Note: The USATF National Masters 10K Championship Registration does require a current 2019 USATF membership number.
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If entering as a member of a team, be sure to check the boxes for your team (a, b, etc), gender, and division (40+, 50+, etc). Runners canonly score on one team, and must declare for that team. The team is determined by the age division of the youngest runner. So a 40 can run with 2 - 50's, but the team is scored as 40+.
Masters Prize Money is awarded to teams, individuals, and to the top 15 age graded performances.
Discount Accommodations are available at the Dedham Holiday Inn. Note: if you book by phone mention booking code JJR for your runner discount.
Masters should also be aware of championship rules and procedures in the below instuctions.
All club runners must wear the same uniform top.
Runners in the Masters Championship will start 3 minutes before the main race. All championship participants will be issues a back number with their age division. This must be worn; failure to wear the back number renders the runner ineligible for championship awards.
2019 USATF Masters 10 km Championship
Hosted by the 36th Annual James Joyce Ramble 10 km. Sunday, April 28, 2019, 11:00 a.m. Start.
Runners competing in the 2019 USATF Masters 10 km Championships on Sunday, April 28, 2019 should be aware of the following points of emphasis. Competitors who fail to comply with these and other applicable USATF Rules of Competition risk possible disqualification.
There will be a Technical Meeting scheduled for Saturday, April 27th at 5:30 p.m. at the Endicott Estate (Race Course Start/Finish). These instructions will also be available at packet pick-up. Questions should be directed to the Championship Referee.
1 The Race Course. The course map is available online and at packet pick-up. The course is the roadway between its edges and curbs. Please follow directions of course marshals and any road cones. Course map is available at: www.ramble.org
2 Cutting the Course. Any competitor who has been found by the Referee to have gained an unfair advantage by receiving assistance or by intentionally shortening the route of the race (“cutting the course”) shall be immediately disqualified.
3 Illegal Assistance. Anyone found to have received illegal assistance is subject to disqualification. “Assistance” is the conveying of advice, information or direct help to an athlete by any means, including a technical device. It also includes pacing in running or walking events by personsnot participating in the event, by competitors lapped or about to be lapped, or by any kind of technical device. The use of wireless devices (I-pods, etc…) is not permitted. Competitors may carry or wear articles of personal equipment such as wrist chronometers and heart-rate monitors. Verbal or other communication, without the use of any technical device, from an individual not on the course shall not be considered assistance. Pacesetting, by a person entered in an event as an officially designated pacesetter, is permissible. There are no designated pacesetters for this event.
4 Competition Front Bib Numbers/Timing Tag and Age/Gender “Back” Numbers. Competition bib numbersmust be pinned on the front of the outermost layer of clothing that you will be wearing in the race. They should not be folded or cut. The timing antennae is a part of the bib number and is disposable after the race. All Masters entered in the USATF Masters 10 km Championships must also wear an age/gender “back” number pinned to the back of the outermost layer of clothing that they are wearing in the race. Please use 4 pins to affix the “back” number in such a manner that it is visible to any runner behind them and will not flip up. Any competitor failing to wear a competition bib number on the front and a visible age/gender “back” number will be subject to disqualification. If your packet is lacking a “back” number, extras will be made available at packet pick-up and at the start line.
5 Start Time. Each competitor is responsible for knowing the starting time of 11:00 a.m. All competitors are responsible for being at the starting line at the appointed time with their competition bib number and age/gender “back” number properly affixed. USA Masters Championship runners are welcome at the front of the start line. The citizen’s 10k race will start 3 minutes after the USATF Masters start.
6 Online Entry Registration. Enter online no later than April 24th at Noon.
7 In Person USATF Masters Entry Registration. Registration in person as well as chip-embedded bib and tee shirt pick-up are available on Saturday, Noon to 5 p.m. at Endicott Estate, 656 East Street, Dedham. No USATF Masters entries will be accepted on Sunday, race day.
8 Host Hotel. Holiday Inn Dedham, 55 Ariadne Rd., Dedham, MA 02026, 781-329-1000
9 Race day Packet Pick-Up. Packet pick-ups begin at 8:30 AM on Sunday at the Endicott Estate and run until 10:30 AM. SHARP. We encourage you to be early if you plan to pick up your race packet including chip and bib number on Sunday morning and take the time to properly stretch and clear the estate to access the start line. The Race will begin on East Street one block south of the Estate at Boulevard St. Plan your morning accordingly. Please refer to course map. NOTE: There is no USATF Masters Championship day of race registration available.
10 Parking. Race day of race parkingis available for early arrivals on the estate fairgrounds. On street parking is available above Mount Vernon Street and near the High and Middle school.
11 Start Details. The USATF Master Championship portion of the 10 km will start promptly at 11:00 a.m. The Clerks will begin team uniform verification at 10:30 a.m. at the Start Line. Complete teams must check in together to verify uniforms (see uniform rule below). All runners will be checked for proper front bib and back numbers prior to the start. After the National anthem there will be a two-command start: “On your marks” followed by the firing of the starter’s pistol signaling the start of the race. All awards are based on “gun time”. Net times will only be used for record purposes.
12 No false start. False starts will not be recalled. Runners who false start are subject to disqualification.
13 Withdrawal for medical reasons. A competitor must retire from the race immediately if directed to do so by a duly authorized official of the race or by an appropriately identified member of the race medical staff.
14 Eligibility. All Master athletes must be citizens of the United States and eligible to represent the United States in international competition to be eligible for USATF medals and prize money. In addition, all athletes entered and competing in the 2019 USATF Masters 10 km Championship are required to have a 2019 USATF membership card.
15 Awards Ceremony. Sunday’s awards ceremony for the 2019 USA Masters 10 km Championships will begin around 12:30 p.m. on the Endicott Estate grounds. The Hillman Literary Challenge will also take place in the afternoon, proving just how literally astute you are. As usual, there will be a host of refreshments and food offerings at the James Joyce Ramble Post-Race Soiree.
16 Race Day Registration. There will be NO USATF Masters Championship race day registration.
17 Results. Results will be posted near the awards stage adjacent to the finish line as soon as they become available. See the Masters Championship Referee immediately if there are any problems/omissions. There is a one hour protest period after results have been posted to amend results.
18 Team Uniform Rule. The jersey or singlet worn by the members of a team (i.e., San Diego Track Club M50+ “A” team) in Master LDR Championships shall be basically identical for each member in color and style, and must be clearly visible throughout the race, i.e., worn as the outer garment if other apparel items are worn underneath by one or more team members. Individuals not complying with this uniform rule may be disqualified from scoring for a team. If your club has a complete “B” team running, then see the Clerks for identifying alpha stickers if the uniforms are the same as the “A” team.
• Only teams consisting of duly accredited representatives of a member club shall be eligible to score as a team.
• All athletes entering as part of a club must be affiliated with that club as part of their USATF online membership profile (an athlete's current affiliation can be viewed in his/her membership profile and as part of the online entry process) and meet the requirements of USATF Competition Rule 341.8. Athletes wishing to change affiliations can make such a request through their local Association (note that this request must be made by the athlete--see Regulation 4 in the USATF Governance Manual, Section III).
• The formation of club teams must meet all of the parameters as noted in Regulations 4 and 6 in the USATF Governance Manual, Section III and the USATF Rules of Competition, specifically Rule 341.8. This will be strictly enforced.
Pursuant to Rule 341.8, Master Teams shall represent current member clubs of USATF, verified through the national office. USATF Association, Regional, or National “all-star” teams are not eligible to compete in Masters Long Distance Running Team competition. Team members shall be affiliated with the club they are representing on their USATF membership record prior to entering the competition. Only one athlete per team (i.e., Club M50+ team) who is a non-resident member of an Association is eligible to compete for a team in that Association.
~ All USATF Masters 10 km Championship Entrant Qualifications ~
• All athletes must be U.S. citizens (with the exception of Master athletes, who may also be resident aliens).
• All athletes must be 2019 members of USATF in good standing. USATF memberships may be purchased online, through your local Association Office, or by calling the USATF National Office at 317-713-4665.
• Athletes will not be permitted to compete unless they have a 2019 USATF membership and completed the entry process.
• Club affiliation: Athletes must be bona fide members of a 2019 USATF club in order to represent a club and score team points. All athletes entering as part of a club must be affiliated with that club as part of their USATF membership (an athlete's current affiliation can be viewed in his/her membership profile and as part of the online entry process). Athletes wishing to change affiliations can make such a request through their local Association(note that this request must be made by the athlete--see Regulation 4 in the USATF Governance Manual, Section III).
• Sponsor Affiliation: In addition to a club affiliation, athletes are able to represent one (1) corporate sponsor. This corporate sponsor must be a registered USATF Corporate Member and be part of the athlete's membership profile. Corporate Membership applications can be obtained by sending an e-mail to email@example.com. All sponsor affiliations must be finalized by close of entries. No sponsor changes will be accepted after this date for the Championships.
• Unattached athletes are encouraged to join a local club or create a new club. Contact your local Association for information on starting your own club. "Unattached/Non-Scoring" athletes (those athletes not with a registered USATF club) may participate but will not be factored into team scores.
• Unless your date of birth/age has already been verified according to your USATF online membership profile, all entries must be accompanied by a copy of a legal document (passport or birth certificate) in order to verify date of birth and citizenship. If you have a valid passport at the time of entry, please use a copy of the information page of your passport as verification of citizenship and birth date. These copies will not be returned. You must FAX the copy of your passport or birth certificate, with your membership number, event, and championships name ("USATF Masters 10 km Championships") written in it to: USATF National Office at 317-261-0514 no later than Tuesday, April 21, 2019 by 5:00 p.m. EDT.
• There are no performance standards to participate.
• USATF member athletes who are citizens of the United States or resident aliens are eligible to compete in these Championships. However, only U.S. citizens may score for a team or win championship awards. Prize money is available for U.S. citizens only, per USATF Championship rules.
• Athletes must be 40 years or older on the day of competition.
• All master athletes must wear an age/gender “back” number showing age division. Runners competing without back numbers will be subject to disqualification.
20 Masters Team Scoring. Masters Teams for all Road Race Championships shall be scored by time as follows:
• The team score shall be the aggregate official time of the scoring members. The team with the lowest aggregate time is the team winner. Team divisions for both Master Men and Master Women are: 40+, 50+, 60+, 70+ and 80+.
• All Master Teams – three (3) individuals shall score with a maximum of five (5) individuals declared per team.
• Each age division shall be scored separatelyby adding the official times of the top 3 declared team finishers. A runner may only be listed on a single team roster. We will score only complete teams.
• USATF Rules indicate that when scoring by time:
(a) If a team fails to finish with a complete scoring team (i.e., less than 3 finishers), then that team shall not be scored. However, the team members who do finish shall be counted as individuals in the race results and shall be eligible to win individual awards.
(b) Ties between two or more teams shall be resolved in favor of the team whose last scoring member finishes nearer to first place.
21 Master Team Declarations. Note that only five athletes are allowed to be on the final team declaration per team respective of team division. If you have listed more than five athletes on your team’s online declaration form, only the first five listed shall comprise your club's declared scoring team unless you revise your declaration form. You have until Noon (ET) on April 20, 2019 to revise your online team declaration. A hard copy revision to final team declarations may be submitted in-person at packet pick-up no later than 4:30 p.m. (ET) on Saturday, April 27, 2019. Team revision forms will be available at packet pick-up. Questions should be directed to the Championship Referee. Please follow the instructions below to access the USATF online Club Management Area:
Access to the USATF Club Management Area is available to the person listed as the main contact on your original yearly member club application form, as well as club coaches and club administrators as designated by the main club contact. To gain access to your club, e-mail your club's main contact with your name, individual membership number, and role within the club. Note: access to the Management Area is limited to those people who are current individual members of USATF. If you joined as a new individual member instead of renewing, please e-mail your club's main contact person to have your new membership number attached to your club profile. You can find your club contact information at: www.usatf.org
* If your club does not appear on the list, it may be because the club hasn't renewed for the current year. Please contact your local Association for more information.
22 2019 USATF Masters 10 km Championships Prize Money Breakdown. USATF Championship medals will be awarded to the top 3 places in each 5-year individual division for both Master Men and Women (40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, etc.), the top 3 Age Graded Master Men and Women and the top 3 Overall Master Men and Women. A total of up to $10,200 in prize money will be awarded to member USATF Masters runners who have appropriately entered the Championship competition. Prize money is available for U.S. citizens only, per USATF Championship rules. All prize money will be mailed to clubs or individuals following the race.
2019 USA Track & Field Masters 10 km Championship
Hosted by the 36th Annual James Joyce Ramble
Dedham, MA ~ Sunday, April 28, 2019, 11:00 a.m. Start
Championship Prize Money
$10,200 Prize Purse
Age Graded USATF Masters (40+) Finishers (Men & Women combined)
1st $600 6th $200 11th $100
2nd $500 7th $200 12th $100
3rd $400 8th $200 13th $100
4th $300 9th $200 14th $100
5th $200 10th $200 15th $100
Overall USATF Masters (40+) Finishers
1st $300 1st $300
2nd $200 2nd $200
3rd $100 3rd $100
USATF Masters (40+) Winning Performances in each 5-year Age Group
Beginning at 40-44 and continuing to the group of the oldest runner.
1s t$100 1st $100
USATF Masters (40+) Winning Teams
40+1st $250 40+1st $250
50+1st $250 50+1st $250
60+1st $250 60+1st $250
70+1st $250 70+1st $250
80+1st $250 80+1st $250
USATF Masters (40+) Runner-Up Teams
MenWomen 40+ 2nd $100 40+ 2nd $100
50+2nd $100 50+2nd $100
60+2nd $100 60+2nd $100
70+2nd $100 70+2nd $100
80+2nd $100 80+2nd $100
Master athletes are eligible to win awards in all categories (e.g., overall, age group and age graded).
Drug Testing. All competitors (including master competitors) are eligible for “in-competition” drug testing. Any questions regarding prescriptions or other over-the-counter medication should contact The United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) at 1-888-233-0393.
Note: If the 2019 USATF Masters 10 km Championship is selected for drug testing, prize money checks will be mailed following our receipt of the drug testing results. The race has no control over when the results of the drug tests are released, and we cannot release the prize money until we have official results as it can directly affect the distribution amounts.
23) Additional Notes:
• Only citizens of the United States or resident aliens are eligible to compete in these Championships. However, only U.S. citizens may score or win championship medals.
• Athletes must be 40 years or older on the day of competition.
• There are no performance standards required to participate.
• Master athletes shall be allowed to win awards in all categories. (e.g., overall, age group, team, age-graded, etc.)
24) Protests concerning the result or conduct of an event shall be made to the Referee at once and not later than one hour after the announcement/posting of the results.
For further information about the James Joyce Ramble please visit: www.ramble.org