About the Iowa Association
of USA Track & Field

Who We Are:

USA Track & Field (USATF) is the National Governing Body for track and field, long distance running and race walking in the United States. USATF is a volunteer-driven, not-for-profit organization with a staff of professional program administrators at the National Office in Indianapolis. The mission of USATF is to foster sustained competitive excellence, interest, and participation in the sports of track & field, long distance running and race walking.

The Iowa Association is the local branch of USATF and is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization which depends on the support of its members to run its many programs and services. USATF Iowa consists of its individual members, member clubs, supporters and sponsors. It is managed by a Board of Directors made up of  the four officers and the Committee Chairs.  All individuals are welcome to attend Board meetings at any time. Check the calendar for the next meeting.
What We Do:

USATF Iowa conducts Championships for all age groups (youth through masters) in

  • Outdoor track and field
  • Indoor track and field
  • Cross country
  • Race walking
  • Road racing
  • Trail racing

Awards are provided to the top individuals in all age groups (open, two-year age groups for youth, and five-year age groups for masters). Youth qualify at the cross country and outdoor track and field meets for Junior Olympic Regional Championships, from which they may qualify for National Championships. Contributions from our members and other friends of athletics are used to keep the entry fees low for youth meets.
Club Services. Athletes and/or their parents who want to form or join a club can contact Jim Walczyk by email at treasurer@iowa.usatf.com or by calling 515-771-4246 for advice and/or referrals. Youth are also eligible to compete in all Junior Olympic events conducted by USATF Iowa.

Officials Certification. To help ensure fair competition, USATF Iowa trains and certifies officials for track and field, distance running, and race walking. We also help meets locate the officials they require. If interested in becoming a USATF-certified official, or if you need to staff a meet, contact Curt Broek by email at officials@iowa.usatf.com or by calling (515) 490-0168.

 Race Sanctions. USATF Iowa sanctions about one hundred events a year, providing low-cost liability insurance and guidance for safe and fair competition. The fee depends on the number of entrants. contact Jim Walczyk by email at sanctions@iowa.usatf.com or by calling 515-771-4246 for further information.

Why Join:

Membership offers these benefits:

  • Medical and life insurance. Members are insured when competing in USATF-sanctioned events, when traveling to and from the events, and when participating in club practices.
  • USATF-registered clubs also get Track Coach quarterly, a copy of  the current USATF Rules of Competition, and practice insurance.
  • USATF membership allows you to compete in state and national championships.
  • Assorted discounts on products and services.