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USATF finally implemented the additional requirement for any road race record to be recognized the event would also have to be Sanctioned by USATF. The first requirement is the record MUST be run on a USATF Certified course, which has been in place for years. The Sanctioning requirement is new to many events and will continue to be an obstacle for recognition of many legitimate records.

Read marathoner Camille Herron's blog about her experience with a 25 km event in Tulsa.
Oklahoma is known for good state record keeping, as well as the number of certified courses.

I wonder how often the Sanctioning problem will come up with new road race records?
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Hey guys, we tried beforehand to get the Go Long 25K to get their event USATF sanctioned. In the process, we learned that Fleet Feet Tulsa hadn't sanctioned their events since 2005 and had personal politics against USATF. I felt like I needed to run the race to prove a point to them that they need to get their events USATF sanctioned. I hope they will do so for future events! The same goes for the Route 66 Marathon, whom I found out is also not USATF sanctioned.

I'm glad I brought awareness on this. As I mentioned in my blog, one of my friends found out her upcoming marathon wasn't USATF sanctioned, which she was planning to race for an Olympic Marathon Trials qualifying time. She contacted them about getting this done.

I now serve on the LDR Division and Women's LDR committees, so I'm going to bring this up to our committees. I notice the USATF National calendar is a bit sparce on listing USATF sanctioned events. Our Oklahoma USATF calendar is more up-to-date. I'm not even sure if my upcoming marathon (Mercedes Marathon in Birmingham) is presently USATF sanctioned, although it appears they were in the past. If races are now preferring to go through the RRCA for insurance, they may not be aware they need to get USATF sanctioned (at the reduced fee) for ~Records or Olympic Trials qualifying.

Also, for clarification-- is the Competition Rule requiring USATF sanctioning Rule 262.3a?

Thank you Ken for your longtime efforts! I sure hope the Go Long 25K gets sanctioned for next year so I can run the beautiful course again! Smiler

Kevin started this important thread in 2014 as a  new topic.  I wonder if we can have some historic review now that it may be a hot issue again.  

A huge event in masters marathoning took place at this year's Jacksonville Marathon:  An American named Gene Dykes (M70 from PA) broke Ed Whitlock's Age 70-74 world age group record by clocking 2:54:23 on USATF certified course FL10117EBM.  But Canada just rejoiced with the news that it will not be ratified due to lack of the USATF sanction!   

Dykes even contacted the event organizer in advance to assure the marathon was eligible for records.  He was told it was.  Apparently, we are not doing a good job of educating our RDs!

I too thought the requirement for sanction, in addition to the certified course, was relatively new but if the rule is actually 262.3.a, then that was not new at all in 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009... I have an old 2001 rule book where the rule numbers are now defunct and the exact same verbiage appears in 2001 as USATF Rule 182.3.a.

Has the sanction always been required? 

Here's a link to the Canadian story:


Here is the USATF sanctions calendar listing. (Note the event does not have the "sanctioned" indicator, a black dot, but it may be misleading to have the race appear in the "sanctions calendar" at all...)







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For a US record the course must be certified and the event sanctioned. Basic LDR rules requirement for all Long Distance Running records to be considered for ratification.


As of today, online search shows the event in question is still not sanctioned by USATF.;show=25&page=1



* = date is tentative
USATF Sanctioned Event indicator = USATF-sanctioned event

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Date Event NameLocationEvents
12/1/18USATF Sanctioned Event indicatorCaloosahatchee Ultra 50k and Keith Carlton Memorial 25kAlva, FL25 km, 50 km 
12/1/18USATF Sanctioned Event indicatorSantas on the Run 5k and 1k Reindeer DashRoyal Palm Beach, FL 
12/1/18USATF Sanctioned Event indicatorSanta's ShuffleMelbourne, FL5 km fun run 
12/1/18USATF Sanctioned Event indicatorSanta's Twilight 5K - Safety HarborSafety Harbor, FL5 km 
12/2/18USATF Sanctioned Event indicatorLace 'EM Up on the Levee 5K/10KSunrise, FL3.1 mi, 6.2 mi 
12/2/18 OUC Orlando Half MarathonOrlando, FL 
12/8/18USATF Sanctioned Event indicator3rd Annual Niceville Ugly Sweater Run/WalkNiceville, FL1 mi fun run, 5 km, 5 km walk 
12/8/18USATF Sanctioned Event indicatorMiles for MoffittTampa, FL1 mi fun run, 5 km, 10 km, 400 yd fun run 
12/8/18USATF Sanctioned Event indicatorTallahassee Ultra Distance ClassicWakulla Springs, FL50 mi, 50 km 
12/8/18 Throws Coach Florida December Throws Open MeetGainesville, FLoutdoor T&F 
12/8-9/18USATF Sanctioned Event indicatorDaytona 100/50 UltramarathonsPonce Inlet, FL50 mi, 100 mi 
12/8-9/18 Florida Senior GamesClearwater, FLoutdoor T&F 
12/8-9/18USATF Sanctioned Event indicatorFlorida Senior GamesClearwater, FLoutdoor T&F 
12/9/18USATF Sanctioned Event indicatorFlorida Holiday Halfathon & RelayMadeira Beach, FLhalf-marathon relay, half-marathon 
12/12/18 Coral Springs Holiday MileCoral Springs, FL1 mi 
12/15/18 Ameris Bank Jacksonville MarathonJacksonville, FLmarathon 
12/15/18USATF Sanctioned Event indicatorSanta's Twilight 5K - ClermontClermont, FL5 km 
12/15/18 Santa's Twilight 5K - ClermontClermont, FL5 km 
12/15/18USATF Sanctioned Event indicatorSay No To Drugs Holiday ClassicClearwater, FL5 km, 10 km 
12/16/18USATF Sanctioned Event indicatorFall Vault ClassicClermont, FLoutdoor T&F 
12/16/18USATF Sanctioned Event indicatorHot Chocolate TampaTampa, FL5 km, 15 km 
12/21/18 7th Annual Jingle 5KBradenton, FL5 km 
12/21/18USATF Sanctioned Event indicator7th Annual Jingle 5KBradenton, FL5 km, 5 km 
12/22/18USATF Sanctioned Event indicatorStarlight 5K Bridge RunFlagler Beach, FL5 km 
12/23/18USATF Sanctioned Event indicatorBarefoot Mailman ClassicDania Beach, FL5 km, 10 km 

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