Racewalking, or race walking, is a long-distance discipline within the sport of athletics. Although it is a foot race, it is different from running in that one foot must appear to be in contact with the ground at all times. This is assessed by race judges, making it the most subjective of the disciplines in athletics. Typically held on either roads or on running tracks, common distances vary from 3000 metres (1.8 mi) up to 100 kilometres (62.1 mi).
There are two racewalking distances contested at the Summer Olympics: the 20 kilometers race walk (men and women) and 50 kilometers race walk (men only). Both are held as road events. The biennial IAAF World Championships in Athletics also features the same events with the addition of a womes 50 kilometers walk. The IAAF World Race Walking Cup, first held in 1961, is a stand-alone global competition for the discipline and it has 10 kilometers race walks for junior athletes, in addition to the Olympic-standard events. The IAAF World Indoor Championships featured 5000 m and 3000 m race walk variations, but these were discontinued after 1993. Top level athletics championships and games typically feature 20 km racewalking events.
The sport emerged from a British culture of long-distance competitive walking known as pedestrianism, which began to develop the rule set that is the basis of the modern discipline around the mid-19th century. Watching people walk was America's favorite spectator sport in the late 19th century. Since the mid-20th century onwards, Russian and Chinese athletes have been among the most successful on the global stage, with Europe and parts of Latin America producing most of the remaining top level walkers.
Compared to other forms of foot racing, stride length is reduced; to achieve competitive speeds racewalkers must attain cadence rates comparable to those achieved by world-class 800 metres runners.
Polar Bear 10 Mile Racewalk, Asbury Park, NJ
20 km, XI World Veterans Athletic Championships, Niagara Falls, NY 1995
( bronze medal mx-4 40-45 age group )
5 km, XI World Veterans Athletic Championships, Buffalo, NY 1995
Ronn Zinn 10 Miler, April 1988, Asbury Park, NJ
World Class Racewalking
Dave McGovern is the most experienced and productive race walking coach and clinician in the US, and perhaps the world. A 25-year veteran of the US National Racewalk Team with a master's degree in sport science from the United States Sports Academy, Dave has conducted some 20 clinics and camps per year throughout North American as well as Europe, and South and Equatorial Africa, since 1991. Many of Dave's clinic alumni have lost weight, bounced back from heart disease and diabetes, completed marathons, and many have won masters race walking championships and set age-group world records.
Four time Olympic medalist, three 50Km golds in a row, double gold medal winner Syndey Olympics 2000 - Robert Korzeniowski. Looks like it's in Polish. Robert Korzeniowski "Special K" has to be considered the greatest race walker ever.
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National Masters News
National Masters News is the only national publication devoted exclusively to long-distance running, ultra running, track and field and racewalking for men and women over the age of 30. It is the central source of information for masters athletics throughout the U.S., and was founded in 1973. Published monthly, National Masters News features athlete profiles, training tips, diet information, results, race and meet schedules, age-records, rankings, profiles, race reports, human interest stories, lively editorials, world news, and local information for each region. We also administer the USATF Masters All American program for both the road and track and field.
An informational resource for active and prospective masters athletes. Whether youâ€™ve been a track and field athlete all your life, or youâ€™re just curious, we hope you will find what you are looking for. There are over 10,000 active participants in masters track and field in the United States. The sport is flexible, inclusive and diverse enough to accomodate any level of interest. Masters track and field consists of local, regional, national and international competition opportunities for athletes 30 years and older. All levels of ability are welcomed and encouraged to participate. Masters track and field actively promotes fitness, friendship, volunteerism, athletic development, competition and sportsmanship. Men and women compete separately in 5 year age groups starting at age 30: 30-34, 35-39, 40-44 etc. Masters meets typically include sprints, distance running, hurdles, throws, jumps, racewalking and relays.
Misc Great Racewalking Information Around the Web
( 2018 Update ) - Getting back into training and competitive walking and
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