The USATF Foundation ODP was created in 2018 by the USATF Foundation under the leadership of Director Martin Dugard. The program’s mission is to inspire a movement across the country by providing an opportunity for youth distance runners to display their passion, commitment, and personal growth within the sport.
With the 2028 Summer Olympics site solidified as Los Angeles, there is a new dream for youth runners—stand on the starting line representing the United States. The USATF Foundation aspires to assist youth athletes to live that dream.
The USATF Foundation ODP provides a platform to assist the development of runners of all levels while delivering elite training with access to the best coaches and mentors in the sport.
Benefits of the USATF Foundation ODP
- Integrates USATF Foundation principles and mission
- Creates opportunities for elite level training
- Allows ODP members to meet and work with Foundation Elite Grantees (post collegiate professionals ranked top 30 in the world and top 10 in the USA in their event)
- Opportunity to meet like-minded athletes that are serious about their commitment to the sport
Please note: The USATF Foundation ODP has initially been developed for youth distance runners but will be expanded to other track & field disciplines in the near future.