A fellow measurer shot me an e-mail the other day, mentioning that a RD in their area advertised their course as "certified." The RD did not have the "XX18xxxXX" listed.
The measurers sent the RD an e-mail informing him to amend his advertising to remove the statement about the certified course.
Their question to me was: "Does anyone enforce this sort of behavior? Does USATF or RRTC have the ability to go to a RD and say 'stop it?'"
My reply to them was: "I think USATF would only be concerned about course certification if it is tied to a sanction. As for RRTC, I don't think we're in the 'enforcement business.'"
I've been more aggressive in telling RDs I work with to place the certificate number in their advertising. I spend a great deal of time educating runners in my area about the benefits of certified courses (and the difference between certification and sanctioning): I tell them how to search for course maps, and often I will answer the "hey, man, is this course certified" question.
So...is there any recourse from the NGB level, or from the RRTC level, that *should* be taken when a RD decides (by sin of omission or flat out ignorance) to inaccurately describe their course's measurement?