What is race walking?
After joining a Smyrna fitness club, you’ll have an opportunity to racewalk.”Race walking is 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 (ie not bent at the knee) from the moment of first contact with the ground until in the vertical position”
Translated, this means that contact must be maintained at all times (the difference between walking and running).
The supporting leg must be straight at the knee from the moment of foot contact with the ground, until it passes under the body (ie the leg must be straight). When walking or strolling, the leg normally bends at the knee.
As with many sports, race walking is a judged event. Judges are positioned around the course and if 3 different judges think that a walker has violated the technical rules, then the walker is disqualified from the race.
Category A events are judged in the normal way. Category B events are judged on contact only, bent knees being disregarded – good news for us old ‘uns!
National, Area and County Championships. For all other events, the Category is at the discretion of the promoting body.