USATF Course Certification


What is course certification?


The purpose of the USATF course certification program is to produce road race courses of accurately measured distances.

For any road running performance to be accepted as a record or be nationally ranked, it must be run on a USATF-certified course. In addition, the certification program is very important to the average road racer, as well as those of exceptional speed. Most runners like to compare performances run on different courses, and such comparisons are difficult if course distances are not reliable. No one can truly establish a personal best if the course distance is not accurate.


Duration of certification?


Because courses often degrade over time, all course certifications expire automatically 10 years after the year of issue, and must then be re-measured in order to be recertified.


Certification Process for your race route includes ?


> accurate and precise measurement (considers temperature on day(s) of measurement)

> detailed interactive digital "USATF Map It"  web link 

> USATF Certified Map including detailed locations of start, all turns, mile points,                         and finish locations                        - includes  USATF web link

> USATF Document of Race Route Certification (valid for 10 years)

> permission to use USATF Certified Course Logo on all marketing material for related events


How do I get the process started or obtain further information?


> complete the "J7 Race Services Request Form" after clicking the green button                          located at the bottom of this page