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Eligibility Requirements

Individuals

  • Qualifying: There are no performance standards or qualifying events necessary to participate.
  • Age: Athletes must be 40 years or older on the day of competition.
  • Membership & Entry Requirements: All athletes must be 2017 members of USATF in good standing and complete the entry process to participate. USATF memberships may be purchased online, through your local Association Office, or by calling the USATF National Office at 317-261-0500.
  • Date of Birth Verification Unless your date of birth/age has already been verified according to your USATF online membership profile, all entries must be accompanied by a copy of a legal document (passport or birth certificate) in order to verify date of birth and citizenship. If you have a valid passport at the time of entry, please use a copy of the information page of your passport as verification of citizenship and birth date. These copies will not be returned. You must FAX the copy of your passport or birth certificate, with your membership number, event, and championships name ("USA Masters 5 km Cross Country Championships") written in it to: USATF National Office at 317-261-0514 no later than October 6, 2017 by 5:00 p.m. EDT.
  • Citizenship: USATF member athletes who are citizens of the United States or resident aliens are eligible to compete in these Championships. However, only U.S. citizens may score for a team or win championship awards. Prize money is available for U.S. citizens only, per USATF Championship rules.
  • Athlete Affiliations:
    • Club affiliation: Athletes must be bona fide members of a 2017 USATF club in order to represent a club and score team points. All athletes entering as part of a club must be affiliated with that club as part of their USATF membership (an athlete's current affiliation can be viewed in his/her membership profile and as part of the online entry process). Athletes wishing to change affiliations can make such a request through their local Association (note that this request must be made by the athlete--see Regulation 4 in the USATF Governance Manual, Section III).
    • Sponsor Affiliation: In addition to a club affiliation, athletes are able to represent one (1) corporate sponsor. This corporate sponsor must be a registered USATF Corporate Member and be part of the athlete's membership profile. Corporate Membership applications can be obtained by sending an e-mail to membership@usatf.org. All sponsor affiliations must be finalized by close of entries. No sponsor changes will be accepted after this date for the Championships.
    • Unattached athletes are encouraged to join a local club or create a new club. Contact your local Association for information on starting your own club. "Unattached/Non-Scoring" athletes (those athletes not with a registered USATF club) may participate but will not be factored into team scores.
  • Age/Gender Back Numbers: All master athletes must wear an age/gender “back” number showing age division. Runners competing without back numbers will be subject to disqualification.

Clubs

  • All clubs must be registered with USATF for 2017. Please submit your club application online.
  • Only teams consisting of duly accredited representatives of a member club shall be eligible to score as a team. All athletes entering as part of a club must be affiliated with that club as part of their USATF online membership profile (an athlete's current affiliation can be viewed in his/her membership profile and as part of the online entry process) and meet the requirements of USATF Competition Rule 341.8. Athletes wishing to change affiliations can make such a request through their local Association (note that this request must be made by the athlete--see Regulation 4 in the USATF Governance Manual, Section III)The formation of club teams must meet all of the parameters as noted in Regulations 4 and 6 in the USATF Governance Manual, Section III and the USATF Rules of Competition, specifically Rule 341.8. This will be strictly enforced.
    • Pursuant to Rule 341.8, Master Teams shall represent current member clubs of USATF, verified through the national office. USATF Association, Regional, or National “all-star” teams are not eligible to compete in Masters Long Distance Running Team competition. Team members shall be affiliated with the club they are representing on their USATF membership record prior to entering the competition.
    • Only one athlete per team (i.e., Club M50+ team) who is a non-resident member of an Association is eligible to compete for a team in that Association.



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