The San Francisco Track & Field Club seeks to dignify and promote gay and lesbian athletes and to be inclusive of all ages (Open, Masters and Seniors), all genders, all races and all abilities. We stress the joy of sport while attempting to nurture athletic ability, always encouraging each other to strive for personal best achievements. You set the goals; we help you get there with a training program and support that has been a model of gay sports since our beginning. We hope to provide an avenue for athletes (men and women) to show their talent, pride, courage and ability to endure.
The San Francisco Track & Field Club 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. Those athletes had such a positive and uplifting experience from participating in the 1st Gay Games that they banded together to form the San Francisco Track & 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.
Training and Competition
The San Francisco Track & Field Club meets every Sunday morning during a season that generally lasts from late January to early October. The team also meets every Wednesday evening. There are a number of track meets available to athletes, from local all-comer meets to National Championships and a list of potential meets is available at each practice. Everyone is encouraged to participate at the level they feel comfortable with. No one is forced to compete or to come to practice. You set your own personal goals and limits. Athletes are encouraged to have a weight-training program of their own during off days.
There is no fee for joining the San Francisco Track & Field Club. The Club is a member of Team San Francisco, the blanket sports organization for San Francisco teams competing at the Gay Games. There is a fee, however, for joining Team San Francisco, if you wish to do so. If you choose to participate in USA Track & Field (USATF) sanctioned meets (the National Governing Body for track and field), individuals are encouraged to become members of USATF. For fees, club number or additional information, check the USATF website.
Board Meetings are generally held on the 3rd or 4th Sunday of each month. Meetings are open to everyone. Check the Events page for exact location and time. Meeting minutes are posted here.
2013 Board Members
Check Article 3 of the SFT&FC Bylaws for details regarding the number, duties, responsibilities, etc.
If you are interested in becoming a Director, please contact the President.