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Technical Instructions

Runners competing in the 2018 USATF Masters 10 km Championships on Sunday, April 28, 2018, as part of the James Joyce Ramble in Dedham, MA should be aware of the following points of emphasis.  Competitors who fail to comply with these and other applicable USATF Rules of Competition risk possible disqualification.
 
There will be a Technical Meeting for all Master Championship athletes and coaches at the Endicott Estate, 656 East St, Dedham, MA 02026. The meeting begins at 4:30 pm on Saturday, April 28, 2018. Questions should be directed to the Championship Referee.
 
  1. Registration. Entry instructions, eligibility information and the online entry form for the 2018 USATF Masters 10 km Championships are available at:
http://www.usatf.org/Events---Calendar/2018/USATF-Masters-10-km-Championships.aspx
Online registration closes at 11:30pm EST on Wednesday, April 25, 2018.
In person registration is available at the Endicott Estate, 656 East St, Dedham, MA 02026 from noon to 4:30 pm on Saturday, April 28, 2018 only. No day-of-race Championship registration.
 
  1. Eligibility. You must be a 2018 USATF member to enter the Masters 10 km Championships. All Master athletes must be citizens of the United States and eligible to represent the United States in international competition to be eligible for team scoring and for USATF medals and prize money.  Non-citizens who are USATF members are welcome to compete but may not score for a team nor win USATF medals and prize money. If you do not have a 2018 membership, please complete a membership application first at: https://www.usatf.org/membership/application/
 
  1. The Race Course.  The course explanation is available online at: http://www.ramble.org/race-day-info . The course is defined as the roadway between their edges and curbs and will be closed to vehicular traffic. Please follow directions of course marshals and any road cones. The course certification map is available at: http://www.usatf.org/events/courses/maps/showMap.asp?courseID=MA13006JK
 
  1. Cutting the Course.  Any competitor who has been found by the Referee to have gained an unfair advantage by receiving assistance or by intentionally shortening the route of the race (“cutting the course”) shall be immediately disqualified. 
 
  1. Illegal Assistance.  Anyone found to have received illegal assistance is subject to disqualification.  “Assistance” is the conveying of advice, information or direct help to an athlete by any means, including a technical device. It also includes pacing in running or walking events by persons not participating in the event, by competitors lapped or about to be lapped, or by any kind of technical device. Verbal or other communication, without the use of any technical device, from an individual not on the course shall not be considered assistance. The course is defined as the roadway, boardwalk and sidewalks between their edges and curbs. Pacesetting, by a person entered in an event as an officially designated pacesetter, is permissible. There are no designated pacesetters for this event.
 
  1. Wireless Devices. The use of wireless devices (I-phones, I-pods, etc.) is not permitted. Competitors may carry or wear articles of personal equipment such as wrist chronometers and heart-rate monitors.
 
  1. Competition Front Bib Numbers/Timing Tag and Age/Gender “Back” Numbers. Competition bib numbers must be pinned on the front of the outermost layer of clothing that you will be wearing in the race. They should not be folded or cut.  The timing antennae or “B” tag is a part of the bib number and is disposable after the race. All Masters entered in the USATF Master 8 km Championships must also wear an age/gender “back” number pinned to the back of the outermost layer of clothing that they are wearing in the race. Please use 4 pins to affix the “back” number in such a manner that it is visible to any runner behind them and will not flip up. Any competitor failing to wear a competition bib number on the front and a visible age/gender “back” number will be subject to disqualification. If your packet is lacking a “back” number, extras will be made available at packet pick-up and at the start line.
 
  1. Packet Pick-up. Race packets will be available on Saturday, April 28, 2018 from 12 Noon – 4:30pm at the Endicott Estate, 656 East St, Dedham, MA 02026. Packets may also be picked up on Sunday, April 29, 2018 from 8:30 am to 10:30am at the Endicott Estate. If you must pick up your packet on Sunday before the race, please arrive early. Lines can get long and you want to have time to properly warm up and clear the Estate grounds to access the start line. The Race will begin on East Street one block south of the Endicott Estate at Boulevard St.  Plan your morning accordingly.
 
  1. Host Hotel. There is no Headquarters Hotel for the USATF Master 10 km Championships since packet pickup, the technical meeting and race awards will all be held at the Endicott Estate.
 
  1. Parking. We encourage you to arrive early! Free parking is available on the Endicott Estate grounds and on nearby side streets.  
 
  1. Start Time.  Each competitor is responsible for knowing the starting time of the 10k race at 11:00 am. The start line is located on East Street one block south of the Endicott Estate at Boulevard St. All competitors are responsible for being at the starting line at the appointed time with their competition bib number and age/gender “back” number properly affixed. All USATF Masters Championship runners will be started several minutes ahead of the citizen’s race.  
 
  1. Start Details.  All complete teams must report together to the Clerk at the starting line to verify their team uniforms (see below for uniform apparel requirements for complete teams). All Master Championship runners will be checked for proper front bib and back numbers prior to the start. There will be a two-command start: “On your marks” followed by the air horn blast signaling the start of the race. All awards are based on “gun time”. Net times may only be used for record purposes. The 10k race starts at 11:00 am on East Street one block south of the Endicott Estate at Boulevard St. The finish line is on East St. directly in front of the Endicott Estate.  No false start.  False starts will not be recalled. Runners who false start are subject to disqualification.
 
  1. Team Uniforms. The jersey or singlet worn by the members of a team (i.e., Greater Springfield Harriers M50+ “A” team) in all Master LDR Championships shall be basically identical for each member in color and style, and must be clearly visible throughout the race, i.e., worn as the outer garment if other apparel items are worn underneath by one or more team members. Individuals not complying with this uniform rule may be disqualified from scoring for a team. Front and back bibs must be securely fastened (4 pins) to this outermost jersey or singlet. The Clerk will verify team uniforms at the start line beginning at 10:30am. Do not wait until the last minute to verify team uniforms.
 
  1. Withdrawal for medical reasons.  A competitor must retire from the race immediately if directed to do so by a duly authorized official of the race or by an appropriately identified member of the race medical staff.
 
  1. Awards Ceremony. The USATF Master Championship awards’ ceremony will be held at approximately 12:45pm in front of the Endicott Estate. We will use the big tent in case of inclement weather.  There is a one hour protest period once results have been posted.
 
  1. Results. Overall Masters Championship results will be posted on the front porch of the Endicott Estate. Please check these results to make sure that your finish is listed. See the Masters Championship Referee if there are any problems/omissions. There is a one hour protest period once results have been posted.
 
  1. Protests. Protests must be made to the Masters Championship Referee within one hour of results being posted. The Referee will rule immediately on all protests. There is a $75 fee to file an appeal of the Referee’s ruling with the Jury of Appeal. The filing fee is returned if your appeal is upheld by the Jury. The decision of the Jury of Appeal is final and without further appeal.
 
  1. Club Teams. All clubs must be registered with USATF for 2018. Only teams consisting of duly accredited representatives of a member club shall be eligible to score as a team. Athletes registering as part of a complete club team must register for the race and declare for that team no later than 4:30pm on Saturday, April 28, 2018. The formation of club teams must meet all of the parameters found in Regulations 4 and 6 in the 2017 USATF Governance Handbook - Operating Regulations, found at: http://www.usatf.org/About/Bylaws---Operating-Regulations.aspx. USATF Association, Regional, or National “all-star” teams are not eligible to compete in Masters Long Distance Running Team competition. According to USATF Competition Rule 341.8: 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.
 
  1. Club affiliation. Athletes must be bona fide members of a 2018 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 online membership profile. An athlete's current affiliation can be viewed in their membership profile found at: http://www.usatf.org/Products---Services/Club-Memberships.aspx Note that this request must be made by the athlete at least one week prior to the date of the race. See Regulation 4 in the USATF Governance Manual for guidance.
 
  1. 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.
 
  1. Age 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 10 km Championships") written in it to: USATF National Office at 317-261-0514 no later than April 19, 2018 by 5:00 p.m. EDT. We cannot verify ages as part of the packet pick-up process for this event. Runners whose ages are incorrect at the time of the race are subject to possible protest and subsequent event disqualification.
 
  1. Masters Team Scoring. Masters Teams for all Road Race Championships shall be scored by time as follows: The team score shall be the aggregate official time of the scoring members. The team with the lowest aggregate time is the team winner. Team divisions for both Master Men and Master Women are: 40+, 50+, 60+, 70+ and 80+. For all Master Team divisions – three (3) individuals shall score for each team with a maximum of five (5) individuals declared per team. Each age division shall be scored separately by adding the official times of the top 3 declared team finishers. A runner may only be listed on a single team roster. We will score only complete teams.
 
  1. Incomplete Teams. USATF Rules indicate that when scoring by time; if a team fails to finish with a complete scoring team (i.e., less than 3 finishers), then that team shall not be scored. However, the team members who do finish shall be counted as individuals in the race results and shall be eligible to win individual awards.
 
  1. Ties. Ties between two or more teams within a division shall be resolved by determining which team last scoring member has the faster time. The team whose last scoring member (i.e., 3rd runner) has the faster time will be awarded the higher place. Individual runners who tie in official gun time rounded to the slower full second shall be resolved by the position of their torso at the finish line when viewed by the finish line camera. Ties in net times (when applicable) rounded to the slower full second shall not be broken.
 
  1. Master Team Declarations. Note that only five athletes are allowed to be on the final team declaration per team respective of team division. If you have listed more than five athletes on your team’s online declaration form, only the first five listed shall comprise your club's declared scoring team unless you revise your declaration form. You have until 4:30pm on Saturday, April 28, 2018 to revise your team declaration. A hard copy revision to final team declarations may be submitted in-person at packet pick-up. No email, phone or fax declarations will be accepted. Team revision forms will be available at packet pick-up. Questions should be directed to the Championship Referee.
 
  1. Drug Testing.  All competitors (including master competitors) are eligible for “in-competition” drug testing.  Any questions regarding prescriptions or other over-the-counter medication should contact The United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) at 1-888-233-0393. Note: If the 2018 USA Masters 8 km Championship is selected for drug testing, prize money checks will be mailed following our receipt of the drug testing results.  The race has no control over when the results of the drug tests are released, and we cannot release the prize money until we have official results as it can directly affect the distribution amounts.

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