There is no need to talk about the success running has met for the past decades. And there is no need to talk about the fact that more and more urban dwellers are looking to escape the city to find some oxygen, establish a connection with nature and feel better in their own bodies. Trail running has the answers to all these desires, which gives it a true advantage on other sport disciplines. Most citizens do not know about trail running, but with the growing media exposure of these events, discovering trail running is becoming more and more tempting. The EcoTrail® is a great solution, as it is an event occurring within the city. New participants also benefit from the fact that their first experience is supervised by officials who help them discover the specificities of the races and enjoy their time, all while respecting the values that define trail running. All the ingredients of a successful race are already there for them. EcoTrail® events avoid high technicality so that nothing prevents new runners from discovering the discipline and trying to become finishers. Taking part in an EcoTrail® means joining the great family of responsible trail runners who want to practice their discipline on the different courses of the big cities of Europe, Asia & MiddleEast. EcoTrail® is committed to providing an authentic experience on courses ranging from 15km to 80km in such natural environments. You will discover races with environmental responsibility, always respectful of nature, with real actions to raise awareness and learn best practices. When we welcome you to our events we guarantee each time a level of quality professional service. We invite you to travel through the destinations of EcoTrail® that combine sport and tourism for a weekend.
A project over 10 years old
The idea of the EcoTrail® was born in 2007 in the suburbs of Paris, thanks to a group of trail running friends who wanted to train in an environment that did not seem appropriate to running Originally, the idea was to create a trail running event in an urban environment where few people would have tried to design trail races. Since the discipline was widely unknown in the city, the concept was to set eco-responsible values at the core of the event’s DNA and to capitalize on the registration of neophytes to raise awareness about the good practices. The idea came to reality in Paris on March 16th 2008. 10 years ago, no event had such a committed approach to sustainable development. Not only was it the occasion to stand out, but it was also the occasion to bring the various partners together, especially the concerned regions that were looking to showcase their commitment and their actions in the protection of natural environments. Local organizers quickly began to consider organizing an EcoTrail® to highlight their region. The concept started expanding to other cities in 2012, first in Brussels, capital of Europe. In 2015, two drastically different cities also joined the EcoTrail®: Oslo (Norway) and Funchal (Madeira, Portugal). Both destinations helped widening the type of courses available on the circuit. Then came Madrid in 2016 and Stockholm & Reykjavik in 2017, increasing again the number of destinations to discover. In 2018, two new destinations joined the adventure: Florence and Geneva. In 2019, EcoTrail Family grew up again and welcomed 3 new EcoTrail: Wicklow in Ireland, Chiang Mai in Thailand & Putrajaya in Malaysia. In 2020, the concept still growing, this time in Middle East, in AlUla in Saudi Araba. The 2020 and 2021 calendar has been disrupted and overturned by the Covid-19 health crisis. Nevertheless, the year 2022 promises to be a full year and several destinations are already on the program. With such an authentic and atypical approach, the EcoTrail® offers all the needed guarantees to regions and partners (industrial and institutional) who are willing to join the adventure.