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Eligibility Requirements

All Master athletes must be citizens of the United States and eligible to represent the United States in international competition to be eligible for USATF medals and prize money.  In addition, all athletes entered and competing in the 2017 USATF Masters Half Marathon Championship are required to have a current 2017 USATF membership.  Master athletes shall be allowed to win awards in all categories. (e.g., overall, age group, team, age-graded, etc.)


  • All clubs must be registered with USATF for 2017. Please submit your club application to your local Association office.
  • 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).
  • 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.

All USATF Master Half Marathon Championship Entrants

  • All athletes must be U.S. citizens or resident aliens.
  • All athletes must be 2017 members of USATF in good standing. USATF memberships may be purchased online.
  • Athletes will not be permitted to compete unless they have a 2017 USATF membership and completed the entry process.
  • 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 All sponsor affiliations must be finalized by close of entries. No sponsor changes will be accepted after this date for the Championships.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Athletes must be 40 years or older on the day of competition.
  • All master athletes must wear an age/gender “back” number showing age division. Runners competing without back numbers will be subject to disqualification.

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