MTF Update #1 by Jerry Bookin-Weiner – Interim Chair

USATF Masters Update #1

This is the first of what will be a regular series of updates on what is going on in Masters Track & Field. These updates will give us (MTF leadership) an opportunity to communicate with the Masters community in a very timely way with the latest accurate information. If you read it here you can be assured that the information is the latest available and accurate, not hopes, wishes, or speculation, unless it’s labeled as one of those.

If you want to see an issue addressed in these updates, please use our contact form below to email us. We will collect these comments for review.

To forestall some items being raised for the next update it will include 1) the status of the outdoor nationals in Greensboro, 2) WMA rescheduling (still up in the air but will provide a bit more detail), and 3) recent major rule changes.

For those who don’t know me, I’m Jerry Bookin-Weiner, Interim Chair of the USATF Masters Track & Field (MTF) Committee. I was the Vice Chair for the past three years and assumed the new role when our former Chair, Rex Harvey, passed unexpectedly last December. We all miss him terribly, but fortunately he had made it a point during his three years as Chair to keep me totally in the loop, so the learning curve was fairly smooth and short.

My background is as a masters thrower, though I retired from throwing last year because of long term lower back issues (severe stenosis at four levels). Professionally I am a Middle East historian and retired international educator (international student exchange, curriculum development, study abroad programs, and more) who headed international offices at universities in Virginia (Old Dominion), Massachusetts (Bentley), and Colorado (Colorado State) and ran study abroad programs for American students for two study abroad provider organizations. I retired in 2015 after a career spanning 40 years. Retirement has given me the time to pursue my passion for Masters Track & Field, though I had already held positions as a regional coordinator and throws subcommittee chair beginning in 2002.

Stay safe and healthy!

Jerry