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RRTC Officer Roles – Validation Chair

Validation Chair’s Position

This position is appointed by the Chairperson of the Road Running Technical Council. The Validation Chair appoints measurers to do verification measurements and evaluates the results of verifications. Verfication measurements serve to maintain the integrity of records, and are performed only by highly experienced measurers.

The Validation Chair’s Responsibilities

  1. The Validation Chair makes the appointment of a Verifier based on their experience as a measurer and familiarity with verification/validation procedures and philosophy. The appointed Verifier must be absolutely impartial. In most cases, the Validation Chair should use a person that resides in the same State as the race, and should ask the Regional Certifier for guidance. There will be occasions to bring in an IAAF “A” or “B” measurer from outside the area for some races. For a World or National open record or any US Championship race, the Verifier should be an IAAF “A” measurer if possible. However, if an IAAF “A” measurer is not available then an IAAF “B” may be assigned.
  2. When a race requests a Pre-Verification, the Validation Chair will assign a Verifier within 2 weeks of the request. It is noted that the Race is responsible for paying the individual assigned (the fee paid is arranged between the race and the assigned Verifier). Note: All USATF Championship races require two IAAF measurers where one is at least an “A.” These all must be pre-verified!
  3. When a Post-Verification is deemed necessary, the Validation Chair will assign a Verifier within 2 weeks of the request. The Verifier’s expenses are paid through the RRTC budget.
  4. In all cases, the Validation Chair will receive a written report from the Verifier. This report will include all of the data as explained in the Policies on Pre-race & Post-race Verification Measurements. The Validation Chair will review the report and determine if the course passes Verification.

Note: Under certain circumstances, the Chairperson of the RRTC may perform functions normally assigned to the Validation Chair, as follows:

  1. The RRTC Chairperson may appoint a measurer to do a verification in case there is a time issue, or the Validation Chair is unable to perform his/her duties or has a conflict of interest.
  2. When the RRTC Chairperson is involved in a Verification, then this Chairperson will make the decision as to whether the course passes or fails verification.

Note: The process of Verification is defined under the following link: Policies on Pre-race & Post-race Verification Measurements.

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