Danielle Kirk, Olympic Trials
Danielle Kirk, 2000 Olympic Trials

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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.


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