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April 26th, 2008, start of 3K/5K racewalk at West Seattle stadium. A nice day and fast times. Also had a well attended 10K.

 

 

 

 

 

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Racewalking is for everyone. Go to the links below and see how racewalking can help with your fitness and competition goals.

1. Fitness walkers and walking for weight loss
2. Cross-training for runners
3. Racewalking for competition
4. Youth athletes

We had an informal 3K on our new Magnuson Park course April 19th, and it worked well. Start is near the bathroom off the beach area. Course is a 750 stretch as the road is not long enough to allow a full 1000 meters so we go 500 north, then 250 south. A loop back and forth is thus be 1500 meters and makes for good opportunities for 3K and 5K races. The course is marked with white paint, and the start line is the blue line just north of the bathroom, with the turnarounds marked by white circles where the cones are placed. Try it out next time you are in the area.

Take the 65th Street entrance to Magnuson Park, go downhill to the near the end, then make the left before the boat launch area. The beach will be on the right so park along that road, or in the lot at the end of it.

I have scheduled a late summer race, on September 20th, a 5K, and am hoping to make it the Regional Championship road 5K. Even if we can't get it to be a championship, we'll hold the race as an informal event.


Our "Ask me about racewalking" hats are still available 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.

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race start

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 team meetings as needed to help organize our events and races.

See our schedule page for current and ongoing events and the results page for past events. If you have news you want to share or need more information, email me at mystanski@comcast.net. 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:

USA Track and Field (USATF)
Pacific Northwest Track and Field Assoc. (PNTF)
Club Northwest, Seattle


Local

  1. Oregon racewalkers at Racewalkers Northwest site includes events and schedules. www.rwnw.org
  2. Vancouver B.C racewalk info. Racewalk West

Informational

  1. www.racewalk.com offers over 2,000 pages of information on racewalking and events. The best resource on the internet.
  2. www.racewalking.org is Dave McGovern’s information packed site with news, calendars, and events.
  3. www.eracewalk.com is the North American Racewalking Foundation and Southern California racewalk info site.
  4. www.racewalkclinic.com provides resources and racewalk clinic schedules.
  5. www.the-sports-arena.com/Walking/Racewalking.html provides racewalk schedules and result links.
  6. S. Texas Walking Club video This is a video of kids learning to racewalk and stretches and drills. Very quick on some items so will want to pause the video at times but it's fun for kids for sure and entertaining.
  7. Seattle Times Racewalking Article A nice writeup in the Seattle Times Pacific Magazine fitness section about racewalking.
  8. Bill Nye the science guy in a cute Seattle filmed video of "speed walker." Speed Walker video

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