The process of selecting the USATF New England Road Running Grand Prix is flawed. A few select individuals decide three equally unpalatable “slates” for us to choose from. Great races like the James Joyce 10km, the
10km, the Lenox marathon, and the Middlebury Maple run ½ marathon aren’t even considered! Canton
A few years ago the slate system was adopted because
thinks the general population will select races that may “conflict” with other races. I call bullshit on that! Each and every person who votes for the GP has their own agenda and their own list of races that they want to run. Why is some elite group sitting down (on an afternoon during the Veteran’s day holiday of all things) and deciding what is best for the membership? How many “Iron-runners” were invited? Was your club represented? Were the “active and top scoring clubs” invited? I think I know the answer to those questions. USATF NE
Heck, the slates we’ve been given have conflicts with OTHER USATF NE events!!! The potential exists for a couple of weeknight races, talk about conflicts…I’m sure a lot of people out there can’t justify a weeknight race. How about a Thursday night downhill 5k 39 hours before the start of the Mt Washington road race (which is a perennial Team Event)? Yikes, that is going to hurt!
It really comes down to choices and each of us will make those choices based on our individual priorities. It would be great if we had ALL of the choices. If a race goes through the trouble of bidding for a championship we should all be allowed to at least consider the race.
What I’m calling for is for everyone who reads this to contact USATF NE (email addresses below) and tell them that you want OPEN VOTING. Have them do away with the slates and allow the most popular races as selected by the membership of USATF.
If we generate enough email traffic maybe USATF will listen to the members and make this important change.
Let USATF New England know that you are smart enough to vote on EACH distance. Tell them that “slates” are a bad idea. Let your voice be heard and maybe we can get this fixed for 2014.
Email the powers that be: