HALF MARATHON 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 & Field, One RCA Dome, Suite 140, Indianapolis, IN 46225 Tele: 317.261.0500 FAX: 317.261.0513 website: www.usatf.org
INDIVIDUAL: Men and Women: 13.1 miles
Men’s and Women’s Individual events will be offered in the following age categories:
18–29 45–49 65–69 30–34 50–54 70–74 35–39 55 – 59 75 + 40–44 60–64
Men’s and Women’s Weight events will be offered in the following age categories:
Men: 225 lbs and over 18 – 39
Women: 165 lbs and over 18 – 34
18-29 30-39 40-49 50-59 60+
18-29 30-39 40-49 50-59 60+
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.
In many locations there are independent contractors who will coordinate the entire finish line operation. Use of these contractors is required unless prior approval for an alternative plan is approved by USPFC.
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USATF officials should be used to handle any protests in regards to the rules in this sport. If a USATF official is not present, a USPFC director will handle any protest of rules.
Auxiliary personnel to handle water stops and assist along the course wherever needed. 20 to 30 volunteers may be needed for this sport.
Several volunteers should be on the course as trouble shooters and course marshals. At least one person should be used as “sweeper” to ensure all competitors are accounted for at the end of the race.
A finish line announcer is advantageous. MEDICAL
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.
The course to be used should be selected from USATF certified courses available in most major cities. Should there be a problem and no course is available, the Coordinator will then have to measure 13.1 miles and have it certified by USATF. The course shall be well marked and shall have course marshals present in dangerous and/or confusing areas.
The course shall have water stops where practical.
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.
At hazardous street crossings, there must be a person to direct traffic and assist runners. The finish line shall include a finish chute; well marked with flags, ropes and signage. There shall be ample water and rest room facilities at the finish line.
Tables for water stops
Water and “Gatorade”
Starting pistol and ammunition Numbers for competitors / safety pins
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Follow car or bicycle
Communication system; portable radios
P.A. System for Announcer
Fruit, high energy foods and ample water for all competitors must be at the finish line.
Maps of Course:
To be sent to competitors prior to competition. (Maps should indicate location of all water stops.) At check-in, a large map of the course indicating mile markers showing the 1, 3, 6 mile and half-way point can be extremely helpful.
Finish line equipment (if not contracted): The finish chute shall be at least 30 feet long and well marked with flags.
GENERAL SPORT RULES for Half Marathon
All competitors will be issued a front Bib number and an age group number for their back. Lead Follow Vehicle: If a vehicle cannot be utilized, bicycles may be used for this purpose.
Starting Time: The weather will play a large part in establishing a starting time. The recommended starting time is 0700 hours, but can be adjusted to fit the circumstances. Once a time has been established, it shall not be changed except to adjust it later in case of hazardous conditions.
1st through 3rd place) plus those for Team Event 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.