USATF Masters Newsletter - January 2020

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Welcome, USATF Masters, to the first newsletter of 2020!
In case you have not already heard, we are saddened to write that USATF Masters Track & Field Chair Rex Harvey passed away on December 22, 2019. Vice Chair Jerry Bookin-Weiner has assumed the role of interim Chair. Robert Thomas was appointed Vice Chair with the approval of the MTF Executive Committee. Carroll DeWeese resigned as Treasurer after more than a decade of dedicated service in that role, and Mike Travers was appointed to succeed him with the approval of the MTF Executive Committee as well.
A moment of silence will be observed during the 2020 USATF Masters Indoor Championships in memory of Rex Harvey, and his family has established a fund to support Masters events at the Drake Relays in his memory.

Entries Close Soon for 2020 USATF Masters Indoor Championships in Baton Rouge

Entries are now open for the 2020 USATF Masters Indoor Championships, March 13-15, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The on-time entry deadline is February 14 at 11:59  p.m. PT, with the late entry deadline ($50 late fee) on February 18 at 11:59 p.m. PT. For more information, click below.

Entries Open Now for 2020 WMA Championships in Toronto 

Entries for the WMA Championships in Toronto, Ontario, Canada in July 2020 are now open. Click here for the entry page. General information about the WMA Championships is available on the meet website, including entry information, which is available in the downloadable entry book. The daily schedule for the WMA event is available here.
Entry fees will cost $72, plus $36 per event ($49 for combined events and half marathon), and a $10 Team USATF fee to cover the costs of team management functions, including two Team USATF parties on the evenings of July 23 and July 29.
A document including extensive information for Team USATF athletes planning to participate in the meet is available hereIt is important that all athletes read this document thoroughly. 
As an incentive for participation in Toronto 2020, the Masters LDR Executive Committee has determined that competitors in any of the three non-stadia events, XC, the 10 Km, or the Half Marathon can earn 2020 Individual Masters Grand Prix points. An individual who runs more than one non-stadia event may still only earn points from one event, presumably their best finish.
Bookmark the link below to check back for updates closer to the events:


2020 U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Marathon Race Weekend

Atlanta Track Club has announced an opportunity for Masters clubs to come to Atlanta for the U.S. Olympic Team Trials - Marathon on Saturday, February 29th, and stay over to compete the next day, Sunday, March 1st, in the Publix Half Marathon. 
See America's fastest runners, then race on the same streets the following day at America's Marathon Weekend! Atlanta Track Club invites all Master's clubs to race the Publix Atlanta Marathon, Half Marathon & 5K as part of a special weekend of running in Atlanta.
 Group discounts are available for groups of 10 or more. Learn more about the race here and email if interested in a discount for your group.


Medical/Physiotherapy Services for Team USATF Masters at Toronto 2020

In order to provide medical/physiotherapy services for Team USATF athletes at the 2020 WMA Championships in Toronto, athletes must purchase a subscription to cover the costs of travel, housing, and meals for the medical/physiotherapy team. This is necessary because the anticipated number of athletes makes it impossible to pay for the large Medical Team out of the USATF Masters budget for 2020.
Subscriptions will cover a specified number of 20-minute appointments. Those who do not subscribe cannot receive treatments from the Team USATF medical team; they must seek treatment locally from those available to all athletes at the Championships on a paid fee for service basis.
Plans are to have Team USATF Masters medical staff at all venues and events where subscribed athletes are scheduled to compete.
Note that the subscription will only cover the costs for the medical team’s travel, accommodation, and meals. They will be leaving their jobs and practices behind herefore, athletes should expect to give appropriate tips to their service provider for each appointment. If this is abused, then they simply will not come back to future Championships.
Athletes will purchase these services as an option offered during the registration process. Those buying the services will get a punch card with their name and the purchased number of punch slots in their registration package when they pick it up from the registration area. Only the subscriber can use the card.  Cards are non-transferable and non-refundable.
Each member of the medical team will have a schedule of what location they will be at on each day. In addition, they will have the current day session schedule (and the next day’s session schedule) posted on which athletes must sign up. This sign up can be done one competition day ahead or on the spot if there are session slots open. That way, each athlete can choose the medical team member they wish. Athletes must be present at their session start, or else standbys will be serviced. Remember to purchase the number of sessions that you think you will need for your normal competition plus any that you may need in case of minor injury. Also, some may want to schedule some double sessions (40 minutes).  Please note that even with a minimal $10-$20 tip these sessions are less than half of normal charges for such services at home.

Subscription Options
Number of 20 Minute Appointments Cost
3 $60
6 $110
12 $200
18 $270
24 $325
During the on-line Event Registration process, athletes will be required either to purchase a subscription or decline the offer with the understanding that they will not be able to receive any services from the Team USATF Masters Medical Team in Toronto.

2019 USATF Club Cross Country Championships Recap

The 2019 Club Cross Country Championships were held at the Lehigh University course in Bethlehem, PA this year. Over 1,000 Masters runners entered the event, which kicked off the 2020 Masters Grand Prix circuit. This was the largest event in recent Masters LDR Championship history. Men 60 and over ran an 8 km course; Masters Women ran a 6 km circuit; and Men 40-59 ran a 10 km course.
Rain earlier in the week and overnight left the course soft, with muddy sections; those running later in the day encountered more challenging conditions. Athletes noted that it was a challenging, but well-organized event that they were thrilled to compete in.
Overall Champions
Sascha Scott - 22:26
6 km- Joe Sheeran - 28:42
10 km- Jacques Sallberg - 32:53

Club Champions
40+ West Valley Track Club
50+ Greater Springfield Harriers
60+ Greater Lowell Road Runners
70+ Ann Arbor Track Club
80+ Clifton Road Runners

Age Division Champions:
40-44 Peter Gilmore
45-49 Jacques Sallberg 
50-54 Peter Hammer 
55-59 Nat Larson 
60-64 Joe Sheeran

65-69 John Barbour
70-74 Terry McCluskey
75-79 Tony Marshall
80-84 John Elliott
85-89 Warren Seaman
Age-Grading Champions
Nora Cary - 90.70%
6 km- Joe Sheeran - 92.45%
10 km - Peter Hammer - 89.07%

40+ The James Elite Racing
50+ Impala Racing
60+ Club Northwest
70+ Atlanta Track Club

40-44 Sascha Scott
45-49 Janet McDevitt 
50-54 Laura Latchford 
55-59 Marisa Sutera Strange 
60-64 Carmen Ayala-Troncoso

65-69 Lorraine McPhillips
70-74 Kathleen Allen
75-79 Catherine Radle
80-84 Heidi Moebius

2019 USATF MLDR Annual Meeting Recap

The Annual Meeting was held at the Grand Sierra Resort in Reno, Nevada from December 5 through 8, 2019. Some important outcomes and announcements:
Masters Athlete of the Year: Jeannie Rice 
Female Road Runner of the Year: Jeannie Rice 
Male Road Runner of the Year: Sean Wade 
Age Division Road Runners of the Year: F40 Roberta Groner; M40 Abdi Abdirahman; F45Deena Kastor; M45 Kevin Castille; F50 Fiona Bayly; M50 Sean Wade; F55 Marisa Sutera Strange; M55 Nat Larson; F60 Joan Samuelson; M60 Roger Sayre; F65Suzanne Ray; M65 John Barbour; F70 Jeannie Rice; M70 Gene Dykes; F75 Jan Holmquist; M75 Doug Goodhue; F80 Libby James; M80 Harry Carter; F85 Katherine Beiers; M85 George Hirsch;
Paul Spangler Award: Betty Lindberg Age 95; Nathaniel Finestone 90
Edie Stevenson, Sean Wade, Dave Oja and Paul Aufdemberge were inducted into the Masters Hall of Fame.
Otto Essig Award: Doug Goodhue
Masters LDR Chair Mary Rosado, announced that a bid for the 2021 Masters One Mile Road Championship has been approved; it will be held in Rochester, NY. A bid was also received for a 2020 Masters 12K Championship to be held in late September in New Jersey; it was approved soon after the Annual Meeting concluded.
A summary of the Masters Survey on Championships will be posted in the Documents Library of the Annual Meeting, accessed at:

2020 USATF Masters 12 km Championship

Chair of the USATF Masters LDR Executive Committee, Mary Rosado, announced that the Committee had approved a USATF Masters 12 km Championship bid from the USATF-NJ Association for 2020. The event will be held in conjunction with the By Hook or By Crook 12K, held annually at the Sandy Hook National Seashore, Highlands, NJ. The race will be held on Sunday, September 27th at 9 am.
Following Labor Day, the weather in NJ becomes less hot and humid; Sandy Hook is a perfect end of summer race for the transition to the longer autumn race distances. Sandy Hook is part of the National Gateway Recreation Area and there are views of the New York Skyline. It is a 42-mile drive from Newark Airport. There are multiple hotels located near the park and with the summer season ending at the Jersey Shore on Labor Day the room rates are lower.
The course is flat, fast and provides an opportunity for Masters runners to run the rare 12 km distance, which also makes it attractive to those trying to set a record.

National Masters Indoor Combined Events Championships

The 2020 National Masters Combined Events Championships were held Saturday and Sunday, January 25-26, 2020 at Carthage College in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Visit the Decamouse website for full information, including results.

Final 2019 Masters Grand Prix Standings

Final individual and club standings and more information on the Masters Grand Prix can be found here.

2020 Masters Grand Prix Schedule

Events on the 2020 Masters Grand Prix Schedule, as of now, are listed below; additional events may be added as bids are received and approved. 
  2020 Circuit
Dec 14 USATF National Club Cross Country Championships Bethlehem, PA
Jan 18 USATF Cross Country Championships San Diego, CA
April 26 USATF Masters 10 km Championships   James Joyce Ramble Dedham, MA
Jul 20-Aug. 1 WMA Outdoor Championships XC, 10K & HM Road Races* Toronto, Canada
Aug 21 USATF Masters 1 Mile Championships HAP Crim Festival of Races Flint, MI
Sep. 27 USATF Masters 12K Championships By Hook or By Crook 12K Highlands, NJ
Oct. 18 USATF Masters 5 km Cross Country Championships  Boston, MA

Other Events of Interest to Masters LDR Athletes
Mar. 13-15 USATF Masters Indoor Championships Baton Rouge, LA
Jul 9-12 USATF Masters Outdoor Championships Greensboro, NC
Jul 20 WMA Outdoor Championships [XC, 10K & HM Road Races] Toronto, Canada
Dec 12 USATF National Club Cross Country Championships—2021 Masters GP San Francisco, CA     

*Participation in any one of the three Non-Stadia events (XC, 10K and Half Marathon Road Races) may be counted for points toward the 2020 Individual Masters Grand Prix
The Masters LDR Committee welcomes Championship bids at all distances except the 1 Mile, the 10 Km, and the 12 Km for 2020. The Committee welcomes bids at all distances except the 1 Mile, 10Km and 12Km for 2021 and beyond. Please contact Mary Rosado, Chair, at, or at

Masters Long Distance Running Phidippides Program

The Phidippides Program rewards Masters runners of all abilities for their participation in organized road races. Hundreds of Masters Runners from all ages 40 and over have earned Awards each year. If you have not yet earned an Award, please make 2020 your year to do it! The closing date for 2019 applications is January 31, 2020; the sooner you submit your application, the sooner you will get your Award. For more details on the program, and how to apply online, please click below.

Anti-Doping Report

Masters athletes are subject to doping control testing both in and out of competition and may be sanctioned by the US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) for violations. For more information about anti-doping and the processes involved, visit the USADA website. To check on whether any medications or supplements you are taking are banned, visit the globalDRO website . You can find the link to USADA suspensions here.

It is important to note that should an athlete selected for a random drug test refuse to provide a sample that refusal is treated the same as a failed test. An athlete selected for testing at the 2019 USATF Masters Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Ames, Iowa, in July refused to provide a sample and has been banned from competition for four years.

Upcoming Events

2020 USATF Masters Midwest Region and Illinois Association Indoor Championships
Lewis University
Romeoville, Illinois
February 15, 2020
2020 USATF Masters Southwest Region Indoor Championships
University of Houston
Houston, Texas
February 16, 2020
2020 USATF Masters West Region Indoor/Outdoor Meet
(indoor events run outdoors)
Mater Dei High School
Santa Ana, California
February 16, 2020
2020 USATF Masters Mid America Region Indoor Championships
University of Colorado, Colorado Springs
Colorado Springs, Colorado
February 22, 2020
2020 USATF Masters Indoor Championships
Louisiana State University
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
March 13-15, 2020

Plan Ahead

Mark your calendars for the following future events:
2020 USATF Masters Outdoor 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
2020 National Masters Throws Championships
West Seattle Stadium
Seattle, Washington
August 22-23, 2020
2021 USATF Masters Indoor Championships
The Armory
New York, New York
March 19-21, 2021
2021 WMA Indoor Championships
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
April 6-13, 2021
2021 USATF Masters Outdoor Championships
Sacramento State University
Sacramento, California
July 15-18, 2021 *NEW DATES*
2021 NCCMA Outdoor Championships
Exact Location TBA
Spokane, Washington
July 29 – August 1, 2021
2021 National Senior Games
Ansin Track Complex
Miramar, Florida
November 5-11, 2021
2022 USATF Masters Indoor Championships
Spokane, Washington
March 18-20, 2022
2022 USATF Masters Outdoor Championships
University of Kentucky
Lexington, Kentucky
July 14-17, 2022
2022 WMA Outdoor Championships
Gothenburg, Sweden
August 17-27, 2022

** Indicates WMA Championship
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