2016 Tom Knatt One Mile Walk: Saturday, December 10th!

The 3rd annual Tom Knatt One Mile Walk, also serving as the USATF-NE Indoor One Mile RW Championship, will be held at MIT’s Johnson Athletic Center in Cambridge, MA.

USATF-NE Championship medals will be awarded to the top three male and female finishers at the event.

Open to all ages, the race starts at 11:00 a.m. No fee for USATF-NE members, $5.00 for all others. Bring your entry form to the meet. (Entry form attached.)

Please send an email indicating your intent to compete to office@usatfne.org.


Results: 10000m CT Association Championship

Peters Recreational Complex Track, Clinton, CT
Sunday, October 30, 2016
Weather: Partly sunny, humid, 65-70 degrees

1 Mile Race Walk
1. Elizabeth Schretzenmeyer 11:24:06

10000m Race Walk
1. Ed O’Rourke, 54 New England Walkers                59:32 (1st Open/Masters)
2. Tom Finn, 60 CT Racewalkers                           1:05:29 (1st CT, 2nd overall)
3. Charlie Mansbach, 72 New England Walkers    1:16:15 (3rd Open/1st Master over 70)
– Gus Davis, 78 CT Racewalkers 5000m in 41:22
1. Panse Geer, 70 Shore AC                                  1:15:13 (1st overall)
2. Ginger Armstrong Palmer, 54 CT Racewalkers 1:18:08 (1st CT, 2nd overall)

Judges: Jean Tenan, Maryanne and Ron Daniel
Special thanks to:
Geoff Bye for registration/ lap counting
Lap counters/timers, John Palmer, Gene Geer, Kristen and Peter Schretzenmeyer.
A big thank you to Bob Gemske for bringing the clock, even though our number are few, it helps it feel more official.



USATF-CT 10000m Racewalk Championship, October 30th

The final USATF-NE Race Walk Grand Prix Race of the 2016 will be the USATF-CT 10000m RW Championship on Sunday, October 30th in Clinton, CT, at the Peters Recreational Complex Track.

The 10000m Open/Youth/Masters will start at 10:00am. Prior to the main event at 9:30 a.m. there will be a 1 Mile Fun Walk, open to any level of experience in racewalking.

More information including directions can be found at http://www.usatf-ct.org/index.php/2016/09/15/racewalking-clinic-sept-25th-in-clinton-championships-october-30th/.
(registration form attached)


Sun Oct. 16th: New England Walkers Annual Meeting/Potluck and 5K-10K Walk

The 2016 New England Walkers Annual Meeting and traditional potluck will be held on Sunday, October 16th 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 2017 National races, and the 2017 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 (eorourke@commodorebuilders.com) 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 (eorourke@commodorebuilders.com) if you plan to attend the meeting and potluck.
No need to RSVP, if you plan to walk only.

New England Walkers Host Race Walking Clinic

Last weekend Jeff Salvage (Racewalk.com), race walking coach and book author, conducted a two-day race walk clinic in Waltham, MA. Jeff covered everything from technique to nutrition, flexibility, and training. The clinic was sold out with attendees ranging across the age spectrum — from 10 years old to over 70. Although most were from New England, some participants came from as far away as Florida, New Mexico and New York.

NEW club president Ed O’Rourke hosted the event at his Waltham office, and Ed Vaitones (high school track coach and father of and NEW member Valentina) led stretching and warm up exercises before the participants’ work out.

Thank you Jeff Salvage, Ed O’Rourke, and Ed Vaitones for making the clinic a successful event!2016-salvage-clinic-group

Results: USATF New England Open & Masters Championships

USATF New England Open & Masters Championships
College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, MA
Saturday, July 30, 2016
Weather: Sunny, 80 degrees

Mixed 3000 Meter Race Walk

1. Ed O’Rourke           M54 New England Walkers      16:17.84
2. Robert Keating        M69 New England Walkers      16:56.92
3. Maryanne Daniel     W58 Connecticut RW              17:41.20
4. Carol Bendall           W57 Fleet Feet Sports            18:05.02
5. Brian Savilonis         M66 New England Walkers     19:00.62
6. Charles Mansbach   M71 New England Walkers     21:37.25
7. Thomas Knatt           M75 New England Walkers     22:59.68
8. Gustave Davis          M78 Connecticut RW              24:23.55
— Stephen Peckiconis  M57 Cambridge Sports U            DQ

New England Walkers’ Maegan and Nolan Compete at National Scholastic Championships

Hats off to Maegan and Nolan Allen, of Arlington MA, who competed at the New Balance National Scholastic Championship in Greensboro, North Carolina on June 17th.

In the 1-mile race walk, Maegan earned her third All-American award (complete with stylish medal and snazzy crown) with a 4th place finish behind Lauren Harris of New York. Harris set a national high school record during the event. Nolan finished a solid 11th place in the largest boy’s field in years — placing just 3.4 seconds away from 8th place and an All-American award.

The New England Walkers would also like to acknowledge our friends and from Maine who participated.

Girls 1 Mile Race Walk (Combined result from 2 sections)
1. Lauren Harris         17 Sachem Spiked Shoe Club-       6:52.23
2. Maria Garcia           16 North Rockland Tc-Ny                7:29.42
3. Kelsey Jordan        17 Una-Ny-Westhampton-Jordan   7:33.98
4. Maegan Allen          16 New England Walkers-MA         7:36.07
19. Siana Emery         16 Una-Me-North_yarmou-Emery   8:14.02
22. Hayley Bickford     18 Gorham Tc-Me-Girls                   8:28.57
27. Lilyan Cohen         17 Brewer Tc-Me                             8:43.17
28. Elizabeth Larsen   16 Messalonskee Tc-Me                 8:45.75

Boys 1 Mile Race Walk (Finals)
1. AJ Gruttadauro       16 Shore Ac-Nj                               6:45.17
2. Juan Moscoso        19 Central FL Gliders                    6:51.31
3. Spencer Dunn        16 Una-Me-Auburn                        7:01.84
6. Trevor Judd            16 Spruce Mountain Tc-Me            7:31.69
8. Brian Word-Sims   16 Una-Me-Fryeburg                     7:57.59
10. Nicholas Parrott    16 Wells Tc-Me                             7:58.68
11. Nolan Allen            18 New England Walkers              8:00.03
13. Spencer Linscott  16 Gorham Tc-Me                          8:21.82

New England Walkers' Maegan and Nolan Allen

New England Walkers’ Maegan and Nolan Allen


All-American Maegan Allen captured 4th place at the New Balance National Scholastic Championship in Greensboro, North Carolina

All-American Maegan Allen captured 4th place at the New Balance National Scholastic Championship in Greensboro, North Carolina

Results: 2016 USATF-NE JO Championships, 1500m

2016 USATF-NE Junior Olympic Championships
Saturday, June 18, 2016
Fitchburg State University, Fitchburg MA
Weather: Sunny, mid-70 degrees

1500 Meter Race Walk

  1. Caira, Alessia           Waltham Track      8:01.00 (1st 15-16 Girls)
  2. Thomas, Michael      Waltham Track     9:13.73 (1st 11-12 Boys)
  3. Smith, Morris            Waltham Track   10:53.97 (2nd 11-12 Boys)
  4. Thomas, Brenna       Waltham Track   10:58.20 (1st 9-10 Girls)
  5. Nyhan, Laurel           Town Track         11:04.78 (1st 11-12 Girls)
  6. Hobin, Rachel           Clcf Track P       11:21.34 (2nd 11-12 Girls)
  7. McGuinness, Molly   Town Track         11:22.57 (3rd 11-12 Girls)
  8. Kennedy, Dayna        Metropolis-B      11:50.11 (2nd 9-10 Girls)
2016 USATF-NE Junior Olympic 1500m Race Walk

2016 USATF-NE Junior Olympic 1500m Race Walk

Results: Seacoast USATF-NE Grand Prix Race Walk

Seacoast USATF-NE Grand Prix Race Walk
Portsmouth High School, Portsmouth, NH
Sunday, May 15, 2016
Weather: 54F, overcast, windy from the west

3000 Meter Race Walk
Isabelle Trefts (age 12) 17:46.0

5000 Meter Race Walk – Women
Maegan Allen (17) 28:07.3
Val Vaitones (19) 33:22.8

5000 Meter Race Walk – Men
Ed O’Rourke  (54) 27:28.80
Nolan Allen  (16) 27:59.4
Bob Keating  (69) 28:44.2
Stephan Mayeux (51) 29:55.6
Kioshi Imai (58) 33:08.9

Thank you to today’s Judges: Tom Menendez, Justin Kuo, Rich McElvery, Steve Vaitones.
Thank you to the volunteer lap counters.
Thank you to the sponsor of today’s race: Seacoast Dream Dentistry, Portsmouth, NH.

Award winners of the 2016 Seacoast Racewalk: Val Vaitones, Isabelle Trefts, Maegan Allen, Nolan Allen, Ed O'Rourke, and Bob Keating.

Award winners of the 2016 Seacoast Racewalk: Val Vaitones, Isabelle Trefts, Maegan Allen, Nolan Allen, Ed O’Rourke, and Bob Keating.

Seacoast 3000m/5000m, May 15th, Portsmouth NH

The first outdoor New England RW Grand Prix event of 2016 will be the Seacoast 3000m/5000m in Portsmouth NH on Sunday May 15th, at the Portsmouth High School track. Registration will open at 9 a.m., and both races will start at 10 a.m.

The Seacoast USATF-NE GP Race Walk is hosted by the New England Walkers. We welcome anyone interested in the sport of race walking—please come! If can’t compete consider helping out, lap counters are always needed.

(Entry form attached)