MEET INFO

The 2019 Music City Distance Carnival will take place at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN over two evenings – Friday May, 31 and Saturday, June 1. The meet is a USATF-santcioned event.

There are races for runners of all ages and abilities – from toddlers and beginners to Masters and Olympians.

SCHEDULE (TENTATIVE – WILL BE CONFIRMED BY MAY 1)

DAY 1: FRIDAY May 31st

Track open for preview/workouts/shakeouts from 12:00pm to 6:30pm on Friday

DAY 2: SATURDAY JUNE 1st

Track will not be open until approximately 2:00pm on Saturday

MEET VENUE

The address for the track is 1400 Natchez Trace, Nashville, TN 37203

The meet will take place on a brand new Mondo surface laid down in April 2017.

Athletes will not be able to run if they do not comply with these rules:

• The use of 1/4″ pyramid spikes will be strictly enforced

• NO NEEDLE SPIKES OR CHRISTMAS TREE SPIKES ALLOWED

• No permanent spike shoes allowed

• Shoes will be checked at last call in the Clerk Area and prior to getting on the track

ENTRY STANDARDS FOR ELITE RACES

Anyone not having attained the marks below may enter the Open 800 (no entry standard), 1 Mile (no entry standard), or 5000m races (Men: 18:30/Women: 20:00)

Seeding:

Elite Invitational Pro Races: Seed times must be actual performances (not fitness estimates) and must be verifiable marks achieved between March 1, 2018 and the registration deadline (Monday May 27, 2019).
i.e. Performances may be 2018 Outdoor meets or from 2019 Indoor or Outdoor meets.
Typically, marks for this meet are only accepted from the current calendar year, but this is a rather unique year with the U.S. Championships & IAAF World Championships being much later.

Performances from other events may be used for seeding purposes, using the 2017 IAAF OUTDOOR Scoring Table (e.g. a runner may use) provided they have attained the minimum entry standard requirement.
e.g. a runner with a 2019 indoor 3000m time of 7:50.00 may use that mark (worth 1115 pts) for seeding purposes in the Mile (worth 3:56.76).

For the purposes of 5K & 10K seeding, USATF-certified road races may also be considered. 

Elite High School Races: Seed times must be actual performances (not fitness estimates) and must be verifiable marks achieved between January 1, 2019 and the registration deadline (Monday May 27, 2019). Performances may be from Indoor or Outdoor meets. For the purposes of 5000m seeding, USATF-certified road races may also be considered.  2018 performances will only be considered in exceptional circumstances.

Typically, marks for this meet are only accepted from the current calendar year, but this is a rather unique year with the U.S. Championships & IAAF World Championships being much later.
Performances from other events may be used for seeding purposes, using the 2017 IAAF OUTDOOR Scoring Tables.
e.g. a male runner with a 2019 indoor 3000m time of 7:50.00 may use that mark (worth 1115 pts) for seeding purposes in the Mile (worth 3:56.76).

For the purposes of 5K & 10K seeding, USATF-certified road races may also be considered. 

Elite High School Races: Seed times must be actual performances (not fitness estimates) and must be verifiable marks achieved between January 1, 2019 and the registration deadline (Monday May 27, 2019). Performances may be from Indoor or Outdoor meets. For the purposes of 5000m seeding, USATF-certified road races may also be considered.  2018 performances will only be considered in exceptional circumstances.

High school athletes may enter the Elite Invitational Men’s and Women’s 5000m races providing they recorded the requisite 3200m/2 miles times listed above.

Seeding for the races will be as follows:

600m (Women only right now): 1 heats. 8 runners max. No rabbit.

800m races: 3-4 heats. Top 8 + rabbit in fastest heat. Run in lanes. Slowest seed in lane 8 sharing lane with rabbit Lane assignments: Fastest seed to slowest seeds – 4, 5, 3, 6, 2, 7, 1, 8

1500/Mile races: 2-3 heats. Top 12 + rabbit in fastest heat

3000m Steeplechase: 1 heat. Maximum of 18 runners. If more than 24 runners are confirmed, top 14 seeds will run in fastest heat; all others in slower heat.

5000m: 1 heat. Maximum of 32 runners

PRIZE PURSE

The prize money distribution is below.

Women’s Events:
600m: TBD
800m: 1st – $750, 2nd – $250, 3rd – $150; Meet Record Bonus: $250 (1:59.76)
1500m: 1st – $750, 2nd – $250, 3rd – $150; Meet Record Bonus: $250 (4:05.69); TN Soil Record Bonus: $250 (4:03.37)
3000m S/Chase: 1st – $750, 2nd – $250, 3rd – $150; Meet Record Bonus: $250 (9:34.76);
5000m: 1st – $750, 2nd – $250, 3rd – $150; Meet Record Bonus: $250 (15:42.30); TN Soil Record Bonus: $250 (15:22.76)

Men’s Events:
800m: 1st – $750, 2nd – $250, 3rd – $150; Meet Record Bonus: $250 (1:45.57); TN Soil Record Bonus: $250 (1:44.85)
1500m: 1st – $750, 2nd – $250, 3rd – $150; Meet Record Bonus: $250 (3:39.77); TN Soil Record Bonus: $250 (3:34.92)
1 Mile: 1st – $750, 2nd – $250, 3rd – $150; Meet Record Bonus: $250 (8:26.08); TN Soil Record Bonus: $250 (3:55.43)
3000m S/Chase: 1st – $750, 2nd – $250, 3rd – $150; Meet Record Bonus: $250 (8:26.08); TN Soil Record Bonus: $250 (8:21.48)
5000m: 1st – $750, 2nd – $250, 3rd – $150; Meet Record Bonus: $250 (13:48.31); TN Soil Record Bonus: $250 (13:20.39)

Note: Prize money will be awarded to the top 3 times recorded in an event; not the top 3 in the ‘fastest’ heat; i.e. an athlete may win (or win prize money) out of a slower heat in the case if the 800m, for example.

In both the men’s and women’s Elite 5000m races, the first three Tennessee residents to finish will receive $150-$100-$50.

Checks will be mailed out approximately 2-3 weeks after the meet.

Note: Per NCAA rules, athletes with remaining NCAA eligibility may accept prize money up to and including the cost of traveling to and participating in the meet (this may include hotels and meals). However, you will need to keep all receipts and also check with your school’s compliance director.

RABBITS
If you are an athlete (or the coach of an athlete) interested in pacing, please email the meet director. Unless otherwise negotiated in advance of the meet, rabbits will be paid $150, or $40 per lap, whichever is the higher amount.

TRAVEL & ACCOMMODATION ASSISTANCE

For anyone seeking travel and accommodation assistance, there is a form for you to complete and submit your request. A strict budget has been set aside for this. It will be dispensed on a first come first serve basis to those who sign a meet contract and email a confirmed travel itinerary.
Athletes who have attained the following standards in 2018 (outdoors) or 2019 (indoor or outdoors) are eligible for (but not guaranteed to receive) travel assistance to assist with either air or road travel to/from Nashville.
800m: 1:46.00/2:02.00; 1500m: 3:39.00/4:11.50; Mile: 3:58.50/4:31.50; 3000m: Steeplechase: 8:32.00/9:55.00; 5000m: 13:37.00/15:45.00

The standard amount that will be paid out is $250 towards the cost of travel.

This meet is an approved D.C.O (Domestic Competition Opportunity) for 800/1500m runners in the USATF tiered funding program. So you may apply those funds to your travel and/or accommodation for this meet.

A list of suggested accommodation options is available by clicking here

APPEARANCE MONEY
Appearance money will be paid on a very limited basis. Unless you are a 2016 Olympian or a current indoor or outdoor U.S Champion, it is unlikely you will receive any appearance fee. This is not the Diamond League!

NOTE: With regard to both travel and accommodation assistance and appearance money, a meet contract will be drafted and emailed, and must be signed by the athlete and/or agent.

DOPING CONTROL
If you have ever been convicted of a doping violation, no matter how long ago, you are not welcome at this meet. Not this year, not any year. There will be a USADA agent at the meet, and anyone competing should expect to be subject to a random in-competition test.

NATIONAL RECORDS
If you set a U.S Record you will automatically be subjected to a test. USADA will pay for this.

If you are a foreigner and set a National Record, it is strongly advised you get a test immediately after the race. Furthermore, you should advise the meet director well in advance of the meet that you are going for a National Record (and specify which event), and also email the meet director any record paperwork that your national federation might require.

All relevant forms for U.S and World Records (Open and Masters) will be available at the meet so that records may be ratified in a timely manner.

REGISTRATION

Registration is via runsignup.com and is at this link

NOTE: All runners must sign up for the meet online. No exceptions.

Entry fees are as follows:

  • $40.00 per event for high school runners and adults.
  • $20.00 for Middle School runners.
  • $12.00 for Elementary School runners.
  • $7.00 for the Kids Superhero 200 Dash and 400m Steeplechase.