The Illinois Association of USA Track & Field has announced that it has reorganized its Long Distance Running (LDR) Committee with new officers and a new mission to support and advance road running in Illinois.
Veteran USATF coach, administrator, and event organizer Skip Stolley is assuming the role of committee chair, elite masters runner, photographer, and senior fitness guru Bob Pates is the committee’s masters chairman, while former committee chair Greg Evans is moving to the position of Director of Education.
The committee’s first goal is to launch a USATF Road Championship Series for 2013. The Series will consist of 9 races scheduled from January to December that will be USATF Illinois Champion-ships over distances ranging from 1-Mile to the marathon. The launch event for the inaugural Series will be the 2nd annual WARM YOUR HEART INDOOR 5K presented by Magnetar Capital at Chicago’s McCormick Place on Sunday, January 6.
“We are pleased to offer this opportunity to our members and to work with some of the top road races in Illinois to advance the great sport of long distance running,” says USATF Illinois president Dorothy Dawson. Skip and Bob are go-getters who will quickly take our LDR programming to the next level.”
Prior to returning to Illinois in 2010, Stolley coached Olympic hopefuls in Southern California for 25-years with his club, Track West, and rebuilt the Southern California USATF Association with new programming for open and masters athletes in track & field, cross country, road running, and race walking.
Pates ran the first Chicago-area marathon in 1972, then helped organize the inaugural Mayor Daley Marathon in 1977 which subsequently evolved into one of the world’s finest running events—the Chicago Marathon. He spent most of his professional career working in the radio and television industry on the east coast and was a top assistant to TNT founder, Ted Turner. As a sideline, he also provided elite event photography for Nike. Pates has competed in 12 of the last 15 USA Masters Track & Field Championships and, after returning to the Chicago area, was honored as “CARA Runner of the Year” in 2006.
Evans has been providing educational conferences for Illinois road race directors for the past decade and recently launched a national program, Race Director University (RDU) to train and certify them