The Charles Ruter Award is given annually to the Outstanding Running Event Official.
The Charles Ruter Award was established at the National Convention in 1998. The National Officials Executive Committee established the following criteria to receive the Charles Ruter Award at the Mid-Year Meeting in 2006:
All the nominees for the Charles Ruter Award will be presented to the National Officials Executive Committee by the Awards Sub-Committee. The Awards Sub-Committee will be divided into five areas with the committee members serving as the Area Representative for the assorted Association of USATF that make up each zone. The Awards Committee Area Reps will canvass their respective areas through recommendations from other USATF Certified Officials, Association Officials Certification Chairs and from Association Presidents for candidates for the Charles Ruter Award. Once approved by the Area Reps these names, along with letters of recommendation of his/her accomplishments are to be sent to the National Officials Committee Vice-Chair of Awards who will then present them to the National Officials Executive Committee. The Charles Ruter Award winner will then be determined by a vote of the National Officials Committee Executive Committee at the annual mid-year summer meeting. The winner of the Charles Ruter Award will be presented at the Annual USATF Convention.