Each year runners, race walkers, field athletes, coaches, volunteers, and officials convene for the USATF annual meeting. The 2016 USATF annual meeting closed yesterday. Highlights include establishing the 2020 Olympic Trials Marathon standards and qualifying window (more info after the jump), the election of a new President, Vin Lananna, as well as the election of out-spoken USATF critic Lauren Fleshman as one of the athlete representatives on the USATF Board.
There is a lot of good news coming out of the meeting, certainly, but as you’ve likely heard, this progress is dwarfed by reports that Max Seigel’s compensation includes regular flights on private jets and stays in five-star hotels, that whole Rule 40 thing, and other bad-press. At this year’s annual meeting alone, renewed criticisms about the 2016 Olympic Trials Marathon and controversy swirling over the treatment of members of the Youth Executive Committee who were banned by USATF CEO Max Siegel last May.
A few months ago we explained what USATF is and how it affects the sport, but does it affect you?
Do you care about the USATF? Are you an active member? Why or why not? Are you alarmed by the scandals and controversies? If so, tell us what your beef is.