*  Respect for the
environment

Races take place in fragile natural environments. All players involved with trail-running races, runners, organisers, partners, accompanying persons make a commitment to protect the natural equilibrium.

Organisers of trail-running races must do all they can to reduce the negative impact linked to the running of their races. They make a commitment by sharing information and making efforts to educate in order to contribute to the general awareness of the natural environment’s fragility.
Each organiser will identify the environmental risks engendered by their event and propose concrete actions to reduce the risks to the minimum. They will encourage the use of public transport or car-sharing and limit, as much as they can, the use of other motorised equipment.
Each runner makes a commitment to adopt the most relevant behaviour to minimize his or her impact on the terrain through which he or she passes.

Together, the members of the trail-running community act as ambassadors for the promotion and conservation of natural environments.

Quality

Before you start on the steep paths of a race in which you want to participate, check the Quality Index awarded by the runners! Because quality often rhymes with experience, ITRA provides runners with a scoring system to quickly identify the level of organization of the races.

 

 

Why evaluate the quality of a race?


Several trail races are created every year, and the discipline is making new followers around the world. Rough course, race in autonomy or semi-autonomy, changing weather ... each race is an adventure with variable geometry! Knowing the quality of organization of a trail before participating is an essential parameter to prepare well for the events you want to participate. Therefore, the ITRA Quality Committee provides runners and organizers with a Quality of Races Index. This index considers the general level of organization of the race before, during and after the event.


A Race Quality Index based on the runner experience


After each trail, the runners can note the general level of organization of the race in which they participated.
ITRA invites them to answer a quick, simple and anonymous quality questionnaire:

  • 15 questions to evaluate the quality of the race organization
  • 1 final Quality Index, published on the ITRA website
  • More detailed access for ITRA member organizers

 

Average rating out of a 5 scale


The Quality of Races Index is an average score out of 5, calculated for each race on the ITRA calendar. This average is obtained thanks to the responses of the runners who participated in the race and filled in the quality questionnaire.

 

  • 5 stars Organization of excellent quality
  • 4 stars Organization of very good quality, which can be further improved
  • 3 stars Organization of good quality, some points need improvement
  • 2 stars Organization of average quality, essential points are to be reviewed
  • 1 star Organization of poor quality, which may endanger the participants.


Each of the 15 points covered in the quality questionnaire is weighted by a more or less important coefficient. For example, questions about participant safety have a higher coefficient than event animation questions. This makes it possible to prioritize the prevention and safety measures implemented by the organizer.


By consulting the Quality Index of your next race, you make sure to make the start knowingly!