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News and Notes, Volume 11, Number 19


In this issue:
1. Hersh selected IAAF Senior Vice President
2. USA Track & Field Foundation releases $30,000 to Team USA Distance Training Centers

Hersh appointed IAAF Senior Vice President

DAEGU, South Korea – In an IAAF Council meeting to help conclude the 2011 World Outdoor Championships, the IAAF selected USA Track & Field board member and IAAF Vice President Robert Hersh as its newest Senior Vice President. Hersh gained support of the council when he received the most votes of the four Vice Presidents nominated.

As Senior Vice President, Hersh will be responsible for presiding over the IAAF Council in the absence of the President. As a build-up to the World Championships, Hersh was the leading vote-getter and was re-elected as one of the four IAAF Vice Presidents.

A fixture surrounding American track and field for decades, Hersh was initially elected as an IAAF Vice President in 2007, when he was also appointed Chairman of the IAAF Competition Commission. He has been a member of the IAAF Council since 1999.

A graduate of Harvard Law School, Hersh will serve a four-year term as IAAF Senior Vice President.

USA Track & Field Foundation contributes $30,000 to USA Distance Project

Continuing its lead role in the USA Distance Project, the USA Track & Field Foundation has contributed $30,000 toward grants for six professional training groups in 2011.

Groups receiving grants in 2011 are the Mammoth Track Club (Mammoth Lakes, CA); Team USA Minnesota (Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN); Team USA Arizona (Flagstaff, AZ); ZAP Fitness (Lenoir, NC); Bay Area Track Club (Oakland, CA) and New Jersey/New York Track Club (New Brunswick, NJ).

Also supporting these training groups are the Houston Marathon Foundation, Twin Cities in Motion, and the New York Road Runners. The USA Distance Project in the last six years has contributed more than $1M toward the development of American distance runners.

“We applaud these premier training centers not only because they have fueled the surge in USA distance running performances,” said Jack Wickens, USATF Foundation Board member, “but also because they each have engaged their local communities and inspired America’s youth.”

For more information, or to contribute to the Distance Project, please visit the USA Track & Field Foundation website at or contact Tom Jackovic at (412) 398-2484 or

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