*  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.


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.

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.