Thank you Jeff Salvage!

A warm thank you to Jeff Salvage for offering a successful Race Walking Clinic, September 27-28. Combining active sessions and classroom lectures, Jeff covered everything from technique to nutrition, flexibility, to training, and and mixed in a bit of race strategy. Thanks to Ed O’Rourke for organizing the event.

Sun Oct. 19th: New England Walkers Annual Meeting/Potluck and 5K-10K Walk

The 2014 New England Walkers Annual Meeting and traditional potluck will be held on Sunday, October 19th in Groton MA.  Prior to the meeting, there will be a 5K/10K walk on the Rail Trail, starting at 9:30 a.m. from the end of Station Ave. in Groton Center. The event is open to race walkers of all abilities, and is often informally grouped to different paces.

The Annual Meeting will follow at 11 a.m., at the home of Ed and Deborah O’Rourke (978-448-8038), 43 Main St., in Groton Center, across the street from Lawrence Academy. The meeting will include the election of officers and discuss the following:
-Promoting of RW’ing to younger local athletes; getting more local walkers involved
-Booths and Clinics
-Bids for 2015 National races, and the 2015 New England Schedule
-Develop a Task List for future big events
-Helping to recruit more certified officials

Members may suggest other agenda items by emailing Ed O’Rourke ( prior to the meeting. All are welcome to attend, but only paid members may nominate and vote.

The traditional potluck will follow, around noontime.  Please RSVP to Ed ( if you plan to attend the meeting and potluck.
No need to RSVP, if you plan to walk only.

NEWalkers to Host a Weekend Race Walk Clinic with Jeff Salvage, September 27-28

On the weekend of September 27-28, the New England Walkers will host a Race Walk Clinic with Jeff Salvage, in Boston (Woburn) MA. Jeff is the founder of and author of “Walk Like an Athlete” and “Race Walk Like a Champion,” as well as other videos and DVDs. The clinic is oriented towards beginner and experienced race walkers of all ages, including youth. Offering individualized attention, there will be lectures on technique, training, nutrition, injuries, and strength work.

The cost for adults is $180. A few $130 discount slots (total charge of $50) for youth or college athletes are currently available. For more information and sign-up go to

2014 USA Track & Field New England Race Walk Grand Prix

Here are the current Race Walk Grand Prix standings for 2014.

Results: National One Hour Race Walk Championship

2014 USATF National One Hour Race Walk

New Balance Track at Newell Stadium
Gloucester, MA
Sunday, August 10, 2014
Weather: Clear, sunny, temperature in low 80’s with a light breeze.

New England Walkers (NEW) and USA Track & Field New England Association thank you for competing in the 2014 USATF National One Hour Race Walk. We were proud to offer this opportunity to compete in a race sanctioned by USA Track and Field and look forward to seeing you at our events in the future.

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The start of the Men’s 1 Hour Walk.

Complete Results

Distance covered in meters
           USA National One Hour Race Walk Championship - 8/10/2014
                   Newell Stadium, Gloucester MA

Men 1 Hour Walk (8:30 a.m.)
    Name                     Age Team                    Finals
  1 Michael Giuseppe Mannozzi 28 Shore Athletic Club    12525m  1 US
* 2 Emerson Hernandez         25 unattached             12335m  * El Salvador
  3 Dave Talcott              54 Shore Athletic Club    11718m  2 US 1 M50
  4 Edward O'Rourke III       52 New England Walkers    10554m  3 US 2 M50
  5 Dan O'Brien               49 Pegasus A.C.           10486m  4 US 1 M45
  6 Bill Vayo                 50 Shore Athletic Club    10045m  5 US 3 M50
  7 Robert Keating            67 New England Walkers     9963m  6 US 1 M65
  8 Leon Jasionowski          69 Pegasus A.C.            9727m       2 M65
  9 Larry Epstein             55 New England Walkers     9659m       1 M55
 10 Bill Reed                 61 Pegasus A.C.            9447m       1 M50
*11 Stephan Mayeux            50 unattached              9309m  * France
 12 Jay Diener                66 New England Walkers     8972m       3 M65
 13 James Carmines Jr         71 So Cal Track Club       8718m       1 M70
 14 Charles Mansbach          69 New England Walkers     8450m       4 M65
 15 John Starr                86 Philadelphia            8009m       1 M85
 16 Gustave Davis             76 Connecticut             7329m       1 M75
 17 Richard Ruquist           76 New England Walkers     6896m       2 M75
 -- Thomas Knatt              74 New England Walkers        DQ
 -- Brian Savilonis           64 New England Walkers        DQ

1 - Shore AC  (Mannozzi, Talcott, Vayo) - 34,288 meters
2 - NE Walkers (O'Rourke, Keating, Epstein) - 30,176 meters
3 - Pegasus AC (O'Brien, Jasionowski, Reed) - 29,660 meters

Women 1 Hour Walk  (9:45 a.m.)
 One Hour Walk
    Name                     Age Team                    Finals
  1 Maria Michta              28 Walk Usa               12210m
  2 Erin Taylor-Talcott       36 Shore Athletic Club    11728m
  3 Katie Burnett             25 unattached             11389m
  4 Meaghan Podlaski          17 unattached             10486m  1 Junior
  5 Kayla Allen               15 Auburn Parks            9664m  2 Junior
  6 Debbie Topham             61 Pegasus A.C.            9513m  1 60-64
  7 Pamela Allie-Morrill      51 unattached              9133m  1 50-54
  8 Valentina Vaitones        17 Golden Spike            8596m  3 Junior
  9 Kay Carmines              68 So Cal Track Club       7832m  1 65-69

Concurrent open 3000m
  1 Alana Zeidler             13 Sheffield,England      17:41.0

Officials and Judges included Maryanne Daniel, Ron Daniel, Tom Knatt, Rich McElvery, Tom Menendez, Steve Vaitones and Bill Harriman (recorder)

Lap Sheets

Click here to view the one-hour lap sheets. 

Judging Summary Sheets

Click here to view the judging summary sheet. 


Printer Tapes


USATF New England by telephone 617-566-7600 days, or e-mail at


Free RW Clinic, August 10th at the National 1-Hour Championships!

A free clinic will be held on Sunday, August 10, at the New Balance Track, (Gloucester High School, Gloucester, MA) in conjunction with the USA National 1-Hour Race Walk Championships.

The clinic will be for beginners and novices of any age, focusing on “how to feel the form” at a easy speed, with some tips to keep it right as one goes faster.  Some beginner training ideas will be shared.  It will start at 10:45 a.m., following the Men’s and Women’s races, and it will last a maximum of 30 minutes.

This is a great opportunity to watch the some of the best race walkers from all over the US, while learning more about race walking technique!

Results: Bay State Games

Regis College – Weston, MA, July 19, 2014
Weather: Clear, sunny, temperature in the mid-60’s.
***USATF-NE Race Walk Grand Prix event***

Mixed 18-39 3000 Meter Race Walk Open

1 O’Rourke, Ed M52               Groton, MA           15:49.10
2 Peckiconis, Stephen M55      Roslindale, MA      16:56.66
3 Wenninger, Holly W49         Malden, MA          19:55.66
4 Mansbach, Charles M69       Waban, MA           20:24.48
5 Wilder, Clyde M77               Needham, MA       22:11.60
6 Yingling, Pat W70                Roslindale, MA      24:29.78

USA 1 Hour RW Championships to include Youth/Novice Race and free RW Clinic

On Sunday August 10th USATF-NE and the New England Walkers will be hosting the USA National 1 Hour Championships at the New Balance Track, Newell Stadium in Gloucester MA. Following the open events there will be a Youth/Novice 1 Mile race (no fee), and a free RW clinic open to all ages.

Prize money will be awarded in the top three places in the Men’s and Women’s Open races–medals will be awarded for the first six finishers in the Open and Junior divisions, and the top three finishers Master’s for each 5-year age group.

Gloucester is close to beaches, historic Salem, and great seafood…

Applications can be found at:—Calendar/2014/USA-1-Hour-Race-Walk-Championships.aspx

Desi Smith/ Gloucester Daily Times.     August 27,2013

Results: USATF New England Open/Masters Track & Field Championships

Regis College, Weston, MA, June 29, 2014
Weather: Clear, sunny, temperature in the mid-80’s.
***USATF-NE Race Walk Grand Prix event***

3000 Meter Race Walk Women
1   Valentina Vaitones  17 Golden Spike                         19:16.16

3000 Meter Race Walk Men
1   Stephen Peckiconis    55 Cambridge Sports Union     17:07.23
2   Larry Epstein            55 New England Walkers         17:55.07
3   Brian Savilonis          64 New England Walkers         18:27.75
4   Charles Mansbach     69 New England Walkers         20:42.99
5   Clyde Wilder             77 Unattached                       22:53.50

Judges: Ed Vaitones, Steve Vaitones, Rich McElvery

Youth RW Mini-Clinic held June 15th

On Sunday on June 15th, before the Youth Track & Field Development Meet in Amherst NH, Ed and Valia Vaitones held a Race Walking Mini-Clinic for 15 athletes.   In the 30 minutes, Ed led the group through a progression of exercises leading to the correct race walk technique.  One of the participants, Ella Karhl (Wellesley Youth T&F) later went on to race the 800m RW in 5:13.9.  Valia walked the 1500m in 8:07.4.

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