USA Track & Field (USATF) has its membership on the run -- and the discus, shot-put, decathlon, and javelin. The group is the governing body for track and field sports, long distance running, and race walking in the US. It has about 100,000 members and sanctions more than 4,000 events a year; member groups include the NCAA, Road Runners Club of America, and the National Federation of State High School Associations. The organization sets rules, promotes the sport, and selects the US track and field Olympic teams. Its nearly 60 associations direct 2,500 local clubs. USATF traces its heritage to the Amateur Athletic Union, founded in New York City in 1878.
After disappointing results during the 2008 Summer Olympic Games in Beijing, a USATF task force released a report critical of how the organization prepared US athletes for the international competition. It recommended several changes at USATF, including measures to streamline the US Olympic trials and stronger anti-doping policies. The governing body has set a goal of winning 30 medals at the London Summer Games in 2012.
Doug Logan was named CEO of USATF in 2008, replacing Craig Masback. He previously served as a commissioner of Major League Soccer and was an early promoter of the Arena Football League.