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Our racewalking community lost two of our older walkers this summer.
Oscar Werner, our snowbird, who spent most of the year in Arizona recently, passed away from illness. His last results are from 2008 at age 76 so he was 81.
Ron Lynch was a local Washington racewalker who had leg injuries that caused him to have to stop racing however he stayed active in racewalking by turning to judging our events. He also passed away from illness. His last results on our site are from 2006 when he was 61 although he appears on our judges listing many times since then.
RIP guys, we'll miss you.
Our "Ask me about racewalking" hats are in and great to wear during our winter season. These are for our active walkers and were paid for out of leftover Pacific Pacer funds to help promote racewalking. I'll have these at our SSR races or if you want one at another time, contact me and I'll mail one out or hook up to deliver one. Let's double our number of active racewalkers in 2013!
Here is the starting line at the Regional Hour walk in Banks, Oregon, on Oct 21st, 2012. 45 degrees at the start so we are bundled up.
Club Northwest Racewalking
We are now integrated into Club Northwest and race under their banner. They are club number 36-0116 for your USATF registrations.
Here is the CNW membership link. Club Northwest Cost is $50 annually and you get a nice navy blue performance fabric CNW shirt the first time you join. There are also event discounts, Northwest Runner subscriptions, and other benefits of membership. The distinctive orange singlet we see at races must be purchased separately but is good quality and will last a long time. See me in the front row above in the new singlet. Steve in the back has an old model and lighter, faded color.
I'll continue to publish the Website, and hold the monthly informal races and clinic at Green Lake. I'll also continue to sit on the PNTF board as the racewalk chair and also attend CNW racewalk team meetings as needed to help organize our events and races.
If you have news you want to share or need more information, email me at email@example.com. See your articles on the web. To contact me by phone, my number is 206-327-9105.
The question of racewalking shoes always comes up at our races. There are no current racewalk specialty shoes on the market so we use running racing flats (older terminology) and lightweight performance shoes (newer terminology). Spikeless (rubber nubs) cross-country running shoes also work well for racewalking. I would also check ebay under "lightweight performance shoes" or "racing flats" for better prices. I've found a variety of appropriate shoes there. Remember, since you are not getting off the ground in racewalking, you do not need as much cushioning as running shoes. You want a better "feel for the road" to get the rolling motion of racewalking. I've also had good luck online at Eastbay, and Running Warehouse. Sizing is an issue though as width and height of the toebox area varies quite a bit, even within the same brand, so may take a few tries to find the rightsize/ fit. Running stores carry limited numbers of these models but if you find one you like, at a reasonable price, I'd recommend buying a couple of pairs as models change often.
Things to look for are: low profile sole (thin), low heel, (we don't need much cushioning to walk), flexible toe area (most racing flats will have this) and full, flat sole, without much cutout or concave area. See my notes on my glue gun solution to the concave area if needed. Most local running stores will have several models under racing flats, or lightweight performance headings. You want to pick them up and feel the light weight, plus bend the toe upward to be sure that it is flexible. Some thinner soles are still fairly stiff. Heel should have some stiffness, this is called the heel counter, to provide support there. A few models make this flexible to save weight but I've found this is not good for racewalking where you walk more on the outside of the foot than with running.
Locally I've had good luck at DSW shoes where they have a bigger stock of running shoes lately and I have always been able to find a pair that meet the above requirements at a decent price. One was a New Balance, and other a Keen brand with curvy lacing but are very lightweight and flexible and feel good, and, both were about $60. They also have a good sale rack where I've found some good bargains. Worth a check now and then.
I've found that some racing flats and some cross country running shoes have too much of a cutout under the arch to save weight but I can fix that with a little glue from a hot glue gun or Shoe Goo to build up the low spots to get a smoother rolling motion throughout the stride. Can run two beads along the inside and outside edge of the sole, in the middle cut-out portion, and provide the good smooth area needed.
If you have other recommendations, pass them along to put on our site.
Here are some links to other racewalking and track and field sites:
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