wanting to bring together all the actors of trail-running worldwide, around shared values and principles.

This is how the International Trail-Running Association (ITRA) was born in July 2013, driven by the passion for trail-running and the enthusiasm of its founding members.

The International Trail-Running Association is open to all players in the field of trail-running and wishes above all to be a place for meeting, listening and exchanges.

The main objectives of the ITRA are:

  • To develop and promote trail-running as a discipline in its own right, accessible to all, rich in its diversity of cultures and venues of practice;
  • To promote its sporting ethic which relies heavily on strong values (authenticity, humility, fair-play, equity, respect and solidarity) with not only all the players in trail-running but the general public as well;
  • To contribute to the improvement of the quality of the organisation and the security of participants;
  • To promote the preventative actions concerning health matters and above all to do everything possible to fight against doping;
  • To contribute to a better practice of respect for the environment and to promote sustainable development at the heart of trail-running;
  • To allow all its members to express their feelings and to be heard at an international level;
  • To maintain constructive relationships and to collaborate with national trail-running associations and national and international federations;
  • To promote and collaborate in the organisation of championships or of continental or world trail-running circuits which will reinforce the international visibility of trail-running and produce valuable recognition to elite athletes.