Women's Long Distance Running Committee 2012 Minutes
Friday, November 30, 2012 General Session #1 8am WLDR
The session was called to order at 8:05am.
Chair Virginia Brophy Achman welcomed those in attendance and invited everyone to introduce the association or organization that they were representing.
Secretary Mickey Piscitelli made a motion to accept the minutes of the 2011 Annual Meeting which had been posted in the USATF online document library. Kathy Nary seconded. Unanimously accepted.
Mickey named the recipients of the two WLDR bestowed annually. By virtual of being the top point earner in our USA Running Circuit, Janet Cherobon-Bawcom was named the 2012 WLDR Runner of the Year. She was our national champion for the 15K, 25K, and 10 mile distances. This is Janet’s second consecutive year winning our WLDR award. The Houston Marathon Committee was selected as the collective winner of our Marja Bakker Contributor of the Year Award. Virginia reviewed all of the detailed planning and careful execution of duties which contributed to the success of the USA Olympic Team Trials – Women’s Marathon last January by their committee members and numerous volunteers. Maddie Bunch, a Houston Marathon Committee Executive Board member, will be accepting the award on behalf of the HMC.
Secretary Mickey Piscitelli reminded the group that the 4 years of Virginia’s term as WLDR chair had come to a close and that any nominations from the floor would be made during the second WLDR session at 3pm that afternoon. Virginia had already made her intentions known that she was interested in serving as chair for another 4 year term. If no one else was nominated from the floor during the afternoon session and she thereby was the only candidate, she could be declared chair by acclimation.
Mickey reminded all of those present that the attendance document circulating among them listed the name of the voting member for each association and that if they were the one planning to vote and were not the name listed, they needed to get a note from their association president (or if not onsite, their designee) that names them as well as the name of the person they would be replacing as the voting member. One party immediately handed the secretary a note as described.
The actual voting, if needed, would take place on the following morning, Saturday, from 7-11am at the same location as the general elections.
Kathy Nary reported on our two international competitions.
The first was the IAAF World half Marathon in Kavarna, Bulgaria on October 6. The team leader was Julie McKinney. The athletes were:
Maegan Krifchin 13th 1:12:29
Adriana Nelson 18th 1:13:30
Shalane Flanagan 25th 1:14:41
Michelle Frey 32nd 1:16:55
Alvina Begay 33rd 1:16:58
Team USA finished 5th out of 9 teams
The second was the Chiba Ekiden in Chiba, Japan on November 23. The team leader was Magdalena Lewy Boulet. There was a mixed men’s and women’s team. The athletes were:
Stage #1: 5km Men James Strang 14:06 (9th)
Stage #2: 5km Women Chelsea Reilly 15:29 (3rd)
Stage #3: 10km Men Jacob Riley 28:46 (2nd)
Stage #4: 5km Women Emma Kertesz 16:25 (3rd)
Stage #5: 10km Men Galen Rupp 28:20 (1st)
Stage #6: 7.195km Women Neely Spence 23:30 (3rd)
Alternate for the women: Mattie Suver
The question was raised about how an athlete might earn their way onto Team USA. Kathy responded that the criteria for competing at an international competition is on the USATF website and those athletes are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the criteria for specific competitions in which they have an interest.
Julie McKinney, our team leader for the World Half Marathon, was present to share some of the details of her experience. The athletes traveled to the race site just a few days before the competition. Race day was a warm day in the 70s and some athletes did suffer from the heat and humidity. The question was raised as to whether or not the athletes could arrive to the competition site earlier so as to be better rested and recovered from the long travel. It was stated that those decisions are made by personnel at the National Office.
Bob Hersh, IAAF Senior Vice President, informed the group that the next World Half Marathon will be contested in Copenhagen in the spring of 2014. In the future, organizers hope to tie the World Half Marathon into an already existing big city event. Organizers have been taking part in preliminary discussions with potential hosts. Currently the World Half Marathon is contested every two years in an even numbered year. Bob posed the question, “Can we go back to making it an annual event?” His response to his own question was “Maybe, we’ll see.”
Bob also reported that there have been changes made to the regulations regarding the gold, silver & bronze label series. The attempt is being made for more interaction with AIMS to establish a mutually beneficial relationship between IAAF and road running community. AIMS is a 320 member based organization of more than 95 of the world’s leading distance races, from over countries & territories. Their objectives are to foster and promote distance running throughout the world and to exchange information, knowledge, and expertise among members of the association.
In addition, the question “Will the drug suspension time-frame change from 2 years to 4 years for the first offense?” It was his view that the World Anti-Doping Code may be amended for serious first offenses and in that case the proposal has a very good chance of being passed.
As expected, there was some criticism from the athletes regarding the Olympic marathon course in London, but Bob reiterated that the course was indeed designed to showcase the city of London and it did succeed on that level.
L&L: Operating Procedures
Nina Kuscsuk had worked on reviewing the current Operating Procedures for the WLDR Committee and asked for a consensus regarding her suggestions for amending/modifying. There was consensus. Kelly Flathers offered to organize a committee to study some of the “language”. She planned to do that before the end of the annual meeting.
Athlete Development Program
Linda Barnhart gave a quick description of the ADP and its mission. The goal of the Athlete Development Program is to assist in the development of GREAT American distance runners. The ADP has been a vital part of USATF since 1993. It is a program which enables Men’s and Women’s LDR Committees to work collaboratively to provide emerging elite athletes the ability to experience competition at the national level. The ADP provides the athletes with $150 travel stipend, shared room for two nights, ground transportation, meals, and a waived entry to selected USA Championship races. USATF associations are encouraged, whenever possible, to match ADP stipends awarded to their athletes.
In order for a female athlete to be eligible, they must:
(1) Be a USATF member for the current year
(2) Be a US citizen between the ages of 18-29 post scholastic
(3) Have met one of the times standards on a certified course:
1 mile 4:48.50 or better
10 mile 58:45
Half M 1:18:30
Athletes are encouraged to visit: http://www.usatf.org/groups/RoadRunning/elite/ADP.asp for a listing of the year’s championship events and an ADP application.
Linda can be reached at lindabarnhart@coxnet if further clarification is needed.
Some athletes in their 30s questioned the upper age parameter established for the ADP. Linda explained that the ADP is specifically for those younger post-collegiate runners. Scott Keenan, Race Director of Grandma’s Marathon and Half Marathon, and other race directors in the room countered that older athletes do have many opportunities to be awarded monetary assistance to a certain race by searching that race website. Many race directors have funds allocated to elite athletes based on that athletes PR at their race distance. There was a lot of good discussion generated by Linda’s report.
Irene Herman, our liaison to Associations, reported on the 2012 Association workshop which was held on August 19th in Pittsburgh. There were 142 participants representing 52 associations. Irene described that the focus of the workshop was on “Communications” and a “branding” plan which would ensure uniformity throughout the 57 associations in terms of logo identification, clothing, and events. Via the company, Delivera, USATF has a free e-mail marketing system. One would be able to download specific membership files (maybe LDR) and import it to a .csv file to upload the e-mail address. This will enable you to then create, send, and track the outgoing mail. Headers will be created by USATF.
Mountain, Ultra, Trail Council
Nancy Hobbs, chair of the MUT council, reported that they had great success during 2012.
Team and Individual medals for the women were earned as follows:
100K Team Gold-Women Overall Women Individual Gold
24 Hour Team Gold-Women Overall Women Individual Silver
Mountain Running Team (NACAC) Team Gold-Women Overall Women Individual Gold/Silver/Bronze
Mt. Running Team (World Champs) Team Gold-Women Overall Women Individual Bronze
World Team Gold across the board for the women!!
Nancy is very pleased with the way the MUT council has expanded the use of social media to widen the reach of the USATF brand. Through the use of Google+, Twitter, and Facebook the number of online followers has exploded. They are also doing Google "On Air Hangouts" which allow the broadcast of live interviews with team staff and team members. This has been an important means of not only introducing an entirely new audience to the selected team for a certain competition, but has become an important tool for athlete recruitment as well.
Road Running Technical Council
Gene Newman, chair of the Road Running Technical Council, was delighted to report that the process by which one can discover whether or not a certain race course is USATF certified is easier than ever before. One of the quickest ways to determine this is go visit www.rrtc.net and click on “search for certified courses.” As well as maintaining the list of all USAFT-certified courses, the RRTC supervises the measurement and certification of road racing courses in the United States. Throughout the year the Council conducts measurement seminars to educate groups about course certification procedures.
IAAF Women’s Committee Report
Anne Timmons addressed those assembled and thanked everyone for giving her the opportunity to represent our National Governing Body at the IAAF Women’s Committee Meeting which had been held over a two-day period in February in Monaco. Key topics discussed included the importance of investing in women’s athletic participation. This would, in turn, increase the number of female spectators and, by enlarging the audience as a whole, would improve the overall marketing value of the sport. The Women’s Committee discussed and supported the inclusion of a mixed relay event in Youth competitions. The Committee also agreed upon the criteria to determine the recipient of the Women’s Award which is presented during the Centenary Celebrations.
In addition, several recommendations were put forth to the Council. They include the Mission Statement of the IAAF Women’s Committee, “The mission of the modern Women’s Committee is to encourage and promote the opportunities for inclusive leadership and diversity at all levels of administration, coaching, and officiating that currently exist within the membership of athletics, with the goal of reaching gender equality.” Another recommendation was to have the Women’s Committee’s name changed to the “Equality and Diversity Committee.” Another recommendation was to organize leadership seminars within the time frame of the existing World Youth Championships. The seminars should include girls, boys, and coaches, and should focus on embracing diversity and the goal of shared responsibility. Another important recommendation followed on the heels of a detected oversight in the draft calendar of RDC’s for 2012 and 2013. Apparently, the previously agreed upon minimum number of courses (one) which was to be conducted for women had not been listed/scheduled in all RDC’s. These courses need to be on the schedule and need to be conducted and should be topic-specific. Those topics are: leadership, coaching, and officiating.
WLDR National Championships
National Championships Chair, Darren DeReuck submitted a very detailed report of the 2012 series of championship races.
2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials - Marathon - Jan 14th in Houston, TX
Shalane Flanagan (Portland, Ore.) bettered the Women’s Olympic Trials Marathon record by two minutes and forty-seven seconds in her Olympic Trials marathon debut. Flanagan was in the lead pack throughout the race, but did not step forward as the clear leader until the 21st mile once the lead group of three was clearly set. Flanagan exchanged the lead with Desiree Davila (Rochester Hills, Mich.) several times before surging ahead at mile 24 to run away with the lead. Her winning time was a personal best by nearly 3 minutes.
Desiree Davila added the word Olympian to her growing resume. Davila led portions of the race from five miles on before dueling with Flanagan in miles 22 through 24. Once Flanagan took the lead for good, Davila held on to finish in 2:25:55, only 18 seconds back.
The 2007 World Championships bronze medalist at 10,000 meters, Kara Goucher (Portland, Ore.) claimed her first spot on the Olympic Marathon squad by finishing third in 2:26:06 After not competing in 2010 due to maternity, this is Goucher’s second marathon in nine months after her 2:24:26 showing at the 2011 Boston Marathon.
Amy Hastings (Mammoth Lakes, Calif.) appeared to be the last runner dropped by the top three as she fell back around 16 miles, but moments later she charged ahead to take the lead. However, by mile 20 she could no longer hold her position and fell back for good to finish in fourth in 2:27:17. Janet Cherobon-Bawcom finished fifth in 2:29:45, a nearly eight minute PR.
X-C Nationals – Feb 11th in Forest Park, Saint Louis, MO
Pre-race favorite Molly Huddle (Providence, R.I.) took command of the lead pack that included Hall, five-time USA Cross Country team member Renee Metivier Baillie (Bend, Ore.), Liz Costello (Knoxville, Tenn.) and Laura Thweatt (Boulder, Colo.).
After 3 km Huddle held a one-step advantage over Hall, with Costello close behind. Over the final 2 km loop, Huddle looked to be in charge but could never pull completely clear of Hall. Charging down the home straight, Hall made one final rally to edge Huddle at the line in a photo finish. Hall and Huddle were both timed in 26:51. Costello held on to finish third in 27:18.
In addition to the national titles on the line in St. Louis, open and junior women qualified to represent Team USA at the North American, Central American, and Caribbean (NACAC) Cross Country Championships March 17 in Port of Spain, Trinidad.
15 km – March 10th in Jacksonville, FL
Janet Cherbon-Bawcom was the big winner at the USA 15-K Championships, hosted by the Gate River Run in Jacksonville, Fla. Not only did she win her fourth USA road running title in six months, but she also held of men's champion Mo Trafeh...the elite women were given a seven-minute head start.
Cherobon-Bawcom was timed in 49:41, but owed some of her success to a resurgent Lindsey Scherf who led a pack of four --including Cherobon-Bawcom, Maegan Krifchin and Molly Huddle-- through 8 km in 26:51. The taller Scherf helped shelter Cherobon-Bawcom from the strong winds.
Just before 10 km, Cherobon-Bawcom and Huddle left Scherf and Krifchin, then the former NCAA Division II 10,000m champion surged away from Huddle. She picked up her pace to make sure that Trafeh would not catch her on the descent of Hart Bridge before the finish. By winning the race, Cherobon-Bawcom collected the $12,000 winner's check plus the $5,000 "equalizer" bonus for beating all of the men, a task made easier this year because the women's head start had been increased by two minutes. Huddle finished second in 49:57, Krifchin third in 50:43, and Scherf fourth in 51:08.
25 km – May 12th in Grand Rapids, MI
Janet Cherobon-Bawcom (Rome, Ga.) ran a pending American Record of 1:24:37 in winning the women’s crown Saturday. 2012 marked the 19th year that the championships were hosted by the Fifth Third River Bank Run in Grand Rapids. Overcast skies and cool temperatures provided the stage for the 35th annual event.
The women’s race also saw a strong start with Bawcom and Lindsey Scherf (Fayetteville, N.C.) quickly establishing themselves as the main contenders for the women’s title. After passing the first mile in about 5:20, the pair dueled for
much of the race with Scherf setting the pace and trying several times to break away but Bawcom always maintained contact and made her move in the final miles as she charged to the finish for her fifth USA title and first American Record. Scherf finished a strong second in 1:25:13
1 Mile – May 17th in Minneapolis, MN
Heather Kampf (Minneapolis, Minn.) took the women’s titles at the USA 1 Mile Road Championships Thursday evening in Minneapolis. Warm, windy conditions met the competitors for the fourth annual championships, causing both fields to take a conservative approach to the early stages of the race. Kampf used a late burst to outrun the field in the last 400 meters, propelling herself to a decisive win over Alisha Williams (Colorado Springs, Colo.). Kampf was timed in 4:36.9 with Williams following in 4:39.6. Danielle Tauro (Manahawkin, NJ) took third in 4:40.0.
Half Marathon - June 16 in Duluth, MN
1. Kara Goucher - Portland 1:09:46
2. Maegan Krifchin - Dewitt 1:10:56
3. Michelle Frey – Minneapolis 1:11:45
4. Melissa Johnson-White - Orion Township 1:12:05
5. Alvina Begay - Flagstaff 1:12.25
20 km – Sept 3rd in New Haven, CT
Renee Metivier Baillie (Bend, Ore.) won the women’s title at the USA 20 km Championships as part of the Stratton Faxon New Haven Road Race in New Haven, Conn.
The women's race started out at 5:23 per mile pace with a pack of about eight women. The pack stayed tight reaching the two-mile mark in 10:47. After clicking of a 5:16 third mile on the downhill section of the course, a pack of five emerged with Molly Pritz (Boulder, Colo.) leading Serena Burla (Falls Church, Va.), Stephanie Rothstein (Flagstaff, Ariz.), Alisha Williams (Colorado Springs, Colo.) and Metivier Baillie.
As the sun broke through the trees around mile four and five, the lead pack dwindled to four as Williams dropped off the back of the 5:20 pace that the leaders were pushing. Just past mile five, Baillie started to make a move but settled back into the rhythm of the foursome. Passing through 10 km at 33:00, the athletes looked strong with Burla slightly off the pack. Shortly after the eight-mile mark, her patience paid off and Baillie increased her lead through the rolling hills of East Rock Park. Baillie then cruised to the victory in 1:07:08, with Pritz holding on for second at 1:07:21 and Rothstein rounding out the medals in 1:07:59.
5 km – Sept 16th in Providence, RI
Molly Huddle (Providence R.I.) picked up her second career win at the USA 5 km Championships hosted by the CVS Caremark Downtown 5 km crossing the finish line in 15:29.9.
The women’s race was dominated by hometown favorite Huddle as she ran at the front of the race from the start and distanced herself by nearly four seconds over her closest competitor to win. Throughout the race Huddle ran in the lead pack with Neely Spence (Lake Orion, Mich.) and Elizabeth Maloy (Washington, D.C.) who finished second (15:33.7) and third (15:36.7.) respectively. This was the second U.S. road title for Huddle after winning the USA 5 km
Champs back in 2010.
10 mile – Oct 7th in Minneapolis, MN
Facing chilly early morning temperatures in Minneapolis, Minn., Janet Cherobon-Bawcom defended her title in the USA 10 Mile Championships, which was run as part of the TC Medtronic 10 Mile.
Cherobon-Bawcom cruised to the win in a time of 53 minutes, 43 seconds to finish ahead of runner-up Kara Goucher (53:56) and third place Alisha Williams (54:08). It was the third USA title on the roads in 2012 for Cherobon-Bawcom as she also won national titles in the 15 km and 25 km earlier in the year. A 2012 Olympian in the 10,000m, it is the sixth USA title for Cherobon-Bawcom in the last two seasons (10 km, 10 Mile and 20 km in 2011).
10 km – Oct 8th Boston, MA
Chelsea Reilly made her 10-K debut a memorable one winning the national title on a crisp fall day at the 36th Tufts Health Plan 10-K for Women in 32:41. Reilly, 23, won a long sprint to the line over Tara Erdmann (32:46), while another 10 km debutante, Neely Spence finished third (32:51).
In the final mile of the 6.2 mile race, Erdmann pushed to the front on Commonwealth Avenue. Reilly followed, and then saved her final burst for the finish straight on Charles Street. Reilly was confident that she could win because she recently finished 8th at the Fifth Avenue Mile in New York where she ran 4:29.0.
Top Three Overall Standings:
1) Janet Cherobon-Bawcom - 57 points
2) Kara Goucher - 47 points
3) Molly Huddle - 39 points
Darren reported that the women had a total of 10 national championship races in 2012. He reviewed the already awarded bids for 2013. The confirmed national championships races for 2013 are:
July 4 10K Peachtree Atlanta, Georgia
June 16 Half Marathon Grandma’s Duluth, Minnesota
October 14 Team 10K Tufts Boston, Massachusetts
He concluded by saying that here were additional bids submitted and in at least two cases he had received multiple bids for the same race distance. A meeting has been scheduled during the remaining time at the Annual Meeting for a review of all of the bids by Darren, the members of the National Championships Sub-committee, and Jim Estes.
Running USA CEO Susan Weeks stated that Running USA is a non-profit industry organization with the mission of advancing, serving, and promoting the sport of running. Established USA training groups are encouraged to apply for an annual monetary grant from Running USA. Donors account for 60% of the money distributed. Running USA is experiencing grow with more members than ever and they hope that in 2014 they will be able to will increase the amount of that annual grant.
Athlete and WLDR Executive Board member Julie Culley mentioned that her training NJ-NY Track Club has struggled for funding because their group is considered more of an enclave of middle-distance runners.
Meeting was recessed at 9:47am.
Friday WLDR General Session #2
The WLDR committee reconvened at 3:04pm.
USATF LDR Record Keeper, Andy Carr, reported the following for women:
Open 25km 1:24:36 P Janet Bawcom GA age 33 5th 3rd River Run Grand Rapids, MI 05/12/1
aOpen Marathon 2:25:38 W Shalane Flanagan OR age 30 Olympic Trials/Houston, Texas 01/14/12
Open 24hr 240384m Connie Gardner OH age 49 IAU 24 Hour Katowice, PL 09/09/12
a/comers 144hr 825417m P C Dipali Cunningham AUS age 50 Sri Chinmoy 6-day NYC 05/07/09
Women’s LDR Track Records: No new Track Records this period
Women’s LDR Road Bests: No new Road Bests this period
P= Pending (application or more information is needed from the race)
No “P” code indicates that the mark is ready to be recommended for ratification pending course validation report
W= Women-only event
F= Failed validation
a=performance possible aided by wind and/or slope, can be “best”, not eligible for record
a/comers= All-Comers Record or “Best” (non US citizen in U.S. race, must be faster than U.S. citizen mark)
So, of the four on the list 2 are deferring. A motion was made by LeeAnn Meyer to accept the records as recommended by Andy. It was seconded by Kathy Nary and was unanimously accepted.
Barb Palma reported that the officials had had their elections. She encouraged those in attendance to seek out qualified officials within their association and encourage them to get more involved on the national level. She is hoping to bring in a lot of younger officials. Barb continues to seek a location for a Women’s Long Distance Running Hall of Fame. The city of Seneca Falls, NY has expressed some interest. Anyone in possession of memorabilia regarding the early years of Women’s Long Distance Running is encouraged to contact Barb.
Operating Procedures for the WLDR Committee
Nina Kuscsik continued her work on reviewing the language of the WLDR Operating Procedures which were approved in December of 1995 and underwent a revision in December ((1998)) which underwent further scrutiny in 2011 and into the current year.
After Nina again reviewed the changes before the group, a motion was made by LeeAnn Meyer to accept the changes in order that the Operating Procedures comply with the USATF Governance Handbook. It was seconded by Julie McKinney. It was unanimously accepted.
Chair Virginia Brophy Achman had already made her intention known that she intended to run again for chair of the committee. The secretary asked if there were any nominations from the floor. Claire Tafelski, an athlete from USATF-New Jersey nominated Kimberly Keenan-Kirkpatrick. It was seconded by Kathy Nary. The secretary asked if there were further nominations from the floor. There being no further nominations, nominations were closed. The voting was to take place the following morning from 7-11am. Prior to the secretary submitting the names of those nominated for the position, the length of the term needed to be decided. Would the chair position be filled for the next 4 years or 2 years? There was much discussion. Prior WLDR Chair, Elizabeth Phillips, was of the opinion that 4 years is the better choice as the Chair works closely with the LOC of the USA Olympic Team Trials-Women’s Marathon and believed that is would be better for everyone to have the same person involved throughout the Olympiad, and in saying so, made the motion that the term be for 4 years. It was seconded by Gene Newman. It was decided by a show of hands (majority ruled) that the upcoming term for Chair of WLDR would be for 4 years.
Each of the two candidates gave a concise speech, including background, experiences, USATF service, etc. regarding why they would be an effective Chair. In addition, each of the nominees had another individual speak on their behalf. All speeches were fewer than 3 minutes in duration.
The group was reminded that the election would be taking place the following morning and that written ballots would be used for all contested elections. The group was reminded that only those members of the committee set forth by the USATF Bylaws as bona fide members or their properly registered alternates shall be eligible to vote.
Bill McKee reported that Item #16 passed. In the future the procedure for breaking a tie will be decided in advance of the competition. The “Uniform rule” also passed.
Qualifying Standards: USA Olympic Team Trials- Women’s Marathon
Virginia reviewed the history of the proposed change in qualifying standards for this LDR race. An effort had been made to foster further collaboration with the women’s and men’s LDR committees as well as clear up confusion for the general public regarding separate and different standards for the men and women competing in the marathon trials. Moving forward, the men and women will have exactly the same qualifying window. Secondly, there will be an “A” and “B” standard for both sexes and those “A” standards will mirror those of the IAAF. There will no longer be an option, for either gender, of having a 10K time serve as a qualifying time for the USA Olympic Team Trials-Marathon.
The proposed standards are:
“A” Standard (marathon) “B” Standard (marathon) “B” Standard (half marathon)
Women 2:37:00 2:43:00 1:15
The qualifying window will open August 1, 2013 and close 30 days before the hosting of the USA Olympic Team Trials – Women’s Marathon. It was also noted that an athlete who competes at the World Championships-Marathon and finished in the top 20 will be recognized as having achieved the B standard.
A motion was made by LeeAnn Meyer to accept the standards as described. It was seconded by Julie McKinney and was unanimously accepted.
Virginia asked those in attendance to share some news about what was happening in their associations regarding LDR opportunities.
Will Lindgren reported that Team Nebraska would be represented the following weekend in Lexington, Kentucky at the USATF Club Cross Country National Championships. The mission of Team Nebraska is to provide post collegiate and other developing athletes an opportunity to refine their skills and develop their true potential. Athletes are provided coaching assistance and competitive opportunities designed to offset the expense of travel to national championships to compete both individually and as part of the team. Will reported that there had been 7 association championships during 2013 and that they had added 2 new LDR clubs.
Joe Monk from the Florida Association reported on another busy year for LDR. There was a proposal made to launch the USATF-Florida LDR Grand Prix series. It was hoped that the Association Championship races would be contested at the 1 mile road, 5km, 8km, 15 km, and half marathon distances. There was a prize purse structure and points awarded structure for each event. Athletes must compete in and finish at least 3 championship events. The process by which a tie would be broken was clearly advertised in advance. Eligibility for the series was also cleared explained. Athletes had to be current USATF members with a membership card and number valid through Dec. 31, 2012, they must be a US citizen, and they must have been a Florida resident for the past year. As it turned out, three of the championships were contested:
2/4/12 In conjunction with the National Masters 8km (Melbourne)
2/5/12 In conjunction with the national Masters Half Marathon (Melbourne)
3/10/12 In conjunction with the 15K National Championships at the Gate River Run (Jacksonville)
Emily Jameson, Secretary of the Utah Association, reported success with their small circuit which included $1000 overall in prize money. The circuit was heavy on the half marathon and marathon distance. She was happy to report that Utah did send one runner to the USA Olympic Team Trials-Women’s Marathon.
Jane Parks of USATF-New Jersey as well as being a familiar face from serving as Bookkeeper and Data Accuracy Officer for the RRTC, reported that New Jersey had conducted 14 championship races during 2012 as well as a race series. She reported that their number of runners in the open division has seen a dramatic rise. In 2013, they hope to host a short series of races in which the focus will be the open runners.
A motion was made to recess at 4:26pm by Will Lindgren. It was seconded by Kathy Nary and unanimously accepted.
WLDR General Session #3
The session reconvened on Saturday, December 1 at 2:04pm
The printed results of the three elections held that morning had been posted throughout the hotel complex for all to see. Stephanie Hightower had been re-elected as President of USATF, Bill Roe had been elected as Long Distance Running Division Chair, and Kimberly Keenan-Kirkpatrick had been elected as Women’s Long Distance Running Committee Chair. Each would officially commence their 4 year term once formally approved by the Board which typically would be January 1 of the New Year.
Bill McKee reported that there was not much new to report. A modified version of the item on specialty meets (the ones that pop up when athletes are trying to qualify for an event for which time is running out) limiting the frequency of these events had been discussed.
In the absence of National Championships Committee Chair, Darren DeReuck, a member of that sub-committee, Mickey Piscitelli, reviewed the races recommended by said committee for approval.
2013 Host 2014 Host 2015 Host 2016 Host
One Mile (Drake) Great Blue (Drake) Great Blue Twin Cities Twin Cities
10K Tufts Tufts
15K Gate River Run Gate River Run Gate River Run Gate River Run
20K New Haven New Haven New Haven
25K Fifth Third River Fifth Third River Fifth Third River
Marathon Medtronic Twin Cities Medtronic Twin Cities
Kathy Nary made the motion to accept the slate of bids as recommended by the committee.
It was seconded by Jim Peterson. It was unanimously accepted.
There will be ongoing discussions regarding the other distances for which bids were submitted. Chair Darren DeReuck is always interested in speaking with race directors who have a sincere interest in hosting one of our USATF LDR National Championships. They can contact him or Jim Estes via the USATF website.
LeeAnn Meyer, at-large member of the WLDR Executive Committee and of USATF-Minnesota, shared some newspapers clippings regarding Grandma’s Marathon weekend. Grandma’s weekend draws more than 17,000 participants for its three-race event each June. Runners race distances from 800 meters right up to the marathon. 2012 marked the third time that the Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon had hosted the Women’s Half Marathon National Championship and the first time the event hosted the men’s. Kara Goucher lived up to her pre-race favorite status taking the women’s title and her second course record in a time of 1:09:46.
Team USA Training Centers
Pat Goodwin spoke about Team USA Minnesota which was founded in 2001 and is based in Minneapolis-St. Paul. Their mission is to provide an opportunity for talented distance runners to train in an environment that will prepare them to compete on a level with the best both in the nation and in the world. They are a 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization that has a coach (Dennis Barker), a medical team, and a 14 -member volunteer group serving as their Board of Directors. This volunteer Board has expertise in the areas of marketing, promotion, fund-raising, finance, management, research, healthcare, technology and coaching. A few of the original group of elite athletes have retired from competitive running but continue to stay involved with the group. Team USA Minnesota has recently added Ladia Albertson-Junkans and McKenzie Melander to round out their roster of twelve athletes. The competitive focus of the group ranges from 800/1500m to the marathon. Many of their athletes have achieved national champion status as well as having competed for the United States in international competitions including the Olympics.
Runpro.com camp..will it be run in 2013 by RRCA
Zika Rea gave a brief update on the ZAP Fitness Foundation. It was founded as well in 2001 as a non-profit training center for post-collegiate, Olympic hopeful distance runners and is located in Blowing Rock, North Carolina. Through donations, corporate sponsorship, and proceeds from camps and retreats, ZAP provides room, board, health insurance, and travel expenses for 8-10 of America’s elite distance runners. ZAP was proud to have sent a number of runners to in 2012 both the USA Team Trials- Track and Fields in Eugene and the USA Olympic Team Trials-Marathon in Houston.
Julie Culley, of the New Jersey-New York Track Club, described the their roster as comprised of veteran athletes as well as new and fresh post-collegiate talent running distances from the 800m to the 10,000m on the track as well as some runners competing in cross country and road racing. Coach Frank “Gags” Gagliano is their coach and continues his winning formula of work ethic and event-specific development to guide these athletes in reaching their goals.
Andy Carr, who coaches HS cross-country in the Atlanta area, spoke highly of his interaction with Team USA Minnesota. A few of the athletes from this training group acted as role models for his athletes by running with his group and signing merchandise as souvenirs.
A motion to adjourn was made by Mickey Piscitelli and seconded by Kathy Nary. It was unanimously accepted.
The meeting was adjourned at 2:26pm.