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2019 Team USA Marathon:  ACA Selection Criteria
References to Sections ICF Marathon Racing Rules are noted in ( ).
ICF MARATHON WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP – SELECTION
The ACA Marathon Team Trials (MTT) shall serve as the annual selection race to determine which athletes represent the USA in ICF Marathon World Championships. The team will be selected from the 1st and 2nd place boats that complete the MTT course within the standards listed below. Additional athletes per class that meet the time standards may be named to the USA National Team and will be eligible to compete in the ICF Marathon World Cup(s) as well as other international events that require registration through the ACA.  

The ICF Marathon World Championships allow two (2) entries per class per country.  

The ICF Marathon World Cup events do not impose limits on the number of athletes per class per country.  

Selection to the ICF Marathon World Championship Team is restricted to the classes to be offered at the upcoming ICF World Championships.

MINIMUM PACE STANDARDS
The time standards for the ICF World Championships have been established, in part, to comport with ICF Rule 12.8.3:

     “Athletes who have been lapped will end their race at the most suitable time and location and as soon as possible after the race leader has passed the last portage. The normal location for ending a lapped paddler’s race will be at the portage. They will be recorded in the place they are at that point in the race.”

The minimum pace is calculated based on the winning average pace, per class, at recent ICF Marathon World Championships. This speed is then reduced to the slowest possible average pace that would not result in the athlete being lapped by the race winner.

Example: the average pace for the K1 Senior Men’s World Champion in recent years, assuming good weather on a flat water course, is roughly 13.5 kph (8.4 mph) over the 8-lap, 30-km course. The minimum pace established by the Selection Committee for K1 Senior Men is 12.2 kph (7.58 mph), roughly the minimum speed required to avoid being lapped. 

These are minimum standards to be considered for the World Championship Team. It is expected that each athlete will improve on these speeds in the time between the MTT and the World Championships. 

All participants at the MTT, as well as those who want to be considered for team spots that remain vacant after the MTT must sign a statement prior to the MTT acknowledging that the athlete has read and agrees to:

1.The Marathon Selection Committee’s Selection Criteria 
2.The ICF Marathon Rules 

Class
Pace (KM/HR)
Senior
K1 Men
12.2
K1 Women
10.9
C1 Men
10.9
C1 Women
9.2
K2 Men
13.0
K2 Women
11.5
C2 Men
11.1
C2 Women
10.0
U23
K1 Men
12.2
K1 Women
10.9
C1 Men
10.9
C2 Women
9.2
K2 Men
13.0
K2 Women
11.5
C2 Men
11.1
C2 Women
10.0
Junior
K1 Men
12.0
K1 Women
10.7
C1 Men
10.1
C1 Women
9.0
K2 Men
12.9
K2 Women
11.4
C2 Men
11.0
C2 Women
9.9
MASTERS ATHLETES 
The ICF does not mandate a maximum team size for Masters World Championships. Masters athletes are encouraged but not required to compete at the Marathon Team Trials. Masters are not subject to the selection criteria, but their entries must be coordinated and submitted through the ACA.

MARATHON SELECTION COMMITTEE – GUIDELINES 
The objective of the ACA Marathon Selection Committee is to recommend the best marathon athletes to represent the USA in the ICF Marathon World Championships and other international level events.

The ACA Marathon Committee shall appoint a selection subcommittee (hereinafter, Selection Committee) comprised of a minimum of three marathon committee members. This committee will certify the results of the annual marathon team trials and name the World Championship team. The Selection Committee may invite additional selectors from outside the marathon committee such as coaches, MTT race organizers and former marathon committee members, provided they meet the following criteria:  

  • 1.Be a current member of the ACA,  
  • 2.Shall have been a member of the USA Marathon World Championship team within the last ten
  •     (10) years, or finished in the top half of the Marathon Team Trials within the last ten (10) years.

A minimum of one (1) Selector must be present at the Marathon Team Trials. It is strongly encouraged that all Selectors attend the MTT.  

It is highly recommended that at least one selector have access to a laptop computer (personal computer - not supplied by the race organizer or ACA) at trials to facilitate calculation of minimum pace standards. 

Selectors are to use the current minimum time standards to recommend athletes for the team. The minimum pace standards enumerated above may be relaxed only in extreme circumstances (e.g., poor course conditions caused by inclement weather). Selectors may also consider situations in which an athlete would have met the time standard but for a mishap not of his or her own doing (e.g., capsize caused by a collision that resulted in an anomalous subpar lap split).  

Absent foul play, Selectors shall not name an athlete of a lower rank at the expense of an athlete of a higher rank to the World Championship Team.  

Selectors will need to submit an explanation to the Marathon Committee in the following situations:
  • 1. The athlete does not achieve the minimum standard and is recommended for the team
  • 2. The athlete achieves the minimum standard, places in 1st or 2nd and is not recommended for
  •     the team.

During the selection meeting following the MTT, Selectors may not participate or vote in any situation that results in a personal conflict. For example, if a Selector competes in the K1 Senior Women’s event with intent to make Team USA, she may not participate in the discussion or vote regarding that class, but she may participate and vote for all other classes.

ALTERNATES
Alternates in the K1 and C1 categories will be ranked on order of finish at the Marathon Team Trials, subject to the time standards. These athletes may be named to the World Championship team for the K2 or C2 team slots, provided these doubles positions remain open after the MTT. Alternates in the K2 and C2 categories may also be named to the Marathon World Cup teams.  

VACANCIES FOLLOWING MARATHON TRIALS
If any slots remain vacant after the conclusion of Trials, the Selection Committee may select additional athletes for Team USA. 

Priority of consideration for individual time-trials shall be granted first to athletes who participated in the Marathon Team Trials. 

Regarding athletes who did not compete at MTT, a petition from the prospective single or doubles team must be received by the Selection Committee prior to the date of the Marathon Team Trials requesting permission to attempt a supervised time trial, or alternate race to be considered for a vacant team slot.

Only slots that are not filled at the MTT will be deemed an open slot.  

Athletes must submit a proposed course, including portages, to the Selection Committee for completion of a supervised time-trial or an alternate race. This must be approved in advance by the Selection Committee. Substantiation of a time trial may include GPS, video, witness statements by ACA certified coaches or officials, and/or other documentation required by the Selection Committee.