February 2017 - RUNNING
Join the USATF Adirondack Grand Prix
Changes Offer Something for Every Runner
By Renee Tolan
This year the USATF Adirondack Association Grand Prix is undergoing some major changes. In its 10th year, the series has historically been comprised of 12 races at distances ranging from the mile to the marathon. The series has consistently brought top area athletes to participating races. This year, for the first time, the Grand Prix will be recognizing all runners who complete the series.
The 2017 series will consist of seven races stretching from April to September and ranging in distance from one-mile to the half marathon.
Any USATF Adirondack member who completes five of the seven events will receive a Grand Prix series finisher T-shirt. The mission of USATF is to promote the sport of running across all abilities and ages. By adding recognition to those who complete the series, the local association is advancing USATF National’s philosophy of running as the “Sport for Everyone… Sport for Life.”
An exciting addition to the 2017 series is a partnership with Fleet Feet Sports Albany/Malta. This partnership has allowed USATF Adirondack to expand the Grand Prix participant recognition to all association members (runners, joggers and walkers), in addition to offering a generous prize purse for division winners.
Another change to the 2107 series was to give USATF Adirondack members an opportunity to play a role in creating their Grand Prix. The Long Distance Running Committee restructured how the series events were selected, by conducting an open bid process for all USATF Adirondack sanctioned races. From all of the bids received, the LDR Committee developed three possible slates for the 2017 series. The three slates were presented to the membership and, for the first time, they were given an opportunity to provide feedback by voting on their preferred slate. Moving forward, a similar process will be followed and the committee anticipates the slate of Grand Prix races will change from year to year.
USATF Adirondack and Fleet Feet Sports Albany will be holding a Grand Prix Kick-Off event on Sunday, March 5 from 12-4pm. All of the races included in the 2017 Grand Prix will be present along with other USATF sanctioned events. Giveaways and discounts will be available for those who register at Fleet Feet Sports Albany on March 5, so take on the challenge of completing the series! If you can’t make it on March 5, visit the USATF Adirondack booth at the Adirondack Sports Summer Expo at the Saratoga Springs City Center on Saturday-Sunday, March 18-19. For more info, visit adirondack.usatf.org.
Renee Tolan (email@example.com) of Clifton Park is VP for Long Distance Running with USA Track & Field Adirondack Association.