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ITRA - International Trail Running Association

ITRA On 03.09.2012, in Courmayeur ITA the first international trail-running conference was held, the objective of which was a discussion with all the actors of the discipline and to try to determine in the shorter or longer term the convergent policies. At the end of long discussions where the diversity of points of view of the different countries were expressed, all the members of the working group formed a definition of trail-running and its categories. The Trail-running is defined as a running race, open to everybody, in a natural environment (mountains, desert, forest, on the plain…). Ideally but not necessarily, it takes place on a minimum of tarred roads (20% of the race) and in semi or total autonomy.
The International Trail Running Association held its constitutive general assembly in Paudex SUI on 01.08.2013. ITRA's mission is to give voice to trail runners from all continents to promote trail running throughout the world and defend its ethical values.
Trail running was first recognised by the International Association of Athletics Federations (now World Athletics) in 2015 as a discipline of athletics.
Since 2016, ITRA has been involved in organizing the IAU Trail World Championships. In 2021, a new biennial event the World Mountain and Trail Running Championships should be started in partnership between the World Mountain Running Association (WMRA), the International Association of Ultrarunners (IAU) and the International Trail Running Association (ITRA), with support from World Athletics.


01.08.2013 - 14.04.2020 Michel Poletti FRA
14.04.2020 - 04.09.2021 Bob Crowley USA
04.-11.09.2021 vacant
11.09.2021 - Janet Ng HKG

Secretaries General

01.08.2013 - 10.06.2015 ---
10.06.2015 - 25.09.2017 Paco Rico ESP (Secretary only)
25.09.2017 - Enrico Pollini ITA

Last modified: 07.05.2022