Why I Took the Pledge
The essence of trail, mountain and ultra running is how you deal with the physical and mental challenges offered by nature. It includes a personal element (you against the elements, a certain distance, the clock) but also a competitive aspect (you against the performance of others, either in organized events or other peer to peer measures). Using artificial and banned substance is not only cheating others but also yourself and nature. Since PEDs are changing the nature of that game, irreversibly, competition bans should not have time limits. The beauty of trail and ultra running lies in their natural form, let’s keep our sport 100% clean for the current and future generations!
I certainly pledge to forgo any concept of competition or ranking if I’m ever to be convicted of cheating with PEDs but I also pledge that I will simply not use any banned PED.