CROSS COUNTRY RULES
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United States Police and Fire Championships (USPFC)
8304 Clairemont Mesa Blvd., #107. San Diego CA 92111
Tele. (858) 571-9919 FAX: (858) 571-1641 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
U.S.A. Track and Field
132 E. Washington St, Suite 800, Indianapolis, IN 46225
Tele: 317.261.0500 FAX: 317.261.0513 website: www.usatf.org
Men – INDIVIDUAL & Team: 6.2 MILES (10,000 Meter) AND
Women – INDIVIDUAL & Team: 6,000 meters
Men’s and Women’s Individual events will be offered in the following age categories:
18 – 29 30 – 34 35 – 39 40 – 44
45 – 49 50 – 54 55 – 59 60 – 64
65 – 69 70 – 74 75 +
Men’s and Women’s Weight events will be offered in the following age categories:
Men: 225 lbs and over 18-39
30-39 40-49 50-59 60+
Women: 165 lbs and over 18 – 34
A team consists of a maximum of 4 runners (best 3 scores to count). At least 3 Team members must complete the course for the Team to be eligible for medals. The aggregate score of the best three times determines the Team score. If a placing Team has 4 team members the fourth team member may only receive a medal if he/she starts the race.
In order to run on a Team, Competitor must also enter the Individual event. Competitors in both events are scored by the result of one race.
18-29 30-39 40-49 50-59 60+
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Sport Coordinator: This is a long and difficult competition for both the competitor and coordinator. The competitor deserves the best effort possible from the coordinator.
An independent contractor will be hired to coordinate the entire finish line operation. USATF officials should be used to handle any protests of rules in the sport.
20 to 30 volunteers are needed for this sport. Personnel should be placed on the course as course marshals and troubleshooters, with a designated Lead Bike and “sweeper” to ensure all competitors are accounted for at the end of the race.
There must be a minimum of one (1) Trainer in a tent near the start/finish area along with all necessary tables and equipment.
A physical therapist can assist competitors with tight, stiff muscles and is highly recommended.
Communications shall be available at each venue and preparations made in case it is necessary to summon additional emergency services.
A premeasured USATF or Collegiate course shall be used, if possible.
If no course is available, then the coordinator with the independent contractor shall measure a 6,000 meter and a 6.2 mile, (10,000 meter), course.
If the course has hill, mud, sand, dirt, pavement, water or any type of hazard, each competitor shall be notified of such in the Confirmation Letter.
Course markings: The course shall be well marked with distinctly marked arrows at every turn, cross street or intersection. The arrows shall be no less than 10 feet long. In addition, course marshals should be used to direct competitors through potentially confusing areas. Course mileage shall be clearly marked every mile.
The course Starting Line must be at least 100 feet wide. The running course must be no less than 20 feet wide at all times.
At hazardous street crossings, there must be a person to direct traffic and assist runners. There shall be water available for runners where practical.
Finish chute: The finish chute shall be at least 35 feet long and well marked with flags.
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Items needed by sport coordinator:
1. Chalk and line marker (or other approved marking device).
- Six or more stopwatches.
- Starter’s pistol and ammo.
- One box of small safety pins (4 per runner plus extras)
- One set of running numbers with pull tags worn on front and Age Group Number to be worn on the back.
- Water and/or Gatorade type drinks. Fruit and high energy food at the Finish Line.
- A large map of the course indicating distance markers at 1 mile increments and noting the half- way point.
- Maps to race area.
10. P.A. system for announcer.
GENERAL SPORT RULES for Cross Country
Lead Follow Vehicle: A lead/follow vehicle should be used as a trouble shooter. If a motorized cannot be utilized, bicycles may be used for this purpose.
Starting time: The weather will play a large role in establishing a starting time. The recommended starting time is 0700 hours, but can be adjusted to fit the circumstances. Once a starting time has been established, it shall not be changed except to adjust it later in case of hazardous conditions.
Transportation: Depending on the distance to the site, transportation for the competitors may be beneficial.
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1st through 3rd place medals will be required. USPFC will advise you of the number of sets needed based on total entries, plus a reasonable margin.
THE USPFC GENERAL RULES APPLY TO ALL SPORTS.
YOU MUST BE FAMILIAR WITH ITS CONTENTS.
PRECISE RESULTS MUST BE FORWARDED
TO THE HOST COMMITTEE IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING THE CONCLUSION OF THIS SPORT
The USPFC Director assigned to your sport is knowledgeable and experienced in providing assistance during the preparation and running of the sport. Questions, a detailed accounting of your preparations, and any area requiring approval of the USPFC shall be submitted in a timely
manner to this USPFC Director.
The USPFC Directors want to work with you to make your sport a success.
PLEASE USE THE USPFC DIRECTORS AS A RESOURCE.