Race Walking

Definition

In local competition, CFW follows the rules that USATF established as an official definition of race walking to formally differentiate it from running. This definition evolved across several decades as officials attempted to better define race walking.

USATF Race Walking Definition

  • 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 (Fig. A and Fig. B).

    Fig. A

    Fig. B
  • The advancing leg must be straightened (that is, not bent at the knee) from the moment of first contact with the ground until in the vertical upright position (Fig. C and Fig. D).

    Fig. C

    Fig. D

If we were stick men and women, it would look something like this.

For further information on race walking rules and what they mean, see Racewalk.com's The Rules of Race Walking

Eligibility

Introduction

Central Florida Walkers' races are open to all walkers age eight and over. To be eligible for an award as a walker you must meet the age requirements set for the race distance. Awards are given for the top three overall male and female walkers.

CFW Age Groups
Youth* 39 and Under 40 to 49
  50 to 59 60 and Over

* Ages 8 to 13 — CFW Youth are only scored and eligible in distances of 5K (includes Season's 52 5.2K) and 2 miles. This is in keeping in line with the Track Shack Age Guidelines.

Walking Award Participation

Notes:

  • You must be registered with Track Shack as a race participant (i.e., you have a bib and number).
  • You must meet CFW's Age Eligibility for the selected race.

Fitness Walking

If your one-mile time is 13 or minutes or more, you are eligible to participate in the competition for walking awards as a Fitness Walker.

  1. Have your number "slashed" in blue at the Central Florida Walkers' table.
  2. You will be judged according to one of the race walking rules.
    No Lifting (One foot must be in contact with the ground at all times — that means no jogging.)

Race Walking

If your one-mile time is less than 13 minutes you are eligible to participate in the competition for walking awards as a Race walker.

  1. Have your number "slashed" in red at the Central Florida Walkers' table.
  2. You will be judged to both of the race walking rules.
    • No Lifting (One foot must be in contact with the ground at all times — that means no jogging.)
    • The supporting leg must straighten at the knee momentarily as it passes under the body.