WALKER RESOURCES, CLINICS, INTENSITY BUILDING
The WALKER RESOURCES page has been updated. There are 2017 dates for last year’s listed races as well as some new additions. These events seem to be more than just walker friendly, by the information provided on their websites. What does that mean?
Most of us have seen announcements which indicate that an event welcomes walkers. Registrants aren’t asked to declare intentions to walk the race, and all persons pay the same fee and receive the same race-related materials. Walkers start at the same line and time as runners, but are asked to move to the back of the pack at the start with slowest runners. There might be a time posted after which the course is considered closed, notifying would-be walkers that to receive an official finish time and to be protected from traffic they must achieve a minimum average pace (most times about 15-16 minutes/mile).
In races that welcome walkers there usually aren’t officials or judges along the course to monitor walking form (insure that there is no running of part of the race to illegally obtain a better finish time). The post-race celebration fun is available to walkers too.
This is a wonderful way for walkers to join friends of all abilities in a race event. It can be personally competitive (walkers seek to better their own time) but usually there are no places or medals officially awarded to walkers.
However, some WISH TO HAVE COMPETITIVE ELEMENTS incorporated officially into the walker division of an event. Races that separately register walkers, provide specific race materials, or award places and medals for these participants are not common. Earned Runs periodically checks out the races listed on the USATF website to identify races of this type, and lists them by month on the Walker Resources page. Check it out if you’re interested!
ALSO, note that race walking clinics offered by Dave McGovern are now listed on this page, scheduled for August through November.
If you want to ‘up your game’ for personal growth, improve your time in organized competitive events, or avoid injury while enjoying your sport, attending one of these clinics may be attractive. Receiving advice from experts is one of the surest mays to get fired up and become a better athlete!
All levels of racewalkers are welcome and can expect to gain expertise. Guest celebrity racewalkers sometimes assist with clinics, the website says, another reason to consider attending one. There’s more information on the website:
July 28-30: Redmond WA
August 12-13: Long Island NY
September 15-17: Oklahoma City, OK
October 6-8: Louisville KY
November: (Tentative, 3-5, Myrtle Beach SC), 10-12, Galveston TX
January 21-23 Claremont CA
A link to the site has been added so you can monitor information that is promised on upcoming events like the New England event September 10-16, 2017, and 2018 walks.
What can recreational strollers do to intensify the activity of their walks other than simply moving faster at a continuous pace? There will be a post tomorrow on this topic.
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EARNED RUNS is edited and authored by me, runner and founder. I began participating in road races before 5Ks were common. I've been a dietitian, practiced and taught clinical pathology, and been involved with research that utilized pathology. I am fascinated with understanding the origins of disease as well as health.
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