Janet Ng has been elected president of the International Trail Running Association following the recent resignation of Bob Crowley.
The announcement came today after the vote last weekend in favour of the Hong Kong race organiser and trained lawyer.
Ng had been the treasurer and a member of the executive board of the association. She started trail running two decades ago and has been running on the trails ever since. She has also been a race organiser for over a decade and volunteers in trail races both locally and abroad. She is the president of the Trail Running Association of Hong Kong and a race director and co-founder of the Vibram Hong Kong 100.
The first female president of the ITRA said: “I am honoured to receive the trust of members of our steering committee to be the new president of ITRA. I am excited to lead this unique organisation as our sport begins to reopen in many countries around the world. The pandemic has accelerated interest in trail running in the great outdoors and we expect our community to expand rapidly. We welcome everyone with open arms to share our sport and our values.
"As a non-profit organisation dedicated to the sport of trail running, ITRA will continue to develop a wide range of services and tools for both runners and race organisers. We are here to serve the international trail running community and its members from all four corners of the world. I would in particular like to see an increase in female participation in trail running. With that in mind, the ITRA team will continue to work hand-in-hand with runners and organisers, to listen to their needs and wishes and help them in achieving their individual goals and dreams."
Crowley handed in his resignation earlier this month, saying he was unable to devote enough time to the role due to business commitments. He said: "I have strived to guide ITRA to a better place than when I assumed the office. I believe together, we have achieved this goal. We have accomplished independence and steadied the organisation through the disruptive times of the pandemic.”