*  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.

Historical

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 14 founding members.

The founding members of the ITRA are:

Didier CURDY, Statistician, creator of the performance index ranking
Arnaud DE STAEL, Deputy Secretary-general of the EcoTrail de Paris®, hypnotherapist and teacher in hypnosis and PNL at the Institut Français d’Hypnose Ericksonienne
Jean-Marc GARCIA, Member of the Hors Stade national commission of the Fédération Française d’Athlétisme
Carlos GARCIA PRIETO, Trail-running passionate, founder of Ultrarun.es (trail-running database in Spain) and trail-designer
Bernard LANDREIN, President-founder of the Ultra Marin Raid du Golfe du Morbihan (9 editions)
Nicolas MERMOUD, Founder of the running brand Hoka One One, athlete (3rd UTMB® 2007, 1st and holder of the race record on Trailwalker 2011 mix), native of Les Contamines-Montjoie
José Carlos MORAIS DOS SANTOS, Trail-Runner and President of the Association Trail-Running Portugal
Alessandra NICOLETTI, Race director of the Tor des Géants®, President of VDA Trailers (organisation of the Tor des Géants®, Gran Trail Valdigne, Gran Trail Courmayeur, Arrancabirra®, Winter Eco Trail)
Fabrice PERRIN, Operations manager Ultra-Trail® World Tour
Jean-Charles PERRIN, Creator and organiser of the EcoTrail de Paris®, in charge of the development of the Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc®
Catherine POLETTI, Organiser and Race director of the Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc®
Michel POLETTI, Technical director of the Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc®,  organizer of the Trail des Aiguilles Rouges
Pierre SALLET, Director of the association Athletes For Transparency (AFT)
Hervé SIMON, Organiser of the Trail Drôme Lafuma

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.