USATF Pacific


About USATF Pacific


Page updated Sept. 18, 2023

Who Are We?

    • The Pacific Association is a member association of USA Track & Field (USATF). Its geographical boundaries stretch from the California-Oregon border on the north to San Luis Obispo in central California on the south. Our east boundary stretches just beyond Reno, Nevada. Click here to view a map that shows the USATF California Association regions.
    • The Pacific Association oversees and administers region-wide programs for all ages in track and field, long distance running, and race walking. Our largest component are youth (ages 18 and under), who compete in all three of these sports disciplines. We support them with regional events that lead up to national Junior Olympic competitions.
    • The Pacific Association sanctions and provides liability insurance to approximately 300 athletic events in our region annually.
    • The Pacific Association is the largest of all the USATF associations with approximately 8,000 members and more than 125 member athletic clubs. Our annual budget of almost $300,000 is by far the largest of all the USATF associations.
    • The PA hosts a wide array of Championship events such as the Olympic Track & Field Trials, the NCAA Division 1 Track & Field Championships, the 50-km US Trail Run Championship, Youth Track & Field and Cross Country Championships, and Masters National and World Championships.
    • By joining the Pacific Association you will:
      • Support the sports disciplines listed above and their athlete development programs;
      • Receive a membership in the national USATF Association;
      • Be eligible to compete and score points in the many Pacific Association and National USATF championship competition;
      • Have the opportunity to become a certified track & field, distance running, and/or race walking official;
      • Receive member benefits that include event participation insurance, a subscription to Fast Forward (the national USATF quarterly magazine), and more!

PA/USATF Mission Statement

  • To develop sub-elite and emerging elite athletes, and to provide them with an opportunity to rise to national and world-class levels, and to ultimately be successful in international competition, including the Olympic Games.
  • To offer organized competitive programs in which ANY Pacific Association individual member or Pacific Association member club may compete and rise to the level of their own potential and best efforts.
  • To offer organized competitive programs in which Pacific Association member clubs may compete against each other in the spirit of good sportsmanship.
  • To offer an opportunity for local USATF sanctioned and certified events to support the above stated goals, and be valued partners of the association’s programs, by participating as Pacific Association Grand Prix Championships and/or Grand Prix Circuit events.

USATF-Pacific organizational chart  (updated June, 2015) View and/or download this chart to see how the Pacific Association is structured.

Additional Information and Resources

For specific information about Pacific Association activities, select from the top navigation bar drop down menus. If you have additional questions, please check the FAQ page first. You may also contact us by phone, mail or email.

More about USA Track & Field (USATF)

    • What is USA Track & Field? USATF is the national governing body for long distance running, race walking and track and field. This means it is a rule-making and enforcing organization. Without rules athletes are unable to compete fairly, achieve standards or set records. USATF is also heavily involved developmental programs for youth athletes and post-collegiate elite athletes. It is the only long distance running, race walking and track and field organization recognized by the U.S. Olympic Committee and by the IAAF (International Association of Athletics Federations).
    • USA Track & Field Mission Statement: “To continue its leadership role as the world’s pre-eminent national governing body in athletics—from the grassroots to the elite level.” In addition, USA Track & Field will provide opportunities for athletes of all ages to pursue excellence in long distance running, race walking, and track and field in the USA. Through a nationwide membership of more than 2,500 clubs, schools, colleges and universities, and other organizations interested in track and field, long distance running and race walking, USATF promotes programs of training and competition for men, women, boys, and girls of all ages; protects the interests and eligibility of its some 60,000 member-athletes; and establishes and maintains the sports’ rules of competition. USA Track & Field is comprised of 57 member Associations—with each representing a geographic area as defined in USATF’s bylaws.