August Masters Newsletter

445 Americans Going to Malaga for WMA Championships

The U.S. is sending 445 Masters athletes to Malaga, Spain, next month for the WMA Outdoor Championships, September 4-16. This is the largest U.S. contingent at a WMA Championships since 2011, when the meet was held in Sacramento, California. Entries for the WMA World Masters Outdoor Championships in Malaga, Spain are closed. For competition updates and results check

To peruse a list of entrants from all countries, for all events, please visit:

Answers to Frequently Asked Questions can be found here.

The USATF team managers are Phil Greenwald (email: and Mary Rosado (email: Phil focuses on the track and field events while Mary's focus is on LDR events.

USATF Masters Outdoor Championships Report

More than 920 athletes competed at the USATF Masters Outdoor Championships in Spokane, Washington. They set a total of five world and 15 American age-group records during the four-day meet. The meet was hosted at Eastern Washington University and superbly organized by the Spokane Sports Commission. Below is a list of the record setting performances:
World Records
Last, First Age Group Event Mark
Englert, Roy M95 800 5:58.15*
Allie, Charles M70 400 59.18*
Platts, William M90 Javelin 31.46m*
Cohn, Linda W65 Javelin 35.80m*
Englert, Roy M95 1500 12:16.93*

American records
McDonald, Sue W55 400 64.37
McDonald, Sue W55 800 2:27.34
Rogers, Orville M100 400 5:07.26
Upshaw, Joy W55 80HH 12.87
Sauers, James M70 High Jump 1.58m
Culling, Robert M85 2000 Steeple 12:55.75
Landau, Kate W40 10,000 34:53.32
Platts, William M90 Weight Throw 9.91m
Rogers, Orville M100 200 2:02.37
Gerl, Sharon W70 1500 6:18.18

American records - relays
Non-Club W40 4x80SHR 52.18
Non-Club M80 4x80SHR 2:38.95
So Cal TC M60 4x100SHR 1:12.89
Non-Club M80 4x800 19:55.48
Joy's Jackrabbits W50 4x100 55.77
World records are, of course, also American records!
During and after the meet, USATF posted interviews with three Masters athletes on You can read them here:
Oneithea (Neni) Lewis
Charles Allie
Gary Hunter

Masters Throws Championships in Seattle Draws 71 Competitors
The USATF National Masters Throws Championships were contested August 4-5 at West Seattle Stadium under sunny skies with temperatures in the upper 70s and lower 80s - perfect weather for throwing. Neni Lewis (W58) set American records in the throws pentathlon, ultra weight pentathlon, weight throw, and super weight throw, and Carol Finsrud (W60) broke her own American record in the ultra weight pentathlon.
At the meet dinner, Tom Fahey, M70, was awarded the Lad Pataki Award for lifetime achievement as a Masters thrower. He won 11 consecutive national titles in the discus from 1998 - 2008 as well as WMA and World Masters Games titles. Jerry Bookin-Weiner, former USATF Throwing Events Subcommittee Chair, was presented with the Ken Weinbel Award for lifetime contributions to the Masters throwing community.
George Mathews, Lance Neubauer, and their crew in Seattle did a stellar job organizing the event.

USATF Annual Meeting in Columbus, OH

The USATF Annual Meeting will take place at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Columbus, Ohio, from November 28 through December 2, 2018. This is a "rules year," so rules changes will be discussed and voted upon. Other significant issues affecting Masters track and field and Masters LDR will also be discussed in MTF and MLDR Committee meetings. For more details, visit the Annual Meeting website here.

World Masters Marathon Championship
World Masters Athletics (WMA) has announced there will be a stand-alone World Masters Marathon Championships this fall at the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon on Sunday, October 21, 2018. Gold, silver and bronze medals will be awarded to the first three male and first three female finishers in each age group from M35 and W35, with age group based on athletes' age the day of the race. These athletes will be the 2018 WMA Marathon Champions and are eligible for records using gun time. You must be a USATF member and a U.S. citizen to represent Team USATF. The special access code for those wishing to run for Team USATF in this meet is: WMA2018YYZ

All competitors are subject to drug testing and must comply with IAAF/Masters Competition Rules throughout the race. All athletes in the WMA Marathon must compete as able-bodied; no wheelchair nor Nordic poles allowed.
There are no team medals. Registration closes October 2, 2018.
To register, please visit:
  • Click on the box for 'International Runners' and scroll down to the section titled, "World Masters Athletics Marathon Championships." Click on the 'I have an Access Code' box and enter the code given above. That gets you to the correct registration section where you enter your individual information. Online registration only.
  • For questions on registration, contact the organizers at: Phone: (1)-855-969-5515 (From North America Only)
For any other questions, please contact Mary Rosado, Masters LDR Chair, at:

USATF Masters 5 km Cross Country Championships
The USATF Masters 5 km Cross Country Championships will be held on September 23 in Buffalo, New York and will also serve as the Can-Am International Challenge Race. All finishing runners will be included in the scoring of the Challenge. This series has been inactive for a few years. Help the USA overtake Canada; they currently lead the series 18-12. Home course advantage is in our favor. As usual, national championships are also contested, both team and individual; the race counts towards the Masters Grand Prix.
Entry Instructions with a link to the Entry Form can be found at:

USATF Masters 15 km Championships
The USATF Masters 15 km Championships will be hosted this fall as part of the Tulsa Federal Credit Union Tulsa Run on Saturday, October 27. Come enjoy Downtown Tulsa before and after the race. It is one of the most welcoming races on the circuit, with a complimentary catered pasta dinner the evening before, a restricted-entry Masters Elite warmup area, and a 5-minute head start before the Community Mass Participation Race. Downtown hotels are convenient to the start and finish, with the host hotel adjacent to the post-race festival area. A new course layout will be revealed soon; it should be somewhat less hilly and with a start even more convenient for the USATF Masters Championships. Come and race for glory as we honor and celebrate the 41st running of the Tulsa Run!
Entry Information:
Entry Form:

Remaining 2018 Masters LDR Grand Prix Schedule
Sep 23 Masters 5 km Cross Country Championships Buffalo NY*
Oct 27 Tulsa Federal Credit Union Tulsa Run 15K Tulsa OK
*Can/Am Challenge. Every runner participating will score for her/his country.
    Other Related Events  
Sep 4-16 WMA Outdoor Championships Malaga, Spain
Oct 21 WMA Masters Marathon-Scotiabank Toronto  Waterfront Marathon
Dec 8 2018 Masters Grand Prix Awards Spokane WA

Club and Individual Masters Grand Prix Awards
The Club and Individual Masters Grand Prix Awards for 2018 will be presented at the USATF Club Cross Country Championships in Spokane, Washington on December 8, 2018.

The USATF Masters LDR Committee takes this opportunity to remind all Masters Runners, Teams, and Clubs that the 2018 Grand Prix season ends with the last Masters Championship event before the Club Cross Country Championships. Points earned in Spokane will count only for the 2019 Masters Grand Prix contests.
Seven of the nine events on the Masters Grand Prix circuit are in the books, with the final two events to be held between September 23 and October 27, 2018.

Complete standings can be accessed via: and  

Plan Ahead
Mark your calendars for the following future events:
2018 WMA Outdoor Championships
Malagá, Spain
September 4-16, 2018
2018 USATF Open and Masters 40km Race Walk Championship
Marvin Park
Owego, New York
September 8, 2018
2018 USATF Mid America Region Masters Outdoor Track & Field Championships
Fort Collins, Colorado
September 29-30, 2018
2018 USATF Open and Masters 30 km Race Walk Championships
Hauppage, New York
October 21, 2018
2018 USATF Annual Meeting
Hyatt Regency Hotel
Columbus, Ohio
November 28 - December 2, 2018
2019 USATF Southeast Region Indoor Track & Field Championships
JDL Fast Track
Winston-Salem, North Carolina
January 20, 2019
2019 USATF Masters Indoor Combined Events Championships
Carthage College
Kenosha, Wisconsin
January 26-27, 2019
2019 USATF Masters Indoor Track & Field Championships
JDL Fast Track
Winston-Salem, North Carolina
March 1-3, 2019
2019 WMA Indoor Championships
Torun, Poland
March 24-30, 2019
2019 USATF Masters Outdoor Track & Field Championships
Iowa State University
Ames, Iowa
July 11-14, 2019  **New Dates**
2019 National Masters Throws Championships
Benedictine University
Lisle, Illinois
August 3-4, 2019
2019 NCCWMA Championships
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
August 8-11, 2019
2020 USATF Masters Indoor Track & Field Championships
Louisiana State University
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
March 13-15, 2020
2020 USATF Masters Outdoor Track & Field Championships
North Carolina A&T University
Greensboro, North Carolina
July 9-12, 2020
2020 WMA Outdoor Championships
Toronto, Ontario, Canada 
July 20-August 1, 2020

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