*  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.

Our measuring tools

Unique tools in the world that allow all trail running players to share common landmarks.

Estimate the difficulty of the races: the evaluation of the course

Knowing precisely the difficulty of a trail race allows runners to check if they can take part given their physical abilities.
ITRA evaluates and can certify the courses of the race organizers who wish it. 
The distance and the positive elevation gain to be traveled are analyzed to calculate the effort required, expressed in km-effort.
Based on these km-effort, the race is classified in one of the 7 categories of trail running races, from XXS to XXL races. She is awarded from 0 to 6 ITRA points according to her level of difficulty.
Catégory ITRA Points Km-effort Approximate time of the winner (*)
XXQ 0 0-24 1h
XS 1 25-44 1h30-2h30
S 2 45-74 2h30-5h
M 3 75-114 5h-8h
L 4 115-154 8h-12h
XL 5 155-209 12h-17h
XXL 6 >=210 17h

Certify the runner's experience: ITRA Points

ITRA points are used as a unit of measure to indicate the difficulty level of a race: their value expresses the ratio between km to be covered and effort to be provided (km-effort), based on both the distance and elevation gain of the race.
• 0 ITRA point for a ratio of km-effort between 0 and 24
• 1 ITRA point for a ratio of km-effort between 25 and 44
• 2 ITRA points point for a ratio of km-effort between 45 and 74
• 3 ITRA points point for a ratio of km-effort between 75 and 114
• 4 ITRA point for a ratio of km-effort between 115 and 154
• 5 ITRA point for a ratio of km-effort between 155 and 209
• 6 ITRA from 210 km-effort

Each time a trailrunner finishes a race, it automatically collects the number of ITRA Points corresponding to the race in which he/she participated. Whether he/she arrives first or last, he/she collects the same number of points: racing speed (ITRA performance index) is therefore not preponderant.
Race after race, the runner accumulates ITRA points and thus justifies his/her level of experience as a trailrunner. This experience gives him/her access to particularly technical races that are open only to experienced athletes. Indeed, some organizers ask the participants to justify their abilities to guarantee the safety of their events.
In order to simplify the registration of runners for these technical races, ITRA has developed a management tool that allows organizers to automatically check the number of ITRA Points accumulated by each runner. To know everything about this management tool, please contact us.

Rate runners' speed: the ITRA Performance Index

The ITRA performance Index expresses the speed potential of a runner. It allows to compare the speed of the trailrunners between them, at an international level. 
This speed potential is on a scale of 1,000 points. At each level of the ladder corresponds a level of performance of the athletes: level starts from Starter to Elite 1.
This table of levels, very appreciated by the actors of the trail, allows the runners to be placed in relation to the others and the organizers to better know their population of participants.