Pacific Assocation of USA Track and Field

Para Athletics

Steven Toyoji Para Athlete

San Francisco’s Steven Toyoji took second in the men’s 1,500 51/52 class race at the 2014 U.S. Paralympics Track and Field National Championships at College of San Mateo, Sunday June 22.
Photo courtesy of the Eric Sun/Special to The S.F. Examiner


The Pacific Association’s Para Athletics Committee was established in 2012. Prior to 2012, this Committee was referred to as the Disabled Athletes Committee and chaired for many years by Charlie Sheppard. In 2014, under the leadership of the current Chair George Rehmet, and Charlie Sheppard, this committee was responsible for bringing the U.S. Paralympics Track & Field Championships to the Pacific Association.

Para Athletes compete in Track & Field Paralympic events, which include track sprints and distance events, field events of throwing and jumping, and the marathon. Learn more by visiting the Track & Field page of Team USA.


PA/USATF Para Athletics Committee News

PA PA Strategic Plan 2017-2020 (Revised 6.14.19) – Check it out!

Posted by on Jun 15, 2019 in Coach, Elite Athlete, Masters News, Masters T&F, Mtn-Ultra-Trail Running, Officials, Para Athletics, Race Walking, Road Racing, Track & Field, XC, Youth | 0 comments

CLICK HERE to view USATF Pacific’s Strategic Plan (Revised June 14, 2019).

This document is updated with information from the March 19, 2019 Board of Athletics meeting, where the ongoing Strategic Plan was discussed and conclusions were achieved, under the guidance of the Strategic Plan Coordinator, Mark Winitz. The primary emphasis for this Olympiad is “membership growth”. There are five planning areas:

  • Administration and Governance
  • Athlete Development and Competition
  • Communications
  • Marketing and Promotions
  • Resources and Education/Training

At the meeting, after breakout sessions for each planning area, the leader of each session gave a report to all the meeting’s attendees, answered questions, and accepted additional input.

Following the meeting, the leaders of each of the planning areas updated their planning area’s strategic plan and submitted the information to Mark Winitz, who then compiled all five of the planning areas’ information into this document. USATF Pacific’s Strategic Plan is a very useful document to show how PA Committees join forces to set goals for the USATF Pacific’s future. Review this document to understand how USATF Pacific plans to move forward as we approach the 2020 Olympics. If you have questions or suggestions, direct them to the “responsible party(ies)” listed for each planning area.

PA Statements for Contested Positions on PA Youth & Coaches Committees (rev. 1 June); post includes ballot details.

Posted by on Jun 1, 2019 in Coach, Elite Athlete, Masters T&F, Mtn-Ultra-Trail Running, Officials, Para Athletics, Race Walking, Road Racing, Track & Field, XC, Youth | 0 comments

Board of Athletics members: Watch for an email arriving May 25 with the ballot for candidate voting.
Elections for these positions will take place from 25 May-26 June, with results announced before 30 June. Details below:

  1. June 26 at midnight is the deadline for ballots to be returned.
  2. Send ballots to [email protected]
  3. Email addresses that have opted out of Constant Contact will not receive the ballot. Please contact Secretary Stephanie Trafton if you think you have not received a ballot in error. Those in the Coaches Committee and Youth Committee (eligible clubs with SafeSport, 3+ athletes, etc.) and other eligible voters will receive a ballot for only the contested positions in their committee.

Direct questions to USATF Pacific Secretary, Stephanie Trafton.

PA Assoc Annual Meeting Announcement – Tues, 18 Sept.

Posted by on Aug 21, 2018 in Coach, coaching education, coaching education, Elite Athlete, Masters LDR, Mtn-Ultra-Trail Running, Officials, Officials News, PA Masters TF News, Para Athletics, pausatf, Race Walking, Road Racing, Track & Field, XC, Youth | 0 comments

The USATF_Pacific Association will host its annual meeting Tuesday, 18 September at the Foster City Recreation Department from 7:30-10:00pm. Foster City Recreation Center, (650 Shell Blvd., Foster City, 94404).
Primary tasks at the Annual Meeting are to approve the 2019 operating budget and approve sixteen delegates to the Columbus Annual Meeting.
Agenda and meeting information will be posted one week before the meeting at:

OFF George Kleeman funeral details for Monday, 30 April

Posted by on Apr 26, 2018 in Coach, Masters LDR, Officials, Officials News, PA Masters TF News, Para Athletics, pausatf, Race Walking, Road Racing, Track & Field, Youth | 0 comments

In Remembrance of George Kleeman

Full biography of George’s life and contributions

Monday, 30 April:
Christ the King Catholic Church
199 Brandon Rd, Pleasant Hill, CA 94523 (google maps link)

9:30-10:00am – viewing
10:00 – Mass
Immediate following: Reception with buffet lunch and open mic

Zio Fraedo’s Restaurant
(walking distance from church)
611 Gregory Lane, Pleasant Hill, CA 94523 (google maps link)

Private burial following


Remembrance donation:

In lieu of flowers or gifts, please consider making a donation to the George Kleeman Officials Training Fund. This fund is a part of the Pacific Association Foundation, a not for profit 501(c)(3) organization.

Click on this link for an electronic donation via PayPal.

Or mail cash and check donations to:
Pacific Association Foundation
George Kleeman Officials Training Fund
120 Ponderosa Ct.
Folsom, CA 95630

The Pacific Association Foundation was established as a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization to assist members of the Pacific Association with funding for programs to develop Olympic-caliber athletes and to support vital regional youth programs, coaching education, officials’ clinics, and more.

Click here for more information

PARA Paralympic-Eligible Athletes Coaching Clinic for Coaches and Athletes – Fri, 25 March – Folsom HS 

Posted by on Feb 29, 2016 in Coach, Para Athletics | 0 comments

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Paralympic-Eligible Athletes Coaching Clinic for Coaches and Athletes – Fri, 25 March – Folsom HS

Dear Coach,
In support of the recently announced Inclusive Sports program by the California Interscholastic Federation, join U.S. Paralympics and U.S. Paralympic Track & Field National Team coaches for a training and educational afternoon at Folsom High School. The session will cover training modifications and best practices for Paralympic-eligible track & field athletes including wheelchair racing, Para-ambulatory racing, seated and Para-ambulatory throws and practical instruction for coaches and athletes.
Those who are invited to attend are Paralympic-eligible athletes, high school, middle school and college coaches, USATF officials and coaches, physicians, therapists and any others interested in Paralympic track & field.
Date/Time: Friday, March 25; 1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. (Please arrive 30 minutes prior for check-in)
Location: Folsom High School, 1655 Iron Point Rd, Folsom, CA 95630
Hosted by: U.S. Paralympics, U.S. Paralympic Track & Field, Folsom High School T&F Team
Please view this informational flyer for registration and additional details or CLICK HERE to register.
Thank you,

Dan Schwieder, MS, CTRS
Manager, Paralympic Community Partnerships
United States Olympic Committee
1 Olympic Plaza
Colorado Springs, Colorado 80909
719-866-2034[o]  719-238-5139[m]