Based in Indianapolis, USA Track & Field (USATF) is the National Governing Body for track & field, long-distance running and race walking in the United States. USATF encompasses the world's oldest organized sports, the most-watched events of Olympic broadcasts, the No. 1 high school and junior high school participatory sport and more than 30 million adult runners in the United States.
USA Track & Field drives competitive excellence and popular engagement in our sport.
What we do
As the National Governing Body, USATF fulfills a range of critical leadership roles and functions for the sport, including:
Developing, selecting and leading Team USATF - the World's No. 1 team - at the Olympics, World Championships and scores of other international events each year. Roughly 700 athletes of all ages wear a Team USA uniform in any given year.
Establishing grassroots programs, such as the Junior Olympics, to help develop the future stars of the sport.
Promoting programs of training and competition for men and women and boys and girls of all ages.
Establishing and enforcing the rules and regulations of our sport.
Sanctioning more than 8,000 events each year.
Providing insurance to sanctioned events, member clubs and member-athletes.
Certifying race courses for accuracy and validating records.
Conducting Coaching Education courses to education coaches of all levels, across the country.
More than 130,000 Americans are members of USATF. Our member organizations include the NCAA, NAIA, Road Runners Club of America, Running USA and the National Federation of State High School Associations. Fifty-seven USATF Associations oversee the sport and its more than 3,000 clubs at the local level, with thousands of volunteers keeping track & field vibrant on the local and national levels.
From an organizational perspective, USATF has been one of the greatest financial success stories in sport, in 2017 reaching a record annual budget of more than $35 million, and in 2016 instituting a groundbreaking elite athlete revenue distribution plan to provide millions of dollars in additional financial support to Team USATF athletes.
This surge in revenue has coincided with a hefty increase in the number of track meets broadcast on television and TV ratings. USATF in 2016 announced a long-term broadcasting partnership with NBC Sports, ensuring broadcasting consistency on the world’s premier Olympic-sport network.
USATF Annual Meeting
Traditionally held the week following Thanksgiving, our Annual Meeting brings together more than 1,300 of the sport's officials, coaches, administrators, athletes and supporters. The yearly gathering serves as a forum to chart the future of our sport by considering policy changes, selecting national team staffs and Championship meet sites, and electing national officers.
But it is not all business. The Annual Meeting also gives us the opportunity to recognize the achievements of our sport's volunteers and athletes. Each year, USATF inducts a new class into the National Track & Field Hall of Fame and makes presentations for year-end award winners, including the Jesse Owens Award for the top American athletes.
Members attending the Annual Meeting have the opportunity to meet the sport's top stars, and USATF offers various social and recreational opportunities for attendees throughout the five-day event.
Check out the complete listing of our past and future Annual Meeting sites.
Membership - Join Us!
"Card-carrying" members of USATF become part of Team USATF and receive an array of Member Benefits, including insurance benefits, discounts on subscriptions to track and field and fitness-related magazines, and reduced prices on a variety of other items.
Members also can access the "Members Only" section of our website. The site offers information on every aspect of our sport, including elite athlete and Hall of Fame biographies, event information and results, late-breaking news and other topics of interest, in addition to vital membership details and contact information.
Perhaps most importantly, all of USATF's membership categories offer individuals the opportunity to show their support for our sport in the United States and to be actively involved with the programs and activities that keep us dominant throughout the world.
The pursuit of excellence may best characterize who we are and what we do, but it also reminds us that USA Track & Field is your organization. It begins - and ends - with you.
USA Track & Field
132 East Washington Street, Suite 800
Indianapolis, IN 46204