Atlanta Track Club Open Team

About

Atlanta Track Club's Open Team is an inclusive group of competitive athletes representing all ability levels united in our desire to reach our individual potential through continuous improvement. The Open Team welcomes post-collegiate long distance runners under the age of 40 and track and field athletes under the age of 30 who look to progress as they compete in local and regional road racing and track and field competitions. Our Open Team members share a love for athletics and demonstrate a commitment to preparation, sportsmanship, camaraderie and competition. We work hard, support our teammates and competitors and have fun. We are Atlanta Track Club!

Who Can Join

Atlanta Track Club's Open Team is for athletes of all abilities that are serious about competing locally, regionally, and sometimes nationally. We welcome men and women of all disciplines and are committed to reflecting the diversity of both Atlanta and the larger athletics community. All participants must be members of Atlanta Track Club, agree to the policies found in the team handbook, commit to volunteering with the Club, and uphold the values of the organization. Additionally, we follow the formal rules set forth by USATF regarding eligibility.

Any Atlanta Track Club member within the required age ranges can join. Whether the goal is to win your age group or the overall race, if you train and race hard this team is for you. Typical members include former high school and college athletes and local road warriors.

  • Long Distance Running: 19-39 years of age
  • Track and Field: 19-29 years of age

Athletes above the age range should see Atlanta Track Club's Masters Teams

How to Register

You must first be a member of Atlanta Track Club or join here and then you may register here. Uniforms and other team apparel can be purchased at the time of registration.

If you have additional questions, feel free to reach out to your team captain.

Men's LDR Open Team: Jared Bell
Women's LDR Open Team: Erin Karara and Kate Myers

Beliefs

Atlanta Track Club strongly believes that the future of athletics is grounded in a robust competitive environment featuring local clubs and local athletes. As a result, our open team is primarily made up of Atlantans and Georgians who train and compete together. Athletes in border states with a history of Atlanta Track Club membership, Atlanta residency, or other connections are also eligible to join. Athletes that do no have a local club with a competitive open team may have the opportunity to join. All volunteer expectations are still required for athletes residing outside of Georgia. Please email the High Performance Director with any questions about eligibility.


Practices and Competitions

Practices

Groups and individuals practice at various locations throughout the city. Look for more information on the practices soon.

Travel & Competitions

Most open long distance athletes focus on Atlanta Track Club and other road racing events, club cross country, and select regional or national competitions. Open track and field athletes focus on Atlanta Track Club track and field meets, association level championships, and select university invitationals and national meets. Athletes often travel together to share expenses. Some athletes qualify for limited travel support based on meeting volunteer expectations.

Standards

There are no standards to join the team. However, in order to earn Club-funded coaching by our Elite Team coaches and/or the opportunity to train with the Elite Team, athletes will need to exceed team standards and complete required volunteer hours. These are rare individuals or "sub-elites" often trying to bridge the gap to the professional ranks and are not representative of the typical Open Team member.

Event Gender Standard
800m
Women 2:10.00
800m Men 1:50.00
1,500m/Mile Women 4:25.00 / 4:46.00
1,500m/Mile Men 3:45.00 / 4:05.00
5,000m Women 17:00.00
5,000m Men 14:30.00
10,000m Women 36:30.00
10,000m Men 31:30.00
Half Marathon Women 1:19.00
Half Marathon Men 1:09.00

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