In August 2014, we revealed an article to current the affiliation “ Trail Runner Foundation “. READ HERE
Created just a few months in the past, we current to you Laurent Etchamendy and Nicolas bernard, the 2 co-founders of the Trail Runner Foundation.
In the article, we mentioned particularly the causes for the creation of the affiliation, but additionally their motivations, their convictions and their targets.
7 years later, the affiliation has advanced nicely. “Beyond the fashion effect, it has become big without touching the original spirit”, explains Nicolas. It has thus grown from 2 members to greater than 800, unfold all through France and even overseas. However, their conviction stays unchanged: “Courir Utile”.
Today, they not solely accompany trailers who need to run and acquire waste with a view to shield nature, however they’re additionally alongside the races, with 80 of them who’re members. In specific, they created the #Utile information: a ebook to correctly arrange a information in sort.
“Some organizers do not necessarily have the necessary experience. We have therefore grouped together solutions that partner races are implementing in this guide in order to help them be more eco-responsible ”, says Nicolas. The information consists of many ideas and tips to restrict the environmental impression with, for instance, solutions at the degree of provides, markings and plenty. ” We are proud as a result of we’ve developed this progressively, with the organizers, for the organizers ”.
“Act so that sport is eco-responsible”
By becoming a member of, the races additionally profit from logistical help. Thanks to the sum of the memberships, Trail Runner Foundation has invested in the buy of collapsible cups in addition to in stakes for the markup with a view to keep away from the use of rubalise. “We want to put in place and offer solutions in order to have the least possible impact on the planet”.
Finally, they created the Trail Runner Foundation label for the races, if nonetheless they respect the constitution in 5 factors:
- The helpful appointments, which consist in making a reconnaissance of the course, whereas cleansing the path.
- Respect for the web site the place the race takes place
- Raising contributors’ consciousness of eco-responsibility
- Non-use of plastic cups
- Checking the cleanliness of the path after the runners have handed
This not solely permits them to be put ahead, however additionally it is a approach to reassure the municipalities and to have their authorization to hold out the occasion.
Today the affiliation can be supported by companions and patrons, the primary one being MAIF. “This partnership happened very naturally because they have the same objective as us: act so that sport is eco-responsible ”, Nicolas notes. This permits them to have further aids to help companion races. “The number continues to increase and we have relays all over France, in Paris, in Toulouse, to limit transport and unnecessary travel”.
Moreover, since March 20 and till June 20, the Trail Runner Foundation has launched, as a part of the Rendez-Vous Sport Planète organized by the MAIF, the Mission 1 problem doable. During 13 weeks, the contributors should acquire waste whereas making their outing, with a selected waste every week with a view to work on the commentary and to not have an effect on the efficiency. The first week was devoted to accumulating cans, and per week will probably be dedicated to accumulating disposable masks, which at the moment are discovered in all places, on each road nook.
However, this isn’t the first organized motion since the well being disaster. During the first confinement, they’d created the Confitour. The rule of the recreation was easy, having to select up as a lot rubbish as doable inside an hour, whereas respecting the radius of 1 kilometer. Today, though they loved organizing these challenges, they’re desirous to return to their preliminary exercise of supporting the race organizers.
Among the 800 members, we clearly discover occasional runners, but additionally extra skilled athletes like Andy Symonds (winner of the Grand Trail des Templiers), Benoit Cori (double winner of the Saintélyon and the nice Templar Race), Amandine Ferrato (vice-world champion in Trail), or Jocelyne Pauly (winner of the Diagonale des Fous in 2018) in addition to youngsters. “We noticed that they were particularly invested in the collection operations and in addition they took their parents”.
Laurent Etchamendy and Nicolas Bernard then arrange the TRF Kids Team, to permit youngsters aged 5 to fifteen to hitch the affiliation. In alternate, they obtain a equipment with a view to take motion of their college or round their residence: “ They want to be useful ”.
Finally, the newest challenge so far is the helpful relay in partnership with Paris 2024. It left Hendaye in 2019 to succeed in Paris in 2024. Stopped by the well being disaster and the containment measures, it can resume this yr from Pau with a view to be a part of Toulouse.
The affiliation is increasing yr after yr: the variety of members is rising, particularly since the price of membership stays symbolic (10 € for a person membership, 50 € for the races), a motive why members keep and encourage to hitch: “Today, it’s not just our association, it’s a collective”.