USA Track & Field Foundation announces seven Distance Training Centers to participate in Plus3 Grant Program

USA Track & Field Foundation announces seven Distance Training Centers to participate in Plus3 Grant Program

INDIANAPOLIS –The USA Track & Field Foundation, in partnership with Plus3 has awarded seven long distance running clubs the opportunity to participate in the 2015 Distance Training Grant Program, Foundation Executive Director Tom Jackovic and Chairman Bob Greifeld announced today.

Financial support for the program is provided by the USATF Foundation while Plus3 provides a platform for running fans and enthusiasts to log healthy activities on the website and phone application.  For every activity logged, a monetary donation goes to one of the seven USA Distance Centers.  To date, Plus3 has facilitated over $1.2 million in donations for worthwhile charities.

Each club was awarded the opportunity to participate in the program because of the impact they have shown in their local running community.  Participants in these clubs vigorously train together on a daily basis in an effort to compete on national and international levels–while proudly representing the USA.

While the athletes enter their exercise, the bulk of the funds raised for each club is generated by the exercise of their fans.  Plus3 allows the clubs to connect with their supporters to encourage them to lead healthy lives that in turn power the donations.

In 2014, five of these clubs earned grant awards ranging between $3800 and $6000 each.  Those five clubs were the New Jersey * New York Track Club, Team USA Minnesota, Run Furman Elite, Rogue Athletic Club, and ZAP Fitness.

“At Plus3 we want to build a healthier nation, and by turning every exercise activity into a donation, we encourage folks to be well by doing good,” said Joe Fabris, co-founder of Plus3 and a former sub 4 miler. “And with the USA Track and Field Foundation and the USA Distance Centers, we have elite athletes and fans motivating each other.”

This year the USATF Foundation will invite all five clubs to participate in the grant program again as well as two new additions Brooks Beasts and The American Distance Project.

The USATF Foundation enables fans and supporters of distance running to join the movement inspired by these dedicated athletes to get active and stay healthy.  Fans, supporters, and any member of the public who would like to turn their exercise into money for a USA Distance Center can log onto – and choose a center to support.  Thanks to the USA Track & Field Foundation, it’s all free.

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Plus3 makes the world a healthier and better place by helping its members lead healthier better lives. Plus3 counts millions of daily Healthy Activities as mileage-rewarded or time-rewarded fundraising. It is the social network that actively manages, motivates, validates, and rewards members for being healthy. Plus3 links members with corporate sponsors and non-profits in a shared goal of worthwhile giving. Making It Count is their phrase for this process of bringing people, causes, and sponsors together for the good of everyone.

For More on Plus3 go to or call Joe Fabris at (408) 827-8713.

The USATF Foundation provides a means to attract and guide funds to new and innovative track and field programs with an emphasis on providing opportunities for youth athletes, emerging and experienced elite athletes, along with guidance on future career paths. The Foundation depends upon donations from its Board of Directors, major gifts, and from generous fans of track & field.

Elite athletes are supported by the Foundation via monetary grants, career counseling (mentoring and jobs) and participation in Run With US!. Youth athletes are supported via monetary grants to youth clubs.

For more information, or to contribute to the USA Track & Field Foundation, Click Here or contact Tom Jackovic at (412) 398-2484 or