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Athlete Information


Entry Information:

You must be a 2019 USATF member to enter the Championships. If you do not have a 2019 membership, please complete a membership application first. You must also meet the eligibility requirements, as described below:

Entry Fees and Deadlines
Date Received Price
on or before 1/25/19 at 11:59 p.m. PST $45
on or before 1/29/19 at 11:59 p.m. PST $70
 

The entry fee for the Championships is $45. There is no additional fee for teams. Late entries incur an additional $25 late fee ($70 total) per athlete. Online entries must be paid for by credit card, Visa, Mastercard or Discover. All fees are non-transferable and non-refundable.

Team and Individual Entries

All team entries should be completed using the Team Entry module (located on the registration form as "Club Login for Team Registrations"). If athletes are not entered through the Team Entry module, the team must complete the Team Declaration form at packet pick-up in order to indicate its scoring runners and form a scoring team. Individuals not competing as part of a team should enter using the Individual Entry module (located on the registration form as "Individual Registration").

Entry Process


  • All athletes must enter via the online registration platform.
  • To enter the Championships online, you will be required to provide your 2019 USATF membership number. For entries close to the deadlines: although we will make every reasonable effort, we cannot guarantee responses to requests for passwords. Please enter early!
 

Declarations

Access to the USATF Club Management Area is available to the person listed as the main contact on your original yearly member club application form, as well as club coaches and club administrators as designated by the main club contact. To gain access to your club, email your club's main contact with your name, individual membership number, and role within the club. Note: access to the Management Area is limited to those people who are current individual members of USATF. If you joined as a new individual member instead of renewing, please e-mail your club's main contact person to have your new membership number attached to your club profile. You can find your club contact information at: https://www.usatf.org/clubs/search/

* If your club does not appear on the list, it may be because the club hasn't renewed for the current year. Please contact your local Association for more information.

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Eligibility Requirements


Clubs

  • All clubs must be registered with USATF for 2019. 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 membership (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 4 (Rule 341 for Masters). 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).
  • The formation of club teams must meet all of the parameters as noted in Regulations 4 and 6 in the USATF Governance Handbook, and the USATF Rules of Competition, specifically Rule 4 (Rule 341 for Masters). This will be strictly enforced.
  • Clubs must meet USATF Competition Rules when they enter the event and when they declare their teams. As teams enter or should any discrepancies be reported prior to the close of entries, the Games Committee will examine entries to ensure compliance and will make an effort to contact teams not in compliance before the declaration deadline.
  • If a team competes with an ineligible runner, a protest can be filed within one hour of the results being posted.

Pursuant to USATF Competition Rule 4.2, in Long Distance Running, Open Cross Country, and Open Track & Field Club competition, an athlete who is a non-resident member of an Association is eligible to compete for a team in that Association only if the athlete: a) resides in an adjoining Association within the government-defined Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) of a city which is primarily in the neighboring Association as approved by the appropriate sport committee or council; or b) has historical membership based upon Association residency (at least 3 continuous USATF membership years) is eligible to compete for that club.

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. 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.

Open Athletes


  • Only citizens of the United States are eligible to compete in these Championships.
  • Athletes must be 16 years or older on the day of competition.

Junior Athletes


  • Only citizens of the United States are eligible to compete in these Championships.
  • Athletes must be 14 years or older on the day of competition and may not become 20 years of age during the year of competition
  • 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 Cross Country Championships") written in it to: USATF National Office at 1-800-833-1466) no later than 3:00 p.m. ET on the day that late entry closes.  You may also scan the appropriate verification documents (passports, birth certificates, etc...) and email to membership@usatf.org.

Masters Athletes


  • Only 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 medals.
  • 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 without back numbers will be subject to disqualification.
  • 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 Cross Country Championships") written in it to: USATF National Office at 1-800-833-1466) by no later than 3:00 p.m. ET on the day that late entry closes.  You may also scan the appropriate verification documents (passports, birth certificates, etc...) and email to membership@usatf.org.

​All Athletes


  • All athletes must be U.S. citizens (with the exception of Master athletes, who may also be resident aliens).
  • All athletes must be 2019 members of USATF in good standing. USATF memberships may be purchased online or through your local Association Office.
  • Athletes will not be permitted to compete unless they have a 2019 USATF membership and completed the entry process.
  • Club affiliation: Athletes must be bona fide members of a 2019 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); this affiliation change is the athlete’s responsibility and must be completely prior to 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 email 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.

There are no performance standards to participate.


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Competition Schedule – subject to change


  • 8:30 am - Community 5 km
  • 9:15 am - Masters Men 8 km
  • 10:15 am - Masters Women 6 km
  • 11:00 am - Junior Women 6 km
  • 11:40 am - Junior Men 8 km
  • 12:20 pm - Senior Women 10 km
  • 1:10 pm - Senior Men 10 km
 

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Course Maps


 

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Course Preview


  • Where: Apalachee Regional Park, 7550 Apalachee Parkway, Tallahassee, FL 32311
  • Date: Friday, February 1, 2019
  • Hours: 12:00pm – 5:00pm
 

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Team Scoring

Team scoring at these championships shall be by place. USATF Rules indicate that when scoring by place:

a.    The team score shall be the total of the finishing positions of the scoring members. The team with the lowest total points is the team winner.

b.    Runners of incomplete teams, team entries not declared eligible for team scoring, and unattached or individual competitors will be eliminated from team scoring. Non-scoring declared members of complete teams shall retain their finishing positions and thereby displace other runners.

c.     When separate competitions are conducted simultaneously, each shall be scored independently. Runners on teams not eligible for a given competition will be eliminated from team scoring in that competition.

d.    In the event of a tie between two or more individual runners, each shall score the number of points determined by dividing the total of the finish places by the number of runners who have tied.

e.    If a team fails to finish with a complete scoring team, the team members finishing shall be counted as individuals in the race results and shall be eligible to receive individual awards.

f.     Ties between two or more teams shall be resolved in favor of the team whose last scoring member finishes nearer to first place.

Teams – Open Men, Open Women

Note that only six athletes are allowed to be on the final team declaration per event. The first six athletes listed alphabetically on your team's declaration shall comprise your club's declared team unless a team submits revisions to final team declarations in-person at packet pick-up no later than 5:00 p.m. EST, February 1, 2019. Declaration forms will be made available at packet pick-up.

Teams – Masters Men, Masters Women

Masters Men 40+, 50+:
A maximum of nine (9) individuals shall be declared per team (5 score).
Masters Men 60+, 70+, 80+:
A maximum of five (5) individuals shall be declared per team (3 score).
Masters Women 40+, 50+, 60+, 70+, and 80+: 
A maximum of five (5) individuals shall be declared per team (3 score).

Note that only five or nine athletes are allowed to be on the final team declaration per team respective of team division. If you have listed more than five/nine athletes on your team’s online declaration form, only the first five/nine athletes listed on your team's declaration shall comprise your club's declared team unless a revised team declaration is submitted at packet pick up by no later than 5 pm EST on February 1, 2019. Declaration forms will be made available at packet pick-up.

 
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Technical Meeting


  • Where: Salons A & B, DoubleTree by Hilton Tallahassee, 101 S. Adams Street, Tallahassee, FL 32301
  • Date: Friday, February 1, 2019
  • Hours: 7:00pm – 8:00pm
 
 
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Awards and Prize Money

Award ceremonies will be held after the protest period has expired for each of the races.

Masters Division

Awards: USATF Championship medals will be awarded to the top 3 men’s and women’s individual finishers in all 5-year age divisions, from 40-44 to 90+. Team awards will be given to the declared members of the first-, second-, and third-place men’s and women’s teams in each team division: 40+, 50+, 60+, 70+, and 80+. Championship patches will be awarded to the winners of each age division.

  Age Graded Age Graded All 5-Year Age Group Champions
Place Masters Men Masters Women Place Masters Men & Women
1st $1,000 $1,000 1st  $150
2nd $500 $500    
3rd $250 $250    
4th $150 $150    
5th $100 $100    
Total $2,000 $2,000   $3,000


Open Division

Awards: USATF Championship medals will be awarded to the top 10 men's and women's individual finishers in each Open Championship race. Team awards will be given to the declared members of the first-, second-, and third-place men's and women's team in each Open Championship race.

USATF Running Circuit: points will be awarded to the top ten finishers in each of the Open Championships as the USATF Cross Country Championships will serve as the first stop on the 2019 USATF Running Circuit.

Open Championship Prize Money
Place Open Men Open Women
1st $4,000 $4,000
2nd $2,500 $2,500
3rd $1,500 $1,500
4th $1,250 $1,250
5th $1000 $1000
6th $900 $900
7th $750 $750
8th $650 $650
9th $550 $550
10th $400 $400
Total  $       13,500  $             13,500
 
IAAF World Cross Country Stipend
Place Open Men Open Women
Team Member 1 $1,750 $1,750
Team Member 2 $1,750 $1,750
Team Member 3 $1,750 $1,750
Team Member 4 $1,750 $1,750
Team Member 5 $1,750 $1,750
Team Member 6 $1,750 $1,750
Total $10,500 $10,500

Full selection procedures for the Open IAAF World Cross Country Championship teams can be found here.

Junior Division

Awards: USATF Championship medals will be awarded to the top 10 men's and women's individual finishers in each Junior Championship race. Team awards will be given to the declared members of the first-, second-, and third-place men's and women's team in each Junior Championship race.

Full selection procedures for the Junior IAAF World Cross Country Championship teams can be found here.
 

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Packet Pick-up


  • Friday, February 1, 2019
  • Where: Grand Ballroom, DoubleTree by Hilton Tallahassee, 101 S. Adams Street, Tallahassee, FL 32301
  • Hours: 12:00pm – 8:00pm
 
  • Saturday, February 2, 2019
  • Where: Apalachee Regional Park, 7550 Apalachee Parkway, Tallahassee, FL 32311
  • Hours: 8:00am – 1:00pm


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Uniform Policy


Rule 253 of the USATF Competition Rules Book


APPAREL


  • The jersey or singlet worn by the members of a team in cross country 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. Because of the nature of cross country running, the preferences of individual athletes in certain weather situations will allow other apparel items to vary widely without penalty.

Individuals not complying with paragraph 1 may be disqualified from scoring for a team.

Questions regarding Masters team uniforms may be directed to the Master Championship Referee, Bill Quinlisk at billqxc@verizon.net

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