What races are eligible to join as Allied Members?
Any road race in the U.S. that offers any amount of prize money can become a PRRO Allied Member.
How would the testing work?
PRRO Allied Members become part of a pre-competition drug testing pool. If your event is chosen, two elite competitors at the event will be selected for pre-competition testing on race weekend. Testing will be conducted by Clearidium, an IAAF certified drug testing company, with results submitted to the IAAF. Pre-competition testing involves no additional race day organizational burden for race directors and additional volunteers; the only requirement for pre-competition testing is for race organizers to assist the drug testing team in locating athletes targeted for testing.
What obligations does the event have?
Publicize that drug testing may occur on race weekend, which is critical for transparency and will also serve as a deterrent.
Prominently feature the tagline "PRRO Allied Member—Supporting Clean Sport" and in race publicity and social media as well as the hashtag #CleanSport.
If chosen for testing, the event will coordinate with Clearidium, PRRO's drug testing provider, for athletes’ selection and testing. This coordination will consist mostly of informing the assigned Clearidium representative where the elite athletes are staying on race weekend. No other volunteers or logistics should be needed.
No prize money should be paid to any athletes until given the green light from Clearidium, which typically takes about one month after race weekend.
In accordance with best practices, Allied Member events should also maintain the PRRO policy of not paying travel or lodging for anyone returning to competition after a two-year or longer drug ban. Event Directors can verify the status of any elite athletes entered into their race at the following website, www.dopingsanctions.com.
What if there's a positive test?
Adjudication of any positive result is handled by the IAAF, at no cost to the event. Suspension of the athlete is handled by the IAAF.
The event must maintain confidentiality about any positive tests until a final result is announced.
Other athletes may be paid prize money earned. What are the benefits to the event?
PRRO Allied Members will be provided a logo with the tagline to be included on entry form, website, social media and other publicity: “PRRO Allied Member— Supporting Clean Sport” This branding shows athletes, the media, sponsors and your community that the event has joined the fight against performance-enhancing drugs by becoming part of the pre-competition drug testing pool. PRRO will publicize Allied Members in press releases, social media and on the PRRO website: http://www.PRRO.org
What does Allied Membership cost?
The cost is $500 per year for events with fewer than 3,000 runners, and $1,000 for events with more than 3,000 (including all events on race weekend). These funds will be used to help fund increased testing. Partial costs of the Allied Membership program are being underwritten by a grant from MarathonGuide.com.
How does my event join?
Contact PRRO President Don Kardong at firstname.lastname@example.org, and inquire about our introductory offer.