Race walking is an athletic event in which the object is to walk fast. The sport has been around for about 400 years, has been in the Olympics since 1908, and is the precursor of modern long-distance running.
USA Track&Field defines race walking as 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.The advancing leg must be straightened (i.e., not bent at the knee) from the moment of first contact with the ground until the leg is in the vertical upright position.
So to be legal, the race walker must:
Absolutely! For new members or visitors interested in race walking, a brief instruction is given in race walking technique at 9AM every Saturday while the other walkers are warming up. Instructors will then work with you during the walk.
If it is your first time, wear something comfortable and a pair of gym shoes. If you continue with the club, you will want the layer touching your skin, including socks, to be a fabric that does not retain moisture (moisture-wicking or Dri Fit or climate management depending on the brand). During summer, it is best to wear shorts so your race walk form can be observed for accuracy. For shoes, please check out Anatomy of a Shoe and Shoes for Race Walking.
No, you can just show up and ask for the walk leader to get instructions, but you do need to sign the disclaimer before joining us. We start promptly at 9AM. If you are late, you may not be able to find us.