USATF Phidippides Program
Not interested in running in Championships, but just love getting out for races with your friends and neighbors and having a good time? Then the Phidippides Program, named after the professional-running courier of Ancient Greece is for you! No time standards, no intense training regimens are needed, just a USATF membership, a willingness to run in races and keep track of your successful finishes.
For each race you run as a masters runner (40 years and up), you're awarded points based on the distance raced. Accumulate points each year to earn a handsome bronze, silver, or gold plaque. The fifth time you earn the gold plaque, you have the option of receiving instead an elegant crystal award. Older runners need fewer points to qualify. For details consult the Phidippides Program page.