San Francisco Track and Field Club

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San Francisco Track and Field Club
Athletics club
San Francisco Track and Field Club Logo.png
San Francisco Track and Field Club Logo
Short name SFT&FC
Founded 1982
Location San Francisco
Affiliations USATF, Federation of gay games

San Francisco Track and Field Club is a California non-profit, public benefit corporation established in January, 2007. Since 2007, San Francisco Track and Field Club (SFT&FC) has maintained its United States Track & Field (USATF) club membership and hosts the USATF-sanctioned Pride Track & Field Meet annually. SFT&FC's goal is to dignify and promote gay and lesbian athletes. SFT&FC encourages athletes of all ages, genders, races and abilities to strive for personal best achievements. SFT&FC stresses the joy of sport while attempting to nurture athletic ability: Members set personal goals and SFT&FC helps each member achieve the goals.[1]


SFT&FC began in the Fall of 1982, immediately following the first Gay Games in San Francisco. Dr. Tom Waddell, founder of the Gay Games, had put together a team of athletes to represent San Francisco in track and field at the Games.[2] Those athletes had such a positive and uplifting experience from participating in the first Gay Games that they banded together to form the San Francisco Track and Field Club. The formation of the Club enabled them to stay together and continue training and competing in the years between each Gay Games, allowing them to strive for personal excellence in athletics, which is a hallmark of Waddell's Gay Games philosophy. Since 1982, SFT&FC has sent its athletes to all of the eight Gay Games.[3] In 2012, SFT&FC celebrated its 30th Anniversary. San Francisco Mayor, Ed Lee issued Certificate of Honor for its work and commitment in promoting track and field competition for the LGBT community.[4]


SFT&FC meets every Sunday morning during a season that generally lasts from late January to early October. There are a number of track meets available to athletes, from local all-comer meets to National Championships. A list of potential meets is available at each practice. Everyone is encouraged to participate at the level they feel comfortable with. In addition to track and field training and competition, SFT&FC has served the local community by providing free track and field clinics and working with the City of San Francisco to update Kezar track.[5]


SFT&FC hosts its own track meet, Pride Track & Field Meet.[6] The annual event is well attended by local master and senior athletes and has been venues for new American records [7][8] and world records.[9] In addition to competing at its own track meet, SFT&FC also sends its athletes to various local, national and international competitions, such as:


  1. ^ San Francisco Track and Field Club
  2. ^ The Bay Area Reporter. June 22, 2006. On track.
  3. ^ Gearing up for the Gay Games / Athletes practice with pride to prepare for Sydney competition, San Francisco Chronicle. September 6, 2002.
  4. ^ Certificate of Honor, The City and County of San Francisco, August 25, 2012.
  5. ^ Kezar Stadium track needs upgrade, San Francisco Chronicle. Feb 28, 2013.
  6. ^ Inaugural track meet a major success, The Bay Area Reporter. July 12, 2007
  7. ^ Joy Upshaw downs a Phil Raschker USA record: W50 300 hurdles, August 13, 2011.
  8. ^ Olathe warmup: Lesley Chaplin claims W55 American mile record, July 7, 2013
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  10. ^ USATF Pacific Association Outdoor Track & Field Championships
  11. ^ California Senior Games

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