USATF Schedule Released: Looking for Interested
We are a little late in getting out this notice. However,
the USATF (USA Track and Field) off-road series is coming up very
quickly. Last year, the Wanderers entered a team under
the leadership of Polly Jansen and Chris
Verry. We did absolutely great until the last couple of
races when we ran out of steam. We have to quickly decide
whether we are going to enter a team again this year.
Here is how the scoring works. The USATF takes the top five club
finishers (the performances are weighted by age and gender so that
it is not necessarily the top five fastest finishers), but one
of the five has to be a woman and one finisher must be 40
or over. To field a team comfortably we need to have 15 runners
who wish to compete in the series. I choose the number 15 because
every weekend people always have a lot of commitments, and I figured
that from a pool of 15 we should be able to field at least five runners
for each race. Please let me know if you would like to be a member
of the Wanderers team for the Off Road series. If we do not
get 15 interested runners, we will not enter a team.
Here are a couple of factors you should take into consideration.
First, we do not care about performance. If you are a slow
runner and are worried that you will drag down our team result, do
not worry!! We are going to try hard, but we do not care where we
finish. Secondly, to enter, the club has to be a member of the USATF
and each runner to count must be an individual member of the USATF.
I think the individual fee is $28, but I will confirm this later
when I return back to Philadelphia mid-week. The USATF is a good
organization which we should be supporting. Finally, LISTED
BELOW IS THE SCHEDULE OF RACES MAKING UP THE SERIES. If
you want to participate, you do not have to go in all the races.
However, I would ask that you commit to going in to at least three
of them. Please let me know if you have questions. We had fun doing
the races last year, but it does require some sacrifice.
By the way, we had a great annual meeting 10 days ago. The minutes
should be out shortly.
Cheers, Dan Gordon
MID-ATLANTIC ASSOCIATION OF USATF 2008
6TH ANNUAL OFF-ROAD RUNNING SERIES
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