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2015 USATF Race Walking Grand Prix Series

USATF Race Walking Grand Prix Series

The USA Race Walking Grand Prix is an annual fixture and program of USA Track & Field and is managed by the USATF’s National Race Walk Committee.  It is a year-long series of Olympic Development competitions through which USATF crowns an overall champion for each competitive year.  The events selected will also provide circuit sponsors with a geographically diverse racing schedule generating national exposure for their products and services.

The wide range in distances gives the top race walkers in the U.S. an opportunity to compete against each other all year long and aids in developing the next group of international-level athletes. The composition of the circuit’s races is based upon the National Championship schedule of events with distances ranging from 1 mile to 50 kilometers for men and women.   The 2015 series shall run from October 16, 2014 to October 26, 2015 for Open, Masters and Juniors.   

Individuals who are members of USATF and in good standing prior to the start of each event are eligible to compete.  However, Grand Prix prize money and awards are limited to U.S. Citizens who are eligible to represent the USA in international competitions. Athletes may compete as individuals and/or as members of a team.  For individuals, the top 10 overall U.S. finishers, male and female, can score in each race in the Series (10 for first, 9 for second, 8 for third, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1).  A bonus of 2 points will be given to the winner if he or she breaks the national record at the race distance.

The top three individual men and female point scorers in the open division will receive awards.  The award winners will be recognized at USATF Race Walk meeting at the Annual Convention in December.

USA Race Walking Grand Prix Series: Juniors

2007 saw the addition of a junior division, for athletes under 20 years of age.  It has an abbreviated schedule tailored to athletes in that age division.
Individuals who are members of USATF and in good standing prior to the start of each event are eligible to compete.  Athletes may compete as individuals and/or as members of a team.  For individuals, the top 10 overall U.S. finishers, male and female, can score in each race in the Series (10 for first, 9 for second, 8 for third, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1).  A bonus of 2 points will be given to the winner if he or she breaks the national record at the race distance. 

The top three individual men and female point scorers in the junior division will receive awards.  The award winners will be recognized at USATF Race Walk meeting at the Annual Convention in December.
  
USA Race Walking Grand Prix Series: Masters

In 2009 a Masters Grand Prix circuit joined the junior & open series.  Individuals aged 35 or older who are members of USATF in good standing prior to the start of each event are eligible to compete, however only US Citizens are eligible for awards.  USATF will crown the top overall man and woman champions as well as awarding certificates to the top 10 individuals.  The award winners will be recognized at the USATF annual meeting during a Race Walk Committee session in December.

At each race individual performances will be age graded using the 2015 age grading tables.  Points will be awarded to the top 10 overall U.S. finishers, male and female (10 for first, 9 for second, 8 for third, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1).   A bonus of 2 points will be awarded to any individual if he, or she, breaks the national record for his/her 5-year age group at the race distance.
 
USA Race Walking Grand Prix Series: Teams

The team series is a competition between current member clubs of USATF.  Individuals may compete for a team only if they are registered under their club name with their association in the USATF Membership database prior to race day.  Teams may be composed of athletes who may otherwise compete as individuals in the junior, open or master divisions.  

All teams must e-mail a roster of USATF registered athletes who will be representing the club to Dave Talcott (dwtalcott@juno.com) prior to the race.  The roster shall include the club’s official name, the association it belongs to and a list of each athlete’s name, birth date, address, and USATF number which may be competing in the race.   If this list is not received prior to the competition, the team will not score in the Grand Prix for that race.  Once the team has been verified, only additions or subtractions of registered athletes need to be made. No day-of-race changes will be accepted. All USATF team-change rules apply.

The top five teams will score points in selected team-scoring events, by gender (10 for first, 8 for second, 6 for third, 4 for fourth, 2 for fifth).  Place will be scored by the cumulative time of the first three finishers of each registered team.  Only one team may score per club, per gender.  The top men's and women's teams, overall, will be presented with awards.  Certificates will be presented to the 2nd and 3rd place teams of each gender. 
 

 
 
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