Olympic Development Program (ODP) Standards
- Elite Development:Genesee Valley Harriers Inc is dedicated to the sport of running, but more specifically cross country, track and road racing. The main goal of GVH is to field full competitive teams in regional and national competitions while simultaneously improving individual achievement and success on a year round basis. Additionally, GVH sponsors and supports running related activities throughout the community. These include team races, team workouts, Sunday long runs, club meeting and social gatherings.
GVH is a charter member of USATF’s Elite Development Club Program. The Elite Development Club Program is intended to support USATF’s efforts to develop nationally and internationally competitive athletes by increasing and enhancing the number of year-round training environments available to post-scholastic U.S. athletes. By increasing the total number of talented high school and college athletes who continue their serious competitive involvement in the sport following graduation, we enlarge the talent pool from which our future stars can emerge.
The “Elite Development Club” designation identifies clubs with the commitment, resources, and record of providing significant assistance to these athletes, thereby making it easier for the athletes to continue high-level, competitive involvement in our sport. At the same time, it is intended to enhance the ability of Elite Development Clubs to marshal community and corporate support for the task of furthering the development of the most talented and dedicated post-scholastic and post-collegiate athletes in their geographic areas.