The International Running Association is associated with IAAF to manage the global development of trail running over the world. Since its official launch in 2013 it has carried out a significant number of initiatives which we survey here as they stand now at the end of 2017.





ITRA: The origins.  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. 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 founding members. 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. It has since held annual assemblies at the world championships of Annecy (FRA) in 2015, Peneda Geres (POR) 2016, Badia Prataglia (ITA) 2017 and will hold the next at Penyagolosa (ESP) in 2018.  Some of its ket services as of 2017 are: The global trail runners ranking, the Quartz Health program and the worldwide trail insurance as detailed below.


Focus​ ​on​ ​ITRA​ ​ranking​ ​at​ ​the​ ​end​ ​of​ ​the​ ​2017​ ​season As every year, ITRA will propose to the top 10 men and top 10 women of ITRA overall ranking, as well as the top 3 men and top 3 women of each trail category, to join Quartz Elites health program for free. The ranking below is the one that will be taken into account.


Quartz​ ​health and antidoping program​ ​in​ ​2018: Declined in Quartz Elites, Quartz Event and Quartz Regular, the ITRA health program supported by Columbia, Compressport, Hoka One One, Salomon and The North Face in 2017 is developing and will continue its expansion in 2018. Ultra-Trail World Tour confirms its commitment to the program next year. Salomon also announced the implementation of Quartz Event on its very new circuit of races, the Golden​ ​Trail​ ​Series​ All runners can participate at their level by indicating a maximum of medical information on their health space (available via the ITRA runner account). The health space is private and all the data are confidential. But, it is possible to make such information public if the runner wishes to do so.


2018​ ​Trail​ ​World​ ​Championships at Penyagolosa Trails in Castellón: An​ ​intense​ ​week!

The 5​th​ ​annual​ ​congress​ ​of​ ​Ultra​ ​Sports​ ​Science,​ ​9-10th​ ​May This international meeting week will begin with the Ultra Sports Science annual congress of science and medicine focused on the practice of ultra-endurance sports.
Trail​ ​World​ ​Championships,​ ​12th​ ​May The Penyagolosa​, famous race in the Province of Castellón in Spain, Ultra-Trail World Tour’s member, will welcome in 2018 the Trail World Championships organized conjointly by IAU and ITRA. In 2016, the Spaniard Luis Alberto Hernando and the French Caroline Chaverot won the titles of World Champions on the long trail distance over 80km, while 2017 saw Luis Alberto win again over the 50km track, this time together with France´s Adeleine Roche.

The 2018 course is not known for the moment but it will be a long trail-running race around 85 km and 5000m of elevation gain​, as it was the case two years ago in Gerês, Portugal. The organization also offers the possibility to other runners to participate to two open races:
– the MiM (62 km and 3000m of elevation gain)
– the CSP (116 km and 5700m of elevation gain)
All the races will take place on the same day, on Saturday, 12th of May. The first to line up on the
track will be the CSP runners, followed by the teams selected for the trail world championships. The
runners registered on the MiM will close the day’s race starts. More information here:

ITRA’s​ ​General​ ​Assembly,​ ​13th​ ​May ITRA’s Annual General Assembly will close the week. ITRA national representatives, founding members and Steering Committee members are expected for this international meeting, almost a
year after the last elections of June 2017 in Italy.

Trail​ ​World​ ​Championships​ ​in​ ​2019? IAU and ITRA are considering the application forms sent for the 2019 Trail World Championships. The event, the date and the place chosen will be soon announced. The course will be a short​ ​trail​ ​as was the case in Badia Prataglia in June 2017.

ITRA​ ​runner​ ​insurance More than 1,000 people have subscribed the ITRA runner insurance in 2017!
Two options are proposed, a yearly contract (49€) and a temporary contract (39€). In both cases, the
insurance is valid worldwide, during trainings and trail competitions, but not only!






Info by Mayayo Oxígeno for Trailrunningspain