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    USA Championships in Eugene June 25-28
    Rock ā€˜nā€™ Roll Seattle Marathon & Half Marathon on Saturday, 27 June.
    PNW T&F Junior Olympics in Seattle June 27-28

    I usually officiate at that JO Championship meet but this year will be in Eugene for what serves as selection meet for USA team to World Champs at Berlin in mid-August. I look forward to Eugene's 10km track events, both men and women, but those runners and I seem destined to miss a fine half-marathon during those over-scheduled days of late June in the same region. And that JO meet should include some other officials, as well as athletes and their families, who would enjoy the attending the competition, junior and senior, at Eugene.

    There was a similar JO conflict during 2008 Olympic Tials period that I saw early and called to attention of some USATF folks who made adjustments. But in 2009 it may be too late for a change such as half-marathon to be one week later -- on July 4.

    Maybe the new USATF leaders can produce procedures to avoid similar feast vs. famine situations. I can recall when such conflicts were not sanctioned.
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