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About the Visa Championship Series

What is the Visa Championship Series?

The Visa Championship Series is a prestigious series of nationally televised USA Track & Field (USATF) competitions featuring the very best track & field athletes from Team USA, the World's #1 Track Team. It brings the speed, strength, excitement and fun of track & field directly to fans around the country, allowing them to experience first hand the world's most popular sport.

$100,000 up for grabs

In addition to providing more than $1 million in prize money and athlete-support dollars, the Visa Championship Series gives U.S. athletes the chance to win $100,000 in bonus monies during the indoor and outdoor seasons. Outdoors, top American athletes will compete at six elite track meets during the 2005 season for prize money and the chance to share the $50,000 outdoor season jackpot.

The male and female athlete with the top overall performance in the 2005 Visa Championship Series will be named Visa Champion and receive a $25,000 bonus. In addition, each Visa Champion will be awarded an invitation of their choice to a premiere Visa-sponsored event. The top performances will be determined by assigning point totals to performances, using the IAAF Scoring Tables of Athletics. Fans can keep track of the Race for the Championship by visiting the Standings page of this Web site.

Assisting athletes with gold-medal dreams

In conjunction with becoming the title sponsor of what was formerly the Golden Spike Tour, Visa extended its relationship with USATF through the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. The expanded involvement of Visa in USATF elite athlete development continues Visa's long-standing commitment to helping USATF develop the country's preeminent track and field athletes. At the same time, it helps Visa engage its Member financial institutions and merchant partners to build their business in Olympic-related marketing activities and events between Olympic Games.

Visa has been a proud sponsor of USATF since 1988, and has already played a crucial role in athlete development in the men's decathlon and women's pole vault events in which the United States has broken world records and won gold medals, including at the 1996 and 2000 Olympic Games, as well as the 1999, 2001 and 2003 World Outdoor Championships.

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