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 validation measurements and evaluates the results of validations. Validation measurements serve to maintain the integrity of records, and are performed only by highly experienced measurers.
The Validation Chair’s Responsibilities
The Validation Chair makes the appointment of a Validator based on their experience as a measurer and familiarity with validation procedures and philosophy. The appointed Validator 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 record or any US Championship race, the Validator should be an IAAF “A” measurer if possible. However, if an IAAF “A” measurer is not available then an IAAF “B” may be assigned.
When a race requests a Pre-Validation, the Validation Chair will assign a Validator 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 Validator).
When a Post-Validation is deemed necessary, the Validation Chair will assign a Validator within 2 weeks of the request. The Validator’s expenses are paid through the RRTC budget.
In all cases, the Validation Chair will receive a written report from the Validator. This report will include all of the data as explained in the Policies on Pre-race & Post-race Validation Measurements. The Validation Chair will review the report and determine if the course passes Validation.
Note: Under certain circumstances, the Chairperson of the RRTC may perform functions normally assigned to the Validation Chair, as follows:
The RRTC Chairperson may appoint a measurer to do a validation in case there is a time issue, or the Validation Chair is unable to perform his/her duties or has a conflict of interest.
When the RRTC Chairperson is involved in a Validation, then this Chairperson will make the decision as to whether the course passes or fails validation.
Note: The process of Validation is defined under the following link: Policies on Pre-race & Post-race Validation Measurements.