*  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.

Safety

 

As a demanding sport amid wilderness, and on often rugged terrain, trail running requires impeccable organization, where all safety and rescue measures are well considered and managed. That is why ITRA has developed a guide of recommendations to assist race organizers.
 

A commitment to all stakeholders 

The organizer has the obligation to set up safety and rescue systems adapted to trail running competitions. These measures must make it possible to ensure the safety not only of the runners but also of all those involved in the race: members of the organization, employees and volunteers, service providers, employees of local authorities, accompanying persons, and the general public.
These safety precautions require:
  • a solid upstream organization 
  • the deployment of modes of transport and information transmission during the race 
  • the implementation of preventive actions
  • the organization of medical and first aid teams and their means of intervention.


The Safety, Health and Rescue Guide

The ITRA Security Commission provides organizers with a practical guide to Safety, Health and Rescue recommendations to guide them in the implementation of their security measures. This Guide to safety, health and rescue was developed in consultation with doctors, first aid personnel, professional rescue organizations and race organizers. Perfectly adapted to the requirements of trail running, it is the result of their experience in the field.
It describes all the organizational principles, actions and human and material resources:
  • accident prevention 
  • assistance to people in distress
  • field communications and improved information transmission
  • organization of logistical and emergency transport.


Download the ITRA Safety Guide: