Women's Long Distance Running Committee 2007 Minutes
Women’s Long Distance Running Executive Committee
Thursday, November 29
Present: Virginia Brophy Achman, Kelly Flathers,
Guests: Dee Jensen, Jim Estes, Fred Finke
The meeting was called to order by Elizabeth Phillips at 11:03am.
Although schedules for the Annual Meeting WLDR sessions were distributed to
the committee prior to this session via e-mail,
She enumerated the many pluses that the athletes and their families and
friends would enjoy at the Women’s Trials. The host hotel,
the Sheraton at
She encouraged everyone to go to the website to see which athletes have
already registered. Since quite a bit of the marathon course in also part of the
Tufts 10K course, many of our trials qualifiers who ran the Tufts 10K
Championship this past October got a good look at what they could expect at the
trials. They were treated by the BAA to a bus tour of the
course as well as a special goody bag which included a technical fabric tee
shirt and CD tour of the marathon course.
He had prepared a list of qualifiers which included their state of residence, the state in which they qualified, as well as their home state.
At this point there are 18 women who qualified with the USATF “A” standard,
giving them an all expenses paid trip to the trials. Those
interested in seeing what Women’s Olympic Marathon Trials merchandise is
available were directed to the website. Jim also reported that he is still
working on TV coverage for the event.
She also reminded everyone that, on the following morning, the WLDR committee would be hosting the Fun Run/Walk for recuperating WLDR executive committee member and athlete Jenny Crain.
Several committee members volunteered to be pace group leaders, others volunteered to collect money, design and distribute flyers, and stir up interest in the event.
A starting time of 6am was set for the run/ walk with the distance at the participant’s discretion - somewhere from 20 minutes to an hour. There would be no entry fee or timed results, but donation to the Jenny Fund would be most graciously accepted. Participants would be offered the opportunity to write a short note to Jenny to express their concern and encouragement as she works to return to good health.
Seconded by Mickey Piscitelli.
WLDR Session 1
Friday, November 30
Seconded by Irene Herman.
Bob Hersch reported that the IAAF had created a separate appointed Road
Running Commission. He expressed the frustration of getting
bidders for events which traditionally are not big revenue producers.
This had been especially true in the event formerly known as the World
Half Marathon. This coming year the Half Marathon will be in
1) Stick with the Half Marathon distance
2) Hold the race in conjunction with another existing and prospering
3) Promote the event
It was seconded by Mickey Piscitelli.
WLDR Session 2
Friday November 30
In Kathy Nary’s absence,
We had one of the greatest teams ever assembled for the Yokohama International Women’s Ekiden where we posted our highest finish place ever. Team members were Jen Rhines, Deena Kastor, Carrie Tollefson, Amy Rudolph, Katie McGregor, Elva Dryer. Alternate was Jenny Crain. Team Coach was Terence Mann and Team Leader was Kathy Nary.
Athletes Chris Lundy (7th in 2:51:58) and Emily Mortensen (8th in 3:02:00)
In the past the Ekidens were contested with separate women’s and men’s events. This was not the case for the November 23rd Chiba Ekiden. The format for this year’s event featured a mixed team of men and women running six alternating legs for a total of 42.195 km.
Team Coach Todd Williams and Team Leader LeeAnn Meyer escorted the team of 4
men and 4 women. LeeAnn gave a report which included a scrap book with lots of
pictures and memorabilia. LeeAnn happily reported that
everything went “like clockwork”. They marched in the opening
ceremonies behind an American flag into a stadium filled with spectators.
The event was televised all over
Ann Alyanak (31st: 2:42:23) led Team
IAAF Road Running Championship in October in
USA Women’s Olympic Trails Marathon in CVS Downtown 5K: 9/21/08 * *TCM 10 Mile (New Event!): 10/5/08 Tufts 10K: 10/13/08 10/12/09
USA Women’s Olympic Trails Marathon in
CVS Downtown 5K: 9/21/08
*TCM 10 Mile (New Event!): 10/5/08
Tufts 10K: 10/13/08 10/12/09
Fifth Third River Bank Run 25K: 5/10/08
Fifth Third River Bank Run 25K: 5/10/08
Will made a motion to accept the list of bids as presented.
Seconded by LeeAnn Meyer.
With the approval of these bids, 2008 will be the year in which American women will have the greatest number of national championship ever contested.
Will also mentioned that he anticipated a 2009 bid coming in from the organizers of the Twin Cities Marathon.
Vice Chair Kim Keenan-Kirkpatrick reported on developments in the Athlete Advisory sessions that she had attended. There was lots of discussion regarding the upcoming Olympics with respect to the nutritional needs of the athletes as well as air quality.
On May 16 there will be a USOC informational summit for the athletes.
She also mentioned the upcoming Track & Field Trials in
Nina Kuscsik speaking about her sessions with Law & Legislation reported that the all sports committees have changed their name to sport committee.
She also explained that in the IAAF there is a women’s committee, cross-country committee and walking committee.
Apparently Jim Sherrer (USOC rep) criticized the size of the USATF board. It currently stands at 28-31 members. He believes that it should be restructured to have 11 people. USATF is opposed to this change.
There was discussion regarding championships which encompass both youth & masters competition. There appears to be a need to better advertise said events.
She also reported that Lamont Jones was working on a boiler-plate for bylaws and that deadline for submission is Oct 15, 2008.
Irene also reminded everyone that if there is a youth component of your club, you must send communications (e-mail and otherwise) to the athlete and not to their coach.
She also reminded us that we should be using the newly adopted USATF logo.
She mentioned that there was a new staff person, Kristina Hervey, at the national office.
It was Christina who designed the logo for this year’s Annual Meeting.
Irene also mentioned that a new benefit to USATF members would be the opportunity to purchase a “bundle” subscription to both Runner’s World & Running Times magazines for a tiny fraction of the cover prices.
Regarding the progress with the mandatory criminal background checks, all but two associations have complied.
In 2007 out of 9300 certified track and field officials, only 2000 are USATF members.
80% of the events that we officiate are not sanctioned events.
There is work being done to develop a wrap-around policy that will cover an official at both sanctioned & non-sanctioned events. Irene is cautiously optimistic that this will be realized in the near future.
Barbara Palma, our representative to Officials and Organizational services, reported that it had been fairly quiet with only one committee (Youth) requesting help with elections.
For rules changes and amendments she reminded the group to visit www.usatfofficials.com
Barb reiterated that if you are a USATF member working a sanctioned meet you are covered by the USATF insurance.
Also, starting the next Olympiad, officials must be USATF certified.
Bill Mc Kee returned to advise the group that the rule about allowing both sexes to compete in the same event (longer than 5000 meters) had passed.
He reminded us that what has come to be known as the “headphones” rule will be up for review next year.
Dee Jensen who serves on an NCAA task force reported that there has been a trend to eliminate track & field programs. Some of the funds made available as a result of the loss of these programs have made their way into men’s basketball and football programs. She reminded us that we should be vocal and attempt to halt this movement. It is extremely difficult to resurrect a program one it has been dropped.
It was seconded by Will Lindgren.
WLDR Session 3
Saturday, December 1
Chair Elizabeth Phillips called the meeting to order at 2pm.
Nina Kuscsik reported on what was happening in the Law & Legislation sessions which she had attended. She brought item R4b to our attention. She stated that we already had representation in the Road Running Council and Cross Country, but no representation in the Women’s Committee. She declared and we confirmed that this was not an issue.
Julie McKinney updated those present on happenings in the High Performance sessions.
She reminded us that the focus in 2007 was to get our athletes “to the podium” in the
Worlds and Olympics and that it is to that end that the majority of the
funding is directed. Regarding the Olympic women’s marathon, 13 of our women
have run the Olympic A standard of 2:37. That time must have been
run on one of the 30 courses on the list of approved races. She reported that
Julie reminded us of another focus of the high performance group was to encourage and facilitate the conduction of summits. She mentioned how in June Dr. David Martin developed a “biomechanistic” or “science -based” program for the athletes and their coaches.
The particulars of
Julie also mentioned that there are several programs that fall under the
umbrella of the high performance group that would benefit athletes currently
specializing in the 5K and 10k distances. Video taping of the
events is taking place and is enabling athletes to analyze their form. In
addition, genome testing was being conducted at
She also informed the group about another project regarding ground contact time. The theory being that the less time one’s foot has contact with the ground, the faster one runs.
She reminded the group about the upcoming summit in May in
Association Athlete Development Program Chair LeeAnn Meyer reminded us that a form would be sent to all AADP contact persons in all associations in January. She reiterated that the program is no longer limited to look for “developmental”athletes. In the past many associations have had selection races as a means of identifying athletes for the program. We are now leaning more toward looking at nominating the athlete from a pool of qualified talent. She urged all to update the AADP contact person information on the association website so that e-mail correspondence would be directed most efficiently. She was proud to announce that all national championships for 2008 will have AADP participation.
LeeAnn Meyer received prolonged applause as a symbol of appreciation for her 20 years of leadership and service to AADP.
Nancy Hobbs of the Mountain, Ultra and Trail Council updated us on the running division’s success. MUT will enjoy a very exciting year with 10 championships being contested for 2008. This is their greatest number to date. Loyal sponsor of 6 years, Teva, has signed on for 3 more years of sponsorship.
Highlights of the year were an individual first place for the women, team gold medal and a silver medal for the junior girls.
outreach for those who have already signed up. They are working very hard on
getting TV coverage for the race. We have 145 women at this point in time who qualify to enter the competition. Regarding the course itself, he mentioned that the only significant hill occurred in the first loop which the runners encounter only once.
Four miles of it is on the Tufts 10K course. During their tours on Tufts weekend, qualifiers were given the opportunity to view the turnaround points and the general flow of the course. He assured us that a JumboTron TV would be erected near the finish line area. He also stated that the officials are all USATF certified officials. He assured us that we are most definitely in good hands with the BAA as their reputation for excellence precedes them.
He noted that the host hotel – the Sheraton – was very close to both the start line and finish line of the race.
The race start time is set for 8:30am. On Sunday, April 20, 2008.
Since the Expo for the Boston Marathon on Monday is located nearby we can expect lots of spectator traffic from that event. He also stated that the BAA has made it easy for people to find out more about out marathon trials by providing a direct link from their website www.baa.org . When asked if there was anything else we wanted from him we asked him to “guarantee great weather”. He smiled and said he’d work on it.
A motion was made by
He said that participation is on the upswing and pointed out that New
Virginia Brophy Achman of
The motion was seconded by Virginia Brophy Achman.