Masters Runners Training For U.S. Road Champs

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Aug. 1, 2013
  • Updated Aug. 1, 2013 at 12:46 PM UTC

The inaugural event takes place in Alexandria, Va. in November.

With a lot of focus on younger athletes, many followers of the sport may be overlooking the fact that competitors over age 40 will be toeing the line at the U.S. National Road Racing Championships this November.

The USATF has recently posted about the race that kicks off in Alexandria, Va.

For the first time ever, the race will serve as both a USA Track & Field open national championship and a USATF masters championship.

“We are very pleased to designate the U.S. National Road Racing Championships as our national championship for masters,” USATF CEO Max Siegel said. “With both the open and masters divisions serving as national championships, the race truly will showcase the full range of top-level racing in this country, while also featuring everyday runners and fitness enthusiasts.”

The race is 12K in distance and serves as the season-ending finale to the USA Running Circuit (USARC).

“This is a tremendous development for our masters competitors,” said USATF Masters Long Distance Running Chair Don Lein. “Our athletes are world-class in their own right and are richly deserving of the national spotlight that this race brings. We look forward to this season-ending race on the cobblestone streets of Alexandria.”

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Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at and a freelance journalist who’s been covering the sport of running for over five years. He’s run 2:32 in the marathon and won the Himalayan 100-Mile Stage Race in 2007. His first running book, RUN SIMPLE, was released last July.

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