The Rodes CIty Run 10K takes a stand against doping! New athlete policy bars both athletes and agents representing athletes with doping suspensions!
In an effort to maintain an environment that ensures fair competition and clean sport, the Rodes City Run 10K (RCR) will enact a new anti-doping policy effective Friday, April 17, 2016. The policy takes aim at systematic doping and takes a strong stance on agents with a record of representing athletes who are currently or who have previously served drug bans. In addition, the RCR will work to actively prevent further infractions; all entrants in the elite field will be subject to random drug testing, beginning in 2016. The full policy is as follows:
To be eligible for elite entry or prize purse at any RCR Event, an athlete must:
Not be currently serving a suspension for use of a banned substance
Not have ever served a ban for use of performance enhancing drugs
Not be represented by coaches and/or agents who have had 2 or more athletes receive such suspensions in the previous 4 years
Not be represented by coaches and/or agents who ever served a ban for use of performance enhancing drugs during their own athletic career
Provide proper documentation proving they are eligible for prize money (form W-9, W-8ECI or W-8BEN)
Consent to random drug testing according to the standards and procedures of USATF, USADA and WADA
This policy is a unique take on anti-doping because it includes agents who represent athletes with suspensions, a stance not previously taken by road racing organizations. "Events our size struggle to balance between offering notable prize money and covering the expense of thorough drug testing," says Blake Boldon, Executive Director, "We're ramping up our efforts but we're taking an extra step toward a drug free sport. Effective today we are no longer dealing with coaches and athlete representatives who have demonstrated a pattern of benefiting by supporting cheaters or who have ever cheated themselves."
NOTE: Athletes who participate in this competition may be subject to formal drug testing in accordance with USATF and IAAF rules, in accordance with USOC, USADA, or IAAF procedures. Athletes found, after a disciplinary hearing, to be positive for prohibited substances, as defined by the WADA Code and/or IAAF, or who refuse to be tested, will be disqualified from this event and may lose eligibility for future competitions. Any prize money payable to an athlete who has tested positive shall be withheld until the final disposition of all disciplinary proceedings. BEWARE: Some prescriptions, over the counter medications, and nutritional supplements may contain prohibited substances. Information regarding drugs and drug testing may be obtained by calling the USADA Reference Hotline at 1-800-233-0393, or www.usantidoping.org.
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