Yesterday’s newsy email from USATF Masters has raised concerns that our 2021 national outdoor meet won’t be held in Sacramento as previously awarded.
All we know is: “Summer 2021 – USATF Masters Outdoor Championships: To be announced soon.”
But the newsletter also says: “July 17 – Northwest Region Masters Outdoor Track and Field Meet: Seattle, WA – details forthcoming soon.”
Given that the Sacramento Sports Commission website shows dates of July 15-18 for Sacto masters nationals, we now have dueling mysteries: When and where will outdoor nationals be held? (Meanwhile, the official USATF Masters website says: “USATF Masters Outdoor Track & Field Championships; Sacramento State University, Sacramento, CA Late July/Early August 2021.”
I’ve written to USATF Masters Prez Jerry Bookin-Weiner and others but haven’t heard back. I also wrote to the LOC (the Sacto Sports Commission) as well as the hosting USATF Pacific Association.
In early January, Jerry wrote:
We’ve seen quite a few rumors about the 2021 USATF Masters Outdoor Championships in recent days. Four points:
The meet is currently “on” for Sacramento, CA;
The dates are currently under discussion between the MTF Executive Committee and the Sacramento Local Organizing Committee, led by the USATF Pacific Association;
No firm decisions on dates have been made – there are many moving parts to putting on a masters outdoor championships and many factors need to be taken into account;
If you read something purporting to say the meet is cancelled or will be held somewhere else or will be held on any specific set of dates, DO NOT BELIEVE IT UNLESS IT COMES FROM THE MTF EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE.
So that’s all I know. California’s capital was the site of 2010 nationals and 2011 worlds — and today was moved into a less restrictive “red tier” for public gatherings.
I’ll keep y’all in the loop as intel arrives.
Here’s the email note, for posterity:
With new COVID-19 cases dropping and the vaccine rollout gaining steam for our athletes over age 65, USATF Masters is preparing to return to competition during the course of 2021. In doing so, our official USATF Masters meets will comply with all USATF’s COVID-19 Protocols in effect at the time of the meet.
USATF Masters Track & Field Schedule:
Early June – Mega Regional Masters Meet (East/Midwest/Southeast Regions combined): South Carolina – details forthcoming soon
July 17 – Northwest Region Masters Outdoor Track and Field Meet: Seattle, WA – details forthcoming soon
Summer 2021 – USATF Masters Outdoor Championships: To be announced soon
August 11-12 – National Masters Combined Events Championships: Colorado – details forthcoming soon
August 14-15 – Mid America Region Masters Outdoor Track & Field Meet: Colorado – details forthcoming soon
August 21-22 – National Masters Throws Championships: Seattle, WA – details forthcoming soon
USATF Masters LDR Schedule:
USATF Masters 1 Mile Championships – Rochester, NY – June 12 as part of the Rochester Mile
USATF Masters 12k Championships – Sandy Hook, NJ – September 19 as part of By Hook or By Crook 12k
USATF Masters 5k XC Championships – Boston, MA – October 17
USATF Half Marathon Championships – Syracuse, NY – November 14 as part of the Syracuse Half Marathon
USATF Club Cross Country Championships – Tallahassee, FL – December 11
Points for the 2020-2021 Grand Prix can be earned in each of the first four events. The Grand Prix individual and team awards will then be awarded at a special award event in Tallahassee on December 11.
We have already begun work on our 2022 Masters Grand Prix schedule and plan to have a full schedule of high-quality events, with much more geographic diversity. Importantly, we are committed to publishing the entire 2022 schedule by October 2021. The 2022 Masters Grand Prix schedule will kick off with the 2021 USATF Club Cross Country Championships in Tallahassee.
Inaugural Rex Harvey Memorial Masters Exhibition Event at Drake Relays – Long Jump in 2021
The Masters Exhibition Long Jump will be the inaugural Rex Harvey Memorial Masters Exhibition Event at the Drake Relays. Up to four men and four women in the 40-59 age groups will be selected to compete in the event to be held during the 2021 Drake Relays in Des Moines, Iowa in April (likely date for the event is Friday, April 23, with the possibility that it may be shifted to Saturday, April 24).
Masters long jumpers interested in competing in this event should complete this formor contact MTF Exhibition Events Subcommittee Chair Linda Carty at firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday March 19, 2021. Those selected to participate will have their accommodations and local transportation in Des Moines covered by funds generated by the Rex Harvey Memorial Endowment at the Drake Relays.
WMA Championships Schedule
In December 2020, World Masters Athletics announced the following schedule for upcoming WMA Championships; no dates have been announced for any of these events at this time:
2022 – WMA Outdoor Championships Tampere, Finland
2023 – WMA Indoor Championships Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
2024 – WMA Outdoor Championships Gothenburg, Sweden
2025 – WMA Indoor Championships Spokane, WA bid to be voted on in 2022
2026 – WMA Outdoor Championships Daegu, South Korea bid to be voted on in 2023
MTF Announces Subcommittee Chairs, Liaisons, USATF Committee Representatives, Task Force Managers, and Other Officials for 2021-2024
After interviewing nearly 50 applicants for positions as MTF Subcommittee Chairs, Liaisons, USATF Committee Representatives, Task Force Managers, and other positions, the MTF Officers presented a slate to the Executive Committee for approval. The following list of nominees were all approved and have assumed their duties:
Active Athlete Representative
Championships Games Subcommittee Chair
Communications Subcommittee Chair
East Region Coordinator
Mid America Region Coordinator
Midwest Region Coordinator
Northwest Region Coordinator
Southeast Region Coordinator
Southwest Region Coordinator
West Region Coordinator
Anti-Doping and Substance Abuse
Budget and Finance
Combined Events (Co-Chairs)
Hall of Fame
Calvin T. Williams, Jr.
REPRESESNTATIVES ON USATF COMMITTEES
Diversity & Leadership
Law & Legislation
Sports Medicine and Science
TASK FORCE MANAGERS
Strategic Plan Implementation
James W. Pearce
General Assembly Delegates
Carroll DeWeese (term expires in 2022)
Robert Thomas (term expires in 2024)
Women’s Delegate (term expires in 2022)
General Assembly Alternates
(terms expire in 2022)
Women’s Delegate Alternates
(terms expire in 2022)
International Team Manager
USATF Board Representative (term expires in 2022)
MLDR Athlete, Sean Wade, Sets 4 American 55-59 Records in February
Three American Records were set on February 6 at one event in Houston, Texas, where Wade established new records for the 12K (40:14), 15K (50:22), and 10 Mile (54:06). The 12K and 15K were also World Best marks. Two weeks later on February 21, he broke the American 8k 55-59 Record by 8 seconds with a 26:11. That works out to 5:16 per mile and tied for World Best!
Masters LDR Ambassador Calls
We appreciate all those who are supporting our Masters LDR Ambassador calls. There were a record 140 participants from 70 clubs on our February 11 call and another 39 who registered and received the presentation online. They were able to hear directly from two of this year’s race directors, Terry Mullane and Rick Streeter, as well as Amanda Scotti from National Masters News. This is a great opportunity to stay up to date with the very latest information on 2021 and 2022. CLICK HERE to register for the next call.
Masters LDR Grand Prix Update
Points for the 2020-2021 Grand Prix can be earned in each of the first four events. CLICK HERE for the scoring and rules of this year’s Grand Prix. The Grand Prix individual and team awards will then be awarded at a special award event in Tallahassee on December 11.
For 2022, we are focused on 9-10 geographically diverse Grand Prix events. We have already identified 7 of those events and are in discussions for the remaining 2-3. Importantly, we are committed to publishing the entire 2022 schedule by October 2021. The 2022 Masters Grand Prix schedule will kick off with the 2021 USATF Club Cross Country Championships in Tallahassee.
Masters LDR Communications Subcommittee
Finally, we have assembled a very strong Communications Subcommittee, led by Bruce Kirschner. The Committee includes Paul Carlin (media-print and web), Todd Straka (web editor), Dawn Grunnagle (social media), and Pam Fales (Constant Contact administration). Also assisting are Morris Williams and Rob Schaltenbrand. Their mission statement is:
“To enhance the design and delivery of USATF Masters Long Distance Running communications to generate excitement while building camaraderie and community and significantly increase participation in Masters National Grand Prix events.”
They have set some ambitious goals to dramatically improve the quality of our communications, including leveraging existing communication channels, building better websites, establishing a presence on social media, and improved outreach to running clubs and USATF Associations.
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