New USATF LDR National Committee Chair
During meetings conducted at the 2012 USATF Annual Meeting in Dayton Beach, FL November 28-December 1, Edwardo Torres was elected Men’s LDR Committee president. Edwardo and his twin brother, Jorge, both starred at Wheeling High School and then at the University of Colorado, where they led the Buffalos to their first NCAA Cross Country title in 2001. As a post collegian, Edwardo placed 3rd at the 2003 USA Cross Country Championships and was a 2-time member of the USA World Cross Country Championships Team. On the track, he ran a PR of 28:16.87 for 10,000m in 2009. Edwardo lives in Wheeling and helps run the family jewelry business which has multiple Chicago-area locations.
New National LDR Division Chair
In another election held at the 2012 USATF Annual Meeting, former USATF president Bill Roe narrowly defeated outgoing Men’s LDR Committee chair, Glen Latimer, for chair of the LDR Division of USA Track & Field.
New USATF Policy for Wearing Sponsor Logos
The new USATF policy for enforcing IAAF/IOC uniform logo restrictions limits it to races that are either IAAF gold/silver/bronze label races or USOC-sanctioned (such as the Olympic Trials). That means that athletes can wear whatever they want logo-wise at all other domestic events, including our USATF Championship races. This policy also applies to track & field.
2016 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials Qualifying Standards
The 2016 Olympic Marathon Trials qualifying standards will be 2:15 “A” and 2:18 “B” for men, and 2:37 “A” and 2:43 “B” for women—the same as the 2016 Olympic Games qualifying standards. A-standard athletes will receive travel expenses, a meal's stipend, and lodging to the Trials. B-standard athlete will receive entry to the Trials and be reimbursed travel, meals and lodging expenses if they place in the top-3 and earn a spot on the USA Team. The 2016 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials qualifying window begins August 1, 2013 and extends to 30-days before the Trials. If these standards seem excessively restrictive, it was reported that, globally, a staggering 84 women run under 2:24 for the marathon in 2012!!!
Association Athlete Development Program (AADP)
A program that directly affects USATF Illinois is the Association Athlete Development Program (AADP). This is a program where major road races, including several USA championship events, provide a complimentary elite entry, a $150 travel stipend, 2 nights hotel, and ground transportation to rising road racing stars at the Association level. Applications for AADP awards must be submitted by the athlete’s Association. Candidates must be 18-25 years of age, and the minimum standards are as follows:
In 2012, nine major races provided this support to 43 Association-level athletes. The schedule of major races that will participate in the AADP in 2013 will be announced in January. USATF Illinois
athletes who meet these standards and are interested in being considered for participating in this program should contact Illinois LDR chair, Skip Stolley.
Ratification of USATF Road Records
In 2011 and 2012, several athletes set records at races which have USATF-certified courses, but were not USATF sanctioned. Most of these records were masters age-group marks. Records set at non-sanctioned races are, of course, null and void. The Men’s and Women’s National LDR Committees are committed to making it easier for athletes to find what races are sanctioned on the USATF national website.
Local Training Center Grants
The Men’s LDR National Committee has submitted a $1.5M grant request to USA Track & Field for Association-based long distance training centers.