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An article by Steve Durrant, Developing Organized Walking within a Running Club


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Race walking – the sport

In national competition, USATF established an official definition of race walking to formally differentiate it from running. This definition evolved across several decades as officials attempted to better define the sport. Although many rules regulate competitive walking, only this definition (in two parts) serves to characterize legal race walking.

USATF DEFINITION:
1) Race walking is a progression of steps so taken that the walker makes contact with the ground so that no visible (to the human eye) loss of contact occurs.
2) The advancing leg must be straightened (i.e., not bent at the knee) from the moment of first contact with the ground until in the vertical upright position.

Source: http://www.racewalk.com/HowTo/Rules01.asp

If during judged competition, 3 different judges say they saw a walker violate either of these rules, they are disqualified. The course lengths are usually the same as runners, but 1500 meter, 3K and 8K distances are very popular also. The average time for regular race walkers is in the 11 to 13 minute range, regional and national walkers can be clocked in at 6 to 8 min. miles.

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Walk Committee Chair: Bunny May

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Walking Committee Policies and Procedures