Racewalking is a faster form of
bipedal-locomotion (a.k.a. walking) in general. Competitive racewalkers
follow a similar type of training regimen as competitive runners.
Racewalkers also focus on technique, speed, the aerobic benefits of
training and racing strategy. The final distinction of racewalking is
that racewalkers are judged by certified officials and are expected to
follow the two rules of racewalking as defined below.
Racewalking is defined as a progression of steps so taken that no
visible (to the human eye) loss of contact occurs. In simpler terms,
this means that a racewalker must have a portion of one foot on the
ground at all times.
The advancing leg of the racewalker must be straight (not bent at the
knee) from the moment of first contact with the ground until in the
vertical position. This means that when your forward foot strikes the
ground, the leg should be straight.
This website is provided by former USA National Team Member and Olympic
Trials Competitor, Danielle Kirk.