OA has agreed to a variation to its technical rules for the organisation of the Australian Sprint Championships in Tasmania later this year. A Red Start Group will be used (as is done in many international races) in the start draw for men’s and women’s elite races. Entries, excluding the top ten nationally ranked runners, will be randomly drawn, and the ten highest ranked runners will be separately randomly drawn and start as the last 10 starters. The top ten will be those ranked highest on August 12th (close of entries for Australian Sprint Championships). Late entries will not be part of the Red Start Group, regardless of ranking.