Running Ventures

Race Course Measurement and USATF Certification

USATF certification will professionalize your event. Running Ventures measures your race route in accordance with USA Track & Field specifications. This means your race distance is accurate - your runners can be confident they really did run the advertised distance. Your certified race course also makes all performances run in your race eligible for recognition as USATF records. This is an added benefit you can provide your race participants. A course certification is good for 10 years, provided there are no changes in the race course route during this time.

Getting Your Race Certified

Running Ventures measures your race route using a bike with a USATF approved wheel rotation counter. As you can imagine, measuring a course by bike is much easier on a dry day. Your course is measured using the shortest possible route a runner could take - imagine the biker pretending to be a runner. Sometimes this means riding the bike into and across traffic on the streets involved in your route. As a result, the measurement usually takes place when traffic is hopefully scant or non-existent, depending on your route. Scheduling of the actual day when the measurement will take place is based on all of these factors. You do not have to be present for the course measurement.

To get your course certified, we need the following information about your race:

Once we have this information, we prepare a preliminary map for you to review. Once approved, a target week for the measurement will be set up. When the measurement is complete, Running Ventures prepares all necessary paperwork and submits it to USATF to obtain your official certificate. This paperwork must be submitted at least one day prior to your race date. Running Ventures will ensure that this is done in a timely manner.

With your course certification you receive the following:

Course Measurement Fees

Course measurement fees are based on:

Typical measurement fees are:

Once you provide the information about your course we can give you a quote for the actual fee to complete the measurement. There is an additional filing fee of $35 for the Application for Certification.