Retrospection: "Why did IAU introduce the IAU Labelling system" ?
In the year 2005 the IAU introduced the IAU labelling system. A totally new regulation that was inspired by recognizing problems in the past..
There were two main reasons :
1. There was too much uncertainty about the correct measurement in a lot of races, with the result that the year ranking lists, till then, were sometimes doubtful.
2. We witnessed that in a lot of countries, the National Athletics Federations were not aware about the existence of ultrarunning notwithstanding there were ultraraces in that country.
We heard a lot of complaints about runners who told us that their National Athletics Federations didn’t care about ultrarunning. Unfortunately, we still hear these signals, however, less than in the past.
IAU is under the patronage and follows the rules of the IAAF, and so our IAU member federations, the majority of which are the IAAF Member Federations would be expected to follow the IAAF rules and regulations.
With the Labelling system we’re trying to “solve” these two problems.
1. We’re asking, insisting for a proof that the race course was measured following the IAAF regulations (read: Jones Counter), especially when the race is run on road or track and for races where we’re having our World Best Performances. Of course, for trail running this is not always possible, also the reason why we agree here for a GPS-measurement.
2. We are asking a proof that the race is recognised by their National Athletics Federation, just to bring ultrarunning closer to that IAAF member. Nothing more…
Only when the National Athletics Federation doesn’t regulate ultrarunning, and don’t recognise any ultrarace, then we can agree if the race is organised with an existing member (athletics club) of that member. Again, to create a contact point, we still kindle a relationship with that IAAF member.
So, for us IAU it is very clear, “any ultrarunning organiser can get his IAU label when”:
- they prove that the course is measured conform the IAAF regulations (Road & Track) or by GPS for trail.
- they prove that the race is recognised by the IAAF member. Being published in the official calendar is enough for us. Or, … in the case that the IAAF member isn’t recognising ultraraces, they must prove that they still are organising with an official member (athletics club) of their National Athletics Federation.
What can here be the role of any NUA, the National Ultrarunning Associations, who are in some cases also our IAU members of that country ?
* they should try to motivate all ultrarunning organisers to contact their National Athletics Federation to get an approval, recognition for their organisation.
* they should try to motivate all ultrarunning organisers to apply for an IAU label. Incase that their National Athletics Federation is not dealing with ultraraces, then they should try to organise with an official Athletics club.
IAU Director of Organizations