Our USATF Membership
Hill Striders are a small part of a much greater community of
runners throughout the United States. We believe strongly
that one of the best ways to show support for our sport and
this larger community is by having all of our members simultaneously
enjoy membership in USA Track & Field (USATF).
Several years ago our members
approved a proposal to automatically enroll all Heartbreak Hill
Striders members in USATF - New England. The annual membership
fee for USATF is $30, effective January 1, 2007. New and renewing members
must complete the USATF - New England application form at the
time they complete and submit the club's
form. The club then handles all administrative details
related to submitting applications and payments to USATF.
USATF is the National Governing
Body for track and field, long-distance running and race walking
in the United States Just a few of the ways USATF serves our
- Establishing grassroots
programs, such as Junior Olympics to help develop
future leaders in the field.
- Developing, selecting
and leading Team USA - the World's #1 team - at
the Olympics, World Championships and many
other international events each year. Roughly 700
athletes of all ages wear a Team USA uniform in
any given year.
- Promoting programs
of training and competition for men and women and
boys and girls of all ages.
- Establishing and
enforcing the rules and regulations of our sport.
- Sanctioning more
than 4,000 events each year.
- Providing insurance
to sanctioned events, member clubs and member-athletes.
- Certifying race
courses for accuracy and validating records.
USATF is a volunteer-driven,
not-for-profit organization. "Card-carrying" members of USATF
and its subsidiary organization, USATF - New England,
receive an array of benefits, including automatic scoring in
Grand Prix club events, insurance benefits, discounts on subscriptions
to track and field and fitness-related magazines, and reduced
prices on a variety of other items.
One immense benefit to HHS runners is that USATF enables
clubs to purchase Event Insurance. HHS would not be able to run indoors at Babson or to use the Cross Fit facility after the Boston Marathon without delivering a Certificate of Insurance to the property owners. Our use of each of these sites entails contractual obligations, one of which is a Certificate
of Insurance. USATF gives us the ability to do this.
Members also receive USATF
membership publications and can access the "Members Only" section
of the USATF web site. The site offers information on every
aspect of our sport, including elite athlete and Hall of Fame
biographies, event information and results, late-breaking news
and other topics of interest, in addition to vital membership
details and contact information.