USATF Masters Newsletter - December

To view this email as a web page, go  here.

The Marathon is back! The Snohomish River Run on October 14, 2018, will provide the first opportunity to become a National Masters Marathon Champion since October 2015. Make your plans now to participate in this great event and perhaps come away with a national championship. Set in the scenic Pacific Northwest, we anticipate a fast, beautiful course.

Click here to view a video of the scenic race course.

MTF News from USATF Annual Meeting

At the USATF Annual Meeting in Columbus, Ohio, the Masters Track and Field Committee made several important decisions. Included was awarding the 2020 USATF Indoor Masters Track & Field Championships to Baton Rouge, Louisiana (March 13-15, 2020). A decision on the 2020 Outdoor Championships was deferred while bids from the Niagara Association and Greensboro, North Carolina are given further consideration (a final decision is anticipated by the 2018 Indoor Championships in March). The newly adopted MTF Operating Procedures that were approved by the MTF Committee in Columbus can be viewed here. Please click here for a full report on the results of the Annual Meeting..  

MTF Athletes of the Year for 2017

The MTF Awards Subcommittee announced the 2017 Athletes of the Year:

Bob Lida (M81)
Kathy Martin (W66)

Both Lida and Martin are previous winners who had outstanding seasons in 2017. 

MTF Athletes of the Year for 2017

The MTF Hall of Fame Subcommittee announced its Class of 2017 inductees:

Dr. William Clark
Gloria Krug
Harry Nolan
Gary Patton
John Seto
Thaddeus Wilson, Sr.

Clark, Krug, Nolan, Patton, and Wilson are athletes, while Seto is being honored for his work as an administrator, which includes expanding and running

2017 USATF National Club Cross Country Championships

The USATF National Club Cross Country Championships were held on Sunday, December 9. Over 550 Masters runners entered to contest for national titles; the event is typically the biggest on our Masters Grand Prix circuit. The wind and cold were challenging, with a 14-degree wind chill when the Masters Men 60+ 8K race went off at 9:00 a.m. Joe Sheeran from Club NW went right to the front and was never challenged, winning by 1:03 in 29:29. Rick Becker, his teammate, came in second along with Ken Youngers from Atlanta Track Club in third.

The Women's 6K race was tighter through the first loop, but Strava's Kris Paaso made a decisive move with a kilometer to go and finished in 22:04, with Margaret Brennan a dozen seconds back and Atlanta's Sonja Friend-Uhl in third.

With a kilometer to go in the Men's 40-59 race, Neville Davey, of the West Valley Track Club, threw in a surge that no one could match and it carried him all the way to the finish line and a 19-second victory in 32:43. Bowerman's John Howell took second as Davey's teammate, Jorge Maravilla held off a fast-closing David Angell for third place. Team honors went to the Atlanta Track Club.

Winners of the club titles were: Atlanta Track Club in Women's 40+, the Jane's Elite Racing in Women's 50+, and Team Red Lizard in Women's 70+. In the Men's races, West Valley Track Clubtook the 40+, Greater Springfield Harriers in 50+, Club Northwest in 60+ and the Tamalpa Runnersin 70+. Age-grading honors went to 2017 Masters Athlete of the Year Sabra Harvey in the Women's race, Joe Sheeran in the Men's 60+ race, and Nat Larson in Men's 40-59.

Complete results can be viewed here and on-demand video can be viewed on USATF.TV+


2016-2017 Masters LDR Grand Prix Results

The Club XC Championships closed out the 2017 Masters Grand Prix and provided the first points for the 2017-2018 USATF Masters Grand Prix.

Club winners of the 2016-2017 Masters Grand Prix include:

Men: 40+ Cal Coast Track Club; 50+ Greater Springfield Harriers; 60+ Boulder Road Runners; 70+ Atlanta Track Club

Women: 40+ Genesee Valley Harriers; 50+ Athena Track Club; 60+ Atlanta Track Club

Individual winners of the 2017 Masters Grand Prix include:
Men: 40-44 David Angell; 45-49 John Gardiner; 50-54 Kent Lemme; 55-59 Nat Larson; 60-64 Kyle Hubbart; 65-69 Tom Bernhard; 70-74 Paul Carlin; 75-79 Charlie Patterson; 80-84 Jim Askew

Women: 40-44 Wakenda Tyler; 45-49 Cassandra Henkiel; 50-54 Marisa Sutera Strange; 55-59 Lorraine Jasper; 60-64 Jill Miller-Robinett; 65-69 Sabra Harvey; 70-74 Dianne Anderson; 75-79 Madeline Bost 


Entries Open for 2018 Indoor Track & Field Championships

Entries are now open for the 2018 USATF Masters Indoor Track & Field Championships in March. The meet is hosted by the Potomac Valley Track Club and will be held at the Prince George's Sports and Learning Center in Landover, Maryland,  March 16-18, 2018. This will be the third Indoor Championships in Landover, following the 2009 and 2013 meets.

Full information and entry links are now up on the meet website.


Team USATF Hotel in Malaga for WMA Championships in September 2018

A block of rooms is reserved for Team USATF in the Hilton Garden Inn in Malaga, Spain for the 2018 WMA Championships in September. The rate at the Hilton Garden in is 63.50 euros per person per night in twin and double rooms; 117 euros per night for a single; and 56 euros per person per night in a triple room. 
The Hilton Garden Inn is located within walking distance of the principal stadium for the Championships and is a four-star hotel adjacent to a Metro station. It has an outdoor swimming pool, restaurant serving Mediterranean cuisine, and free wi-fi.
Click here for a link to the special Team USATF Accommodation Form that must be used to be part of the room block, which includes special payment and cancellation policies that are better than those for reservations made directly on the Malaga 2018 Accommodation website. For example, we negotiated a 25% initial deposit for the Team USATF block of rooms rather than the 50% deposit required of others.

Invitation from MTF Chair

MTF is seeking a Chair for the newly created Communications Subcommittee. Those with an interest and a background in Masters Track & Field and print and broadcast media, marketing, social media, and all forms of traditional and emerging communications should seriously consider applying. Applications will be shared with the MTF Executive Committee who will conduct a conference call for an up to 10-minute verbal presentation and up to 10 minutes of questions before making its selection by secret ballot. Applications will be accepted through January 3, 2018. 

Unsuccessful applicants for Chair will be considered as Subcommittee members and others that are interested in being members of this Subcommittee should also apply - please note so on the form. You may find the form here and please completed forms to Rex Harvey at


2017-2018 Preliminary Masters Grand Prix Schedule
Date Championship Host Race Location
Feb 03 USATF Club Cross Country Championship   Tallahassee, FL
Mar 17 Masters 8 km Championship Towne Bank/ Shamrock 8 km Virginia Beach, VA
Apr 29 Masters 10 km Championship James Joyce Ramble 10K Ann Arbor, MI
Jun 3 Masters Half Marathon Championship Dexter-Ann Arbor Half Marathon Ann Arbor, MI
Aug 18 Masters 5 km Championship Atlanta's Finest 5K Atlanta, GA
Aug 24 Masters 1 mile Championship HAP Crim-Michigan Mile Flint, MI
Sep 23 Masters 5 km Cross Country Championship   Buffalo, NY
Oct 14 Masters Marathon Championships Snohomish River Run  Snohomish, WA

Plan Ahead

Mark your calendars for the following future events:

2018 USATF Southeast Region Masters Indoor Track & Field Championships
JDL Fast Track
Winston-Salem, NC
January 21, 2018

2018 USATF Masters Indoor Combined Events Championships
Carthage College
Kenosha, WI
January 27-28, 2018

2018 USATF East Region Masters Indoor Track & Field Championships
Providence Career and Technical Academy
Providence, RI
January 28, 2018

2018 USATF Mid America Region Masters Indoor Track & Field Championships
U.S. Air Force Academy
Colorado Springs, CO
February 18, 2018

2018 USATF National Cross Country Championships
Apalachee Regional Park
Tallahassee, FL
February 3, 2018

2018 USATF Masters Indoor Track & Field Championships
Prince George's Sports and Learning Complex
Landover, Maryland
March 16-18, 2018

2018 USATF National 8K Masters Championship
Yuengling Shamrock Marathon Weekend/Towne Bank 8K
Virginia Beach, VA
March 17, 2018

2018 USATF National 10K Masters Championship
James Joyce Ramble
Dedham, MA
April 29, 2018

2018 USATF Southeast Region Masters Outdoor Track & Field Championships
Samford University (tentative)
Birmingham, AL
June 2-3, 2018

2018 USATF East Region Masters Outdoor Track & Field Championships
College of the Holy Cross (tentative)
Worcester, MA
June 30- July 1, 2018

2018 USATF Masters Outdoor Combined Events Championships
Nevada Union High School
Grass Valley, CA
June 30-July 1, 2018

2018 Masters Outdoor Track & Field Championships
Spokane, WA
July 26-29, 2018

2018 WMA Outdoor Championships
Malagá, Spain
September 5-16, 2018

2018 USATF Masters Throws Championships
Texas A&M - Kingsville
Kingsville, TX
October 2018

2018 USATF National Club Cross Country (Masters) Championships
Plantes Ferry Sports Complex
Spokane, WA
December 8, 2018

2019 USATF Masters Indoor Track & Field Championships
JDL Fast Track
Winston-Salem, North Carolina
March 1-3, 2019

2019 WMA Indoor Championships
Torun, Poland
Dates TBA

2019 USATF Masters Outdoor Track & Field Championships
Iowa State University
Ames, Iowa
July 25-28, 2019

2019 NCCWMA Regional Championships
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Dates TBA

2020 WMA Outdoor Championships
Toronto, Ontario, Canada 
July 20-August 1, 2020
This email was sent to:

This email was sent by: USA Track & Field
130 East Washington Street, Suite 800 Indianapolis, IN 46204 USA 

We respect your right to privacy - view our policy

Manage Subscriptions | Update Profile | One-Click Unsubscribe