The Trail Running Association of Queensland (TRAQ) is a non for profit organisation formed in 2006. It was conceived through the desire of trail runners wanting more trail events than what was offered. During TRAQ’s infancy years, races were held across Sunshine Coast and Brisbane areas.
We now boast races held within the Somerset, Moreton Bay and rural Brisbane regions. Additionally, we are partnered with Australian Ultra Runners Association (AURA) to deliver a World Heritage race in NSW. All these events have been run successfully, with the participant at the core of the events we run.
We focus on the quality of the trail event, allowing all skill levels to enjoy the challenge and experience of off-road running, from 10km through to marathon distance. We have incorporated specific events to allow entry runners and children to get the taste of why trail running is an ever growing pastime in Queensland.
TRAQ has worked tirelessly to ensure that all races are done in accordance with governing bodies and are proud of the product we provide all participants with each event.and concrete footpaths.
Who is TRAQ? You! The membership votes on Committee Members and sets our priorities at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) each year and, through volunteering occasionally, makes events possible. Our 2018 committee is:
Michael Duggan – President,
(vacant) – Vice President
Peter Walker – Secretary
Hubertien Wichers – Treasurer
Committee Members: Joris van der Geer, Julie Ellett, Paul Vennells and Warwick Nichols
In March each year TRAQ holds an Annual General Meeting (AGM) where all Committee positions are declared open and any TRAQ member may nominate to join the Committee. We encourage all members of TRAQ and the wider trail running community to engage with our AGM. A notice identifying the date, time and location of the AGM will be provided to all members by no latter than a month precceding the date of the AGM.
TRAQ’s vision is to be an organisation that is respected for supporting trail runners, groups, clubs, events and competitors engaging and associated with trail running across Queensland. TRAQ is viewed as the peak body for Queensland trail running and facilitates the sport’s safe, inclusive and sustainable growth across the State.
TRAQ organises events by runners for runners and since being established has been driven by six key purposes, which include:
- To promote trail running, support trail runners and trail events.
- To promote active use of Queensland’s trails and natural environment.
- To coordinate a statewide trail running series and calendar which complements existing races and provides events throughout the year.
- To pursue improved arrangements for approving access to quality trails for events.
- To arrange overall trail running sponsorship and support sponsorship for individual events.
- To create and maintain a website which supports the association’s objectives above.
In 2017, the TRAQ Committee set about developing a 5-year Strategic Plan to provide direction for the Association during this period of growth in our sport. This process involved engagement with the trail running community, TRAQ membership, peak bodies and government. A five-year Strategy is a common tool used by organisations to assist in planning. Having a strategy in place will assist the TRAQ Committee and stakeholders to:
- develop fundamental objectives and targets for the organisation that guide our elected Committee’s decision making,
- coordinate all actions to achieve our longer-term goals within a specified timeframe,
- prioritise the allocation of financial and human resources,
- determine if TRAQ is achieving its key objectives, living its vision and realising its mission.
The Strategy statements represent where we would like TRAQ to be in five years’ time and brief notes on implementation and action. There are seven long-term, strategic areas that underpin this strategy:
- Providing value to the membership – providing our membership with value through investment back into strengthening the sport of trail running.
- Supporting advocacy and facilitation – engaging with stakeholders as a ‘peak body’ on behalf of the trail running community of Queensland.
- Ensuring safety and wellbeing – supporting improved safety within the sport of trail running and the wellbeing of participants.
- Exemplifying events excellence – providing safe and enjoyable trail running events to the wider trail running community.
- Providing trail running opportunities – providing opportunities for access to trail running by all community members and opportunities for trail runners to achieve their potential in the sport.
- Operating with governance and accountability – operating a well-managed, transparent and accountable organisation for the benefit of our members and the wider trail running community.
- Strengthening organisational and financial sustainability – ensuring that members and stakeholders funds are invested and expended in such a way as to ensure the long-term sustainability of the Association for the benefit of the membership.
The Trail Running Association of Queensland (TRAQ) place the utmost of importance upon environmental and social sustainability, and commit to being of benefit to the State of Queensland, local communities and the traditional owners upon whose land we meet to engage in trail running activities and events.
TRAQ’s mission is to assist people to engage with the natural environment around them, experience safe and challenging events, and to connect the growing community of trail runners and users in Queensland. TRAQ influences the behaviour of people in cultural, social and environmental matters by connecting them with five TRAIL Values: Tradition, Respect, Adventure, Initiative, and Learning.
The five TRAIL values encourage safety, mateship, individual responsibility and respect for self and others. They are supported by four pillars, which provide the framework for this environmental and social sustainability policy:
1. Environment – leave the environment in better shape than before the event.
2. Community – respect for traditional owners and culture, local community, and athletic community & competitors.
3. Economy – contributing to the growth of the regions in which trail running and events take place.
4. Governance – managing environmental and social risk through systems, monitoring and evaluation.
TRAQ commits to continually improve our environmental and social sustainability performance in delivering events and to implementing actions that demonstrate a commitment to our sustainability objectives. In addition, TRAQ will comply with all relevant legislation and regulations, and strive to achieve best practice in event management. Special consideration will be given to the safety of all event stakeholders and, wherever possible, environmentally sustainable, products and services will be sourced locally.
TRAQ will appoint a Committee Member to monitor our sustainability objectives. This volunteer will ensure ongoing environmental and social performance, identification of environmental risks, recording and monitoring of impacts and leading the implementation of environmental and social sustainability measures.
We encourage staff, volunteers, competitors, visitors and the local communities to engage with us in our commitment to environmental and social sustainability.
TRAQ is an ‘Incorporated Association’. Incorporation makes an association a legal entity and gives it a legal structure independent of its individual members, making it easier for the organisation to, for example, enter into contracts. In 2007, when TRAQ was legally formed, we developed a set of Association Rules which provide a framework for the organisation and the commitment we make to our members to operate for the their benefit. These Rules, for example, govern how we elect Committee members, set membership fees and when and how we conduct Committee meetings. In addition, each calendar year TRAQ commissions an independent 3rd party accountant to audit our finances for the previous calendar year. An audit report is presented at the Annual General Meeting (AGM), which is held before the end of March the following year. Any member may request to review TRAQ’s Association Rules, Committee Meeting Minutes and Audit Report at any time. Please, don’t hesitate in contacting us to request copies of these documents.
In addition, TRAQ maintains its leadership in outdoor recreation and sport holding membership with Queensland Athletics and the Queensland Outdoor Recreation Federation (QORF). A committee member attends the respective AGM for each organisation each year as well as other meetings from time to time.