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Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Silly question....

OK, calling all runners. I'm new to this whole thing.

I mean, I ran most of last year, and participated in a half marathon....but there's still allot I don't know.

If, for example, a local running club announces a "quality" run....that's "USATF certified," are there any restrictions to running it?

I mean, if I show up, will I be laughed out of the place because I don't run a 5 min mile marathon pace???

No where does it state "participants must be training for Olympics and/or have won all high school and cross country races."

There is a 1 mile kids run and a 2 mile fun run in the lineup as well. But they make a point of pointing out the 8km's USATF certification.

Why does that sound like "mere mortals shalt not attend"?

What say ye?

7 comments:

LoriV. said...

USATF certified means that you can use the time acheived as a qualifying time for entry in other runs where you have to list your pace. (It might mean other things, too, but this what I know.) Certain runs require proof than you can run a certain pace in order to start in the corrals close to the start. All of the runs I've done have been USATF certified and I'm a snail and have never been laughed off the course. Go for it!

Nej said...

I got online and found the finishing times for past years....and I'll be coming in last for sure. But it still sounds like fun!!!! I might have to check it out!

Andrew Opala said...

LoriV's got it, it also means the distance with minimal tangents is no shorter than the listed distance.

I don't know if you follow Jill, my coach, but give her a shout. She's awesome and been running for a million years and a coach for about 100 years ... or something like that.

Run With Jill

C2Iowa said...

Nej - just as Lori stated. Run it.

Andrew is correct - Jill is awesome. If you are interested; give her a shout.

Faith Ann said...

I don't have a remark related to this post, but I had to comment that I love that you have your weather posted on your blog in both Fahrenheit and Celsius.

I only know Celsius temperatures and have no idea what people are talking about when they say it's -7F!

Nej said...

@ Andrew and C2Iowa - I haven't been to her blog...but I'm going to check her out (hehehe) later today!!!! Thanks for the recommendation.

@ Faith Ann - That's why I did it, I was having the same problem. I know the F's, but not how it relates to the C's. :-) :-)

Fran said...

Can't help you, no idea what it means, sorry.