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Entry Information

You must be a 2008 USATF member to enter the Olympic Trials.  If you do not have a 2008 membership, please complete a membership application first. You must also be a U.S. citizen and meet the eligibility requirements and qualifying standards.

Separate entry information is available for the Masters Invitational events.

Important Documents

Entry Status

To check the status of your entry, including declarations, visit the Status of Entries page (statuses are updated hourly).


Entry Information

Entry Deadline and Fee

Date Received Entry Fee
before or on 6/15/08 at 11:59 p.m. ET $25

The entry fee for the Olympic Trials is $25 per athlete.  There is no late entry period (see entry appeals process below).  All fees are non-transferable and non-refundable.

Entry Forms

Online entries must be paid for by credit card ("Visa, the only card accepted by USATF") or electronic funds transfer ("electronic check").

Entry Process

  • Online entry is the only method of entry. No other form of entry will be accepted.
  • A 2008 USATF membership is required to enter (please join online if you are not a member).
  • To enter online, you will be required to provide your 2008 USATF membership number and password (click here to retrieve your password if you don't know it).
  • Athletes will receive a confirmation page at the end of the entry process; please print a copy of the entry confirmation as proof of entry.
  • A Help Line is available for those who need help with the entry process. For assistance call 317-713-4689 during normal business hours, 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday.
  • For entries close to the deadlines: although we will make every reasonable effort, we cannot guarantee responses to requests for passwords. Please enter early!

Entry Appeals Process

  • There is no late entry period. An appeals process will be available for those athletes who wish to make an appeal after the entry deadline. Appeals must be made on or before June 20, 2008 at 5:00 p.m. ET.
  • Appeals may be filed by calling 317-713-4689 during normal business hours, 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. ET, Monday - Friday. However, please note that submission of an appeal does not guarantee entry into the Olympic Trials. Results of appeals will show on the Status of Entries page. No other notice will be given.
  • Appeals must be accompanied by a non-refundable $250 appeals fee, payable by credit card only. "Visa, the only card accepted by USATF."

Declarations Information

Declaration Deadlines and Fees

A rolling declarations process will be used. An athlete must declare entry into an event no later than 11:59 p.m. ET, two days prior to the first round of that event.

Date Received
6/18/08 through (the day for your event--see declaration schedule) at 11:59 p.m. ET

There is no late declaration period (see declaration appeals process below).

Declaration Forms

Declaration Process

Once properly entered, all athletes must complete the declaration process. This process confirms your intention to compete in the Olympic Trials and allows you to update your qualifying mark, which ensures your meet eligibility and provides for accurate seeding.

  • Online is the only method of declaration. No other form of declaration will be accepted.
  • A rolling declarations process will be used. An athlete must declare entry into an event no later than 11:59 p.m. ET, two days prior to the first round of that event.
  • Declarations will be accepted per the rolling declaration schedule beginning on June 18, 2008 at 12:01 a.m. ET. There is no late declaration period (see declarations appeal process).
  • Athletes may declare at any time within the declaration period but no later than the declaration deadline for their event.
  • Each athlete or his representative must declare whether that athlete will or will not compete. The person declaring may submit any corrected or improved mark.
  • Athletes not declaring by the event declaration deadline will be scratched.
  • To declare online, you will be required to provide your 2008 USATF membership number and password (click here to retrieve your password if you don't know it).
  • A Help Line is available for those who need help with the declaration process. For assistance call 317-713-4657 during normal business hours, 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday during June 18-23, or 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. PT Monday - Friday during June 24 - July 2.
  • For declarations close to the deadlines: although we will make every reasonable effort, we cannot guarantee responses to requests for passwords. Please declare early!

Declaration Appeals Process

  • No late declarations will be accepted. An appeals process will be available for those athletes who wish to declare after the close of declarations for their event. Appeals must be made on or before 12:00 noon PT on the day after declarations close for the event in question (note that Pacific Times are used here due to the location of the Appeals Team).
  • Appeals for late declaration will be accepted from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon PT on the day after declarations close for the event in question.
  • Appeals may be filed by calling 317-713-4657. However, please note that submission of an appeal does not guarantee acceptance into the Olympic Trials. Results of appeals will show on the Status of Entries page. No other notice will be given.
  • Appeals must be accompanied by a non-refundable $250 appeals fee, payable by credit card only. "Visa, the only card accepted by USATF."
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