Please read the communique from Athletics South Africa (ASA) below, it has great impact on your freedom to participate in athletics.
Dear ASA Members
It is noted that there are confusion regarding the status of Trail Running in Athletics.
To give clarity on this topic, please note that Trail Running (IAAF Rule 252), Mountain Running (IAAF Rule 251) and Cross Country (IAAF Rule 250) are all Off-Road activities.
The Off-Road competitions are some of the alternatives provided to athletes who want to practice athletics as a sport. Other alternatives available to athletes are Road Running (IAAF Rule 240), Race Walking (IAAF Rule 230), Combined Events (IAAF Rule 223) and Track & Field events (IAAF Rule 168 - 222).
To ensure that competitions adhere to standards agreed by the athletes collectively, e.g. at Council Meetings, all events has (sic) to be listed on the ASA National or Provincial Fixtures Lists. Without such permission the event will be declared ineligible (IAAF Rule 1 & 2)
To protect the integrity of the sport, any athlete who participate (sic) in an event not listed on the ASA National or Provincial Fixtures Lists will be declared ineligible (IAAF Rule 20 & 21).
It must be noted that any member of the athletes' support team (e.g. clubs, Athlete Managers; Coaches; Race Organizers, etc.) who encourage the athlete to participate in an event not listed on the ASA National or Provincial Fixtures Lists will also be declared ineligible.
With the above in mind, ASA has already asked all ASA Members, including the Trail Running Committee, several times over the past few months, to register their events on the ASA National/Provincial Fixtures Lists.
Failing to adhere to this call as mentioned above, the mentioned Rules and Regulations will come in affect.
In order to protect the interest of ASA Members, ASA National and Provincial Technical Delegates and Referees will be obligated to enforce the mentioned rules diligently from 2017 onwards.
The 2017 ASA Domestic Rule Book is currently under revision, and the amended 2017 ASA Domestic Rule Book will soon be available to support ASA National and Provincial Technical Delegates and Referees in implementing eligibility rules.
See actual communique here
IAAF Rule 1 only applies to International events
IAAF Rule 2 applies to international and national events (i.e. SA Championships)
IAAF Rule 23 (b) "who takes part in any athletics competition which is not authorised in accordance with Rule 2 (Authorisation to Stage Competitions);"
Net Effect - A decrease in the number of trail run events - organisers do not make enough to share their hard earned income.
Net Effect - A decrease in the number of trail run events - without the average runners there would be no trail events.
Net Effect - A decrease in the number of trail run events - without the elites it is hard to attract the average runners.
Richard Stander has in one communique destroyed trail running's ethos.
Why do I say that?
Below is an extract from the entry form of this trail organised by a running club in Nelspruit.
See entry form here 3.6Mb
Trail Ethos? What is more relaxing than running free, in comfortable trail kit, and listening to your favourite music, lost in the beauty of the surroundings. All gone!
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We really need to sort this matter out.
TrailSA is unable to take a arguementative view here and needs to keep the doors open to negtiate the way forward for our top athletes to once again compete in SA colours. This will mean that all SA championship and team selection events may have to be sanctioned, but remember, the vast majority of rails are organised by entrepreneurs passionate about trail and it'e ethos of freedom to run as you please.
I have placed links to the various constitutions, rules and regulations of the bodies concerned below.