September 14, 2004
IAU Congress, Winschoten, 10 September 2004
Report for USATF/MUT
Items 1 & 2 were distributed but not discussed.
1. The first IAU 50 km Open Challenge will be held in Palermo, Sicily on 17 October 2004 as part of the Palermo Supermarathon. The organizers are offering a travel grant of 500 Euro plus room and board to federation that send a team of three.
Contact is Geraldine Stewart,
2. Harry Arndt, IAU Director of Competitions, distributed draft guidelines and regulations for IAU 100km and 24hr championships. These will be posted on the IAU website for review and he would like feedback prior to the next congress, at which the new rules would be approved. I also have a paper copy of the proposed rules and can send a photocopy to interested people, but a summary follows.
In general, the rules would require a championship race to be approved by the host nation's federation, and the local race organizers would have to submit proof of (A) qualification to organize such a race, and (B) a sufficient budget, including travel and accommodation.
The IAU Technical delegate would be named to the LOC, to ensure that IAAF rules and IAU guidelines are met. The LOC can establish a team of race referees and judges; otherwise the IAU Technical Committee would take on the task of ensuring that IAAF/IAU rules are followed. In particular, rules to be enforced are:
-no aid outside the defined zones (this will include outlawing the use of radios with earpieces as used in bicycle racing to provide information) (SC notes: in this year's 100km WC, I was running in a pack with Mario Ardemagni, Mario Fattore and Valmir Nunes for more than 40 km, and they were accepting sponges and water outside the official aid zones many times but no one protested).
-an athlete that breaks one of these rules once will be warned officially with a yellow card, and disqualified for infractions after a yellow card.
100 km courses must be closed to traffic on a loop, preferably 10km but up to a maximum of 25 km per loop. Exceptions to these rules could be granted on a course-by-course evaluation.
24 hr road courses must be 1 km to 2 km. Long courses will require more judges to mark final positions of runners on partial laps.
Courses must be on 'well fastened asphalted roads' (SC notes: about 2 km or more of the Winschoten course was brick, and a good bit is asphalt footpaths). Start and finish should be at the same point; if not, the maximum elevation difference cannot exceed 0.1% (100m for 100km). The maximum total climb is 0.5% or 500m in 100km (this disallows some well known races such as Del Passatore Firenza-Faenza.
Course measurement must follow IAAF rules, be submitted at least 3 months in advance, and be confirmed on race day after barriers, etc. are in place.
Timing follows IAAF rules.
Results must be published as the race progresses on an information board, including interim results for lap splits.
Protests and appeals follow IAAF rules, to a jury composed of one member nominated by IAU, one from the host federation, and one nominated at the technical meeting, plus a nonvoting secretary.
IAAF procedure guidelines for doping control must be followed. Champions or record-setters of both sexes must be tested, 3 of each sex at minimum must be tested, and athletes refusing tests are DQed.
3. Welcomes by Mayor of Winschoten, Roelof Veld of KNAU (Dutch federation), Pierre Weiss of IAAF and Malcolm Campbell of IAU.
4. President's report by Malcolm Campbell and voting on agenda items.
i. IAAF Competition Grant of $40,000 annual
ii. IAAF Admin Grant of $10,000 annual
iii. Some small additional income from advertising in newsletter and website
iv. Plan to begin charging federations a membership fee, also plan to begin charging for IAU newsletter.
v. Net assets at end of year were $1252
vi. The next IAAF grants will be paid 01/05. M. Campbell will cover costs of maintaining (his own) IAU office until new president establishes his own.
All of the minor wording changes proposed to the IAU constitution were approved without opposition. Also approved without opposition were:
vii. Secretary will be member of Executive Committee.
viii. Current rules require 2/3 majority to change constitution. Because poorer federations do not always attend, this is difficult to obtain even if voters present are unanimous. Therefore voted to change requirement to simple majority. This was adopted to affect all further votes mentioned below.
ix. Council members quitting before term expires can be replaced as needed at the next Congress.
x. President. Dirk Strumane (BEL) was elected. His vision statement focused very much on the perspective of the race organizer. This is not surprising as his background is 2X organizer of 100 km WC, but he does not have a competition background (he began running as part of stopping smoking). He also emphasized marketing and communication, revitalizing the IAU committees, maintaining and developing IAAF ties, and building into track and trail competitions. Defeated were Gerard Stanger (FRA), the current VP, and Tomas Rusek (CZE). Stanger's statement emphasized the importance of having obtained WR status for the 100km road from IAAF, stat keeping, and budget and treasury issues. Rusek's statement emphasized his past as both an athlete and race organizer (including the upcoming WC in Brno) and focusing on making the races themselves as good as possible.
xi. Vice President. Roelof Veld (NED) was elected, unopposed. The material he distributed emphasized his background as Dutch record holder at distances from 3000m SC to marathon, his experience as a race director, and his role in KNAU, the Dutch federation. Stanger was visibly upset at not being elected President, and immediately withdrew his name from consideration for VP. Strumane had already been elected President.
xii. Director of Development. Soto Rojas (ESP) was elected unopposed after Jan Vandendrieesche withdrew his name. Rojas has been RD for more than 125 ultras in Spain, Mexico and other Spanish-speaking nations.
xiii. Director of Competitions. Harry Arndt (GER) was elected unopposed. Arndt has been head of the German federation for many years, has been RD for large races, and was a sub 6:50 100 km runner. He has been filling the role of Director of Competitions recently with good reviews.
xiv. Director of Organizations. Jan Vandendrieesche (BEL) was elected unopposed, as Strumane and Veld had already been elected to higher posts.
xv. Director of Asian Affairs. Souhei Kobayashi (JPN) was elected unopposed to remain in this post. He is heavily involved in preparations for the 2005 100 km WC.
xvi. General Secretary. Hilary Walker (GBR) was elected unopposed, continuing her role as the longtime secretary with M. Campbell. Walker will now be on the Executive Committee, following the constitutional amendment described above.
xvii. Area Group Representative/Europe. After 6 consecutive votes in which there was no opposition standing, Norman Wilson (GBR) and Roger Bonifait (FRA) were in contention for this position, on which only European federations could vote. There was no vote, as it was proposed that the jointly share the post, and they both agreed (it seemed a little reluctantly). Europe still gets only one vote.
The proposed members of the Technical Committee (including Nancy Hobbs, who was nominated by the IAU council and supported by USATF), Records Committee, and Arbitration Panel were unanimously accepted without discussion.
5. Ultramarathon track races and championships. This issue was brought up for discussion but no voting. The IAU wants to promote more track racing at ultra distances, because there are now so few races. The IAAF strongly supports this initiative. Pierre Weiss and Otto Klappert of the IAAF emphasized that IAAF looks favorably on giving patronage to track championships soon. A committee has been appointed by IAU to pursue races and championships as soon as possible.
6. Ultramarathon Trail Championships. This issue was brought up for discussion but no voting. The IAU wants to promote trail racing, but in particular wants to explore tapping into the popularity of trail racing in the US to establish world championships. IAU has appointed a committee to investigate this, headed by Nancy Hobbs (as a board member of WMRA and chair of USATF/MUT, Nancy was selected by IAU for this position). The IAAF (as represented by Pierre Weiss, who is the IAAF liaison for both IAU and WMRA) will probably not give patronage to Ultra trail championships until IAU has run them for a few years as IAU championships. Among European delegations, it appears there is a little less of a move to trail racing than has been the case in the US. It seems likely that the US can take a leading role in this area, based on statements by IAU (Campbell) and IAAF (Weiss). Weiss noted that 'these things don't happen overnight', but emphasized that IAAF knows Nancy Hobbs well from WMRA and expects that this will progress well.
Pierre Weiss explained the origins of this initiative. A race independently approached the IAAF to request championship status. This led IAAF to discuss the issue of trail championships with both IAU and WMRA. These discussions led to a mutual agreement that WMRA would control trail championships under IAAF up to the marathon, while IAU would control trail championships beyond the marathon. WMRA already has IAAF patronage for the WMRT, but could pursue longer championships (e.g. trail marathon). IAU has no trail championships yet, but IAAF expects IAU to develop some, and IAU seems enthusiastic about this.
7. Masters road ultra championships. World Masters will be held on odd years, and European Veteran Athlete's Association EVAA championships will be held in even years. This mutual agreement was reached to avoid splitting limited competition into two championships in a given year.
8. Malcolm Campbell was appointed Honorary Life President and given a diploma.