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Travel Funding

An allocation of funds will be provided first to the defending US Outdoor Champion (2016 OT-TF) in each event, and then to the top four ranked outdoor performers, based on the 2017 U.S. Outdoor List, IAAF Top Marks list, or All Athletics list of marks achieved in 2017 as of the on-time entry deadline (Thursday, June 8,2017)Please note the qualifying window to achieve marks is not the same as the qualifying window to qualify for travel funding.

If the defending US Outdoor Champion (2016 OT-TF) is not entered by the on-time entry deadline (Thursday, June 8, 2017 by 11:59 p.m. PT), funding will then be allocated to the top five (5) ranked performers in each event who have entered by the on-time entry deadline and also met the qualifying mark as of the on-time entry deadline (Thursday, June 8, 2017).

For these allocations, funds will be awarded to the top ranked athletes in the distances/disciplines being contested at the Championships and NOT FOR TIMES OR DISTANCES ACHIEVED IN ALTERNATE QUALIFYING DISTANCES/TIMES (i.e. rank in the 1500m, but not the MILE). The only exception to this would be in the case of the allocation to the Defending Champion, who simply needs to be ENTERED AND QUALIFIED in order to be allocated and, therefore, could use an alternate distance/time.
In order to be eligible for the USATF Outdoor Championships travel allocations, an athlete must be a current USATF member in good standing; must have entered and met the qualifying mark by the on-time entry deadline (Thursday, June 8, 2017 by 11:59 p.m. PT); and must be a citizen of the United States of America who is eligible to represent the U.S. in international competition. Dual Citizens please take note.

  • Athletes who qualify for pre-allocations will receive their checks on-site (in Sacramento) at the Championships in the Athlete Credentialing area. 

Post Travel Funding
In addition to the payments as described above, an allocation of funds will be provided to those athletes who were not allocated funding prior to the USATF Outdoor Championships, but who place in the top four (4) in their event at the 2017 USATF Outdoor Championships.

  • Athletes who are eligible for post-allocations (based on 1-4 place finish) will receive their checks in the mail (U.S. Postal Service) approximately 4-6 weeks from the last day of competition of the 2017 USATF Outdoor Championships (and subject to the proper forms being completed and submitted for processing.

Travel funding breakdown:

  • The airfare allocation will be based on a "supersaver" fare (21-day advance purchase/Saturday night stay-over from home city to Sacramento, CA).

  • There will be a flat rate of $520 towards per diem/accommodations.

Travel funding processing requirements:

  • Athletes who are eligible to receive travel funding for this event are required to complete the following IRS W-9 form :IRS Form W-9: Request for Taxpayer Identification Number and Certification (PDF, via  When submitting W-9’s via fax (fax number:317-261-0514) attach a cover page with the following information:

    • Attention: Sariyu "Beka" Suggs

    • Event: 2017 USATF Outdoor Championships


  • Payments will be processed via the address provided on the completed IRS W-9 forms on file for that payment year. If you have an address update, name change, or tax classification update, complete and submit an updated form.

Athletes with remaining collegiate eligibility please check with your University’s Compliance department to determine if you are eligible to receive travel funding according to NCAA rules.

Questions- please contact Sariyu "Beka" Suggs at 317-713-4689 or

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