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News and Notes, Volume 11, Number 22

9/30/2011
 
1. U.S. men and women match up for USA 10 Mile Championships
2. USATF Foundation announces 19 Youth Club Grant recipients
3. USA Track & Field to offer increased sponsorship opportunities at Annual Meeting

USA Track & Field to offer increased sponsorship opportunities at Annual Meeting
USA Track & Field has taken steps to increase its exhibitor and sponsorship opportunities at the organization’s upcoming Annual Meeting, which will be held November 30-December 4 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in St. Louis, Mo.

An enhancement from 2010, USATF offers special sponsorship opportunities to accommodate a wide range of companies or products with package prices ranging for $750 to $7,500. USATF’s Annual Meeting consistently draws participants ranging from coaches to officials to athletes.

The exhibitor packages include the Standard Exhibitor package, which starts at $900, and the Premium Exhibitor Package, which starts at $1,200. These discounted rates are available for reservations made before October 9.

For more information regarding sponsorship or exhibitor opportunities please contact Christine Bowen, 858-952-3269 or at usatfexpo@gmail.com. Further information regarding these opportunities and other events along with information about the USATF Annual Meeting can be found by visiting http://www.usatf.org/events/2011/AnnualMeeting/.

USATF Foundation announces 19 Youth Club Grant recipients
The USA Track & Field Foundation Chairman Bob Greifeld and Executive Director Tom Jackovic announced today it has awarded 19 youth grants to track & field clubs throughout the country. The grants assist young male and female athletes with expenses such as travel to meets, equipment, uniforms, awards and facility rental.

"The Foundation takes as much satisfaction in providing opportunities for youth track & field athletes as anything we do,” noted Jackovic. “It will always be a priority."

We encourage youth track clubs and programs from all areas of the United States to apply for financial assistance. The Foundation favors the use of grant money to expand existing youth programs/clubs, to provide additional competitive opportunities for children and to enhance the experience for all participants. Preference is given to clubs that are based in low-income areas. It also favors programs that have a history of solid financial management, multiple funding sources and community support. Allowable expenses include equipment, uniforms, meet fees, travel, facility rental, staff and volunteer training, and outreach. Additionally, all grant recipients will be asked to promote and embrace the principles of USATF's Win With Integrity program.

The following youth clubs were approved to receive a Foundation grant:
  • A.G. Gaston (AL), $1500
  • Allegiance Track Club (OR), $1500
  • Carolina All-Stars (NC), $1500
  • Delmar Track & Field (NY), $500
  • El Paso Jets (TX), $500
  • El Paso Wings Track Club (TX), $1500
  • Evolution Track Club (NC), $1500
  • Fast Start Management, Inc. (FL), $1500
  • Fort Wayne Express Track Club (IN), $2500
  • Garden State Track Club (NJ), $2000
  • Hawks Track & Field Club (ME), $1000
  • Houston Synergy Track & Field (TX), $1000
  • Lima Striders Track Club (OH), $1500
  • Midas Track Club (PA), $1500
  • Rocky Mountain Flying Panther Track Club, Inc. (MT), $1500
  • Southern Minnesota Vault Club (MN), $1500
  • Speed Unlimited Track Club (WA), $1500
  • Team USA Arizona (AZ), $1500
  • Texas TITANS Track Team (TX), $1500

The USATF Foundation provides a means to attract and guide funds to new and innovative track & field programs with an emphasis on providing opportunities for youth athletes, emerging elite athletes, distance training centers and anti-doping education. The Foundation depends upon donations from its Board of Directors and from generous fans of track & field.

For more information or to contribute to the USA Track & Field Foundation, visit www.usatffoundation.org.

USA 10 Mile Championships offers “Equalizer” bonus
In preparation for Sunday’s USA 10 Mile Championships equalizer challenge, Twin Cities In Motion Executive Director Virginia Brophy Achman announced Friday that the U.S. women’s field will start seven-minutes before the men’s field.

Based on past Medtronic TC 10 Mile course results, as well as the outcomes from a number of Championship races and ten-mile records, the "Equalizer" allows elite women to start ahead of elite men, resulting in a new and innovative competition format, and a dramatic "battle of the sexes" race to the finish. The first person, man or woman, across the line will win a $10,000 bonus.

“It adds some excitement to the race,” said four-time USA 10 mile champion Abdi Abdirahman. “Seven minutes is a lot of time so I don't know if I'm going to try to chase the women from the start but if I seem them at the end, my eyes will get big and then it's on.”

The USA 10 Mile Championships are hosted by the Medtronic TC 10 Mile and will be webcast live beginning at 7:00 a.m. CDT at www.USARunningCircuit.com.




Katie Branham
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