INTERNATIONAL TRAIL RUNNING ASSOCIATION HEALTH PROGRAM QUARTZ. 2018 REPORT AND EXPECTATIONS 2019
The international Trail Running Association is a non-for-profit association that works together with the IAAF. The ITRA QUARTZ Program is run by the association Athletes For Transparency and the Ultra Sports Science foundation is responsible for the financial transparency of the Program. This unique program is divided into 3 sub-programs: QUARTZ Elite, QUARTZ Event and QUARTZ Regular and allows everyone to contribute to a sport without doping whilst safeguarding the health of the runners.
In 2018, the QUARTZ program continued to expand and, in 2019, aims to maintain its worldwide growth. See below a routine prerace control as carried out at Spain for elite runner laura Orgue from the Salomon team.
ITRA QUARTZ PROGRAM 2018-2019
The QUARTZ Program provides anti-doping protection for the sport of trail-running and safeguards the health of all. Based on the ITRA Performance Index, the QUARTZ Elite program is offered free of charge to the top 10 athletes in the men’s and women’s rankings, respectively, and to the top 3 in each trail category, as well as to athletes returning from a suspension after having tested positive at a trail running event – a total of 57 athletes in 2019. If the athlete is ranked in more than one category, the selection will pass to the next athlete. The list of athletes who have responded to the invitation will be published in February. For the first time in the history of sport, a discipline gives its elite athletes the chance to contribute actively to the fight against doping by signing up for a unique health monitoring program
QUARTZ ELITE, ALREADY A SUCCESS IN 2018! In 2018, 40 elite athletes participated in the QUARTZ Elite program and 26 of them made their profile public. Thanks to this annual personalised monitoring, it is possible to identify profiles which might
present potential health problems, to provide support for elite runners in the form of specific tests and to
inform them about the risks associated with certain medications and nutritional supplements.
QUARTZ REGULAR, A HEALTH PROGRAM FOR ALL All the runners who have set up an account on the ITRA website now automatically have a health space that is private and secure. This allows every runner to enter all his/her health details (specific illnesses, allergies, medications taken, medical certificates….) This confidential online medical file can be used at any event where the QUARTZ Event program is implemented. Before the race, the medical director of the event can review the medical records on the updated health spaces and is thus able to exercise special care in the case of profiles found to be “at a greater risk”. On the day of the race, if medical attention is required, the medical teams can access all the data and thus respond better to the needs of each runner.
At the UTMB in 2018, for the first time ever, the Logicoss software developed by the partner company Dokever made it possible to test real-time access to these health data. A survey of Dokever staff indicated that 44% of the medical teams that responded to the survey
had used this software, which allowed the medical records of runners to be checked directly and an accurate and rapid medical diagnosis to be made.
40 ATHLETES IN THE QUARTZ PROGRAM QUARTZ EVENT IN 20182018 also witnessed a considerable increase in the number of events that implemented the QUARTZ Event Program, with an accompanying increase in the number of tests that could be made.
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