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
(registration form attached)


2016 USATF New England Race Walk Grand Prix Standings Updated

The 2016 USATF New England Race Walk Grand Prix standings have been updated to include the Pepperell Trail Trail 8K.

The next 2016 USATF New England Race Walk Grand Prix event will be the USATF-CT 10000m Racewalking

Championships in Clinton, CT on Sunday, October 30th. More information for the championships can be found at

1. Bob Keating                  344.50 (4 races)
2. Ed O’Rourke                 318.98 (4 races)
3. Spencer Dunn              313.02 (4 races)
4. Brian Savilonis              295.98 (4 races)
5. Stephen Peckiconis     290.10 (4 races)
6. Nolan Allen                   285.91 (4 races)
7. Charlie Mansbach        279.55 (4 races)
8. Larry Epstein               137.52 (2 races)
9. Matthew Forgues          80.39 (1 race)
10. Trevor Judd                 76.33 (1 race)
11. Clyde Wilder                73.97 (1 race)
12. Nicholas Parrot           72.03 (1 race)
13. Tom Knatt                   68.26 (1 race)
14. Spencer Linscott        67.83 (1 race)
15. Gustave Davis            67.14 (1 race)

1. Kayla Allen                316.11 (4 races)
2. Maegan Allen             311.10 (4 races)
3. Siana Emery             290.97 (4 races)
5. Moira Burgess          200.30 (3 races)
6. Val Vaitones              180.60 (3 races)
7. Maryanne Daniel      157.11 (2 race)
8. Sydney Sirois           146.96 (2 races)
9. Holly Lindoe              141.81 (2 races)
10. Hayley Bickford        140.32 (2 races)
11. Alessia Caira            134.77 (2 races)
12. Holly Wenninger       132.71 (2 races)
13. Elizabeth Larsen        69.58 (1 race)
14. Lilyan Cohen              68.85 (1 race)

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 ( 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.

Results: Pepperell Rail Trail 4K/8K

Pepperell, MA
Sunday, September 25, 2016
Weather: clear, cool 55 degrees

8k men
1. Nolan Allen             45:15
2. Ed O’Rourke          47:34
3. Brian Savilonis        52:50
4. Charlie Mansbach   59:05
5. Clyde Wilder           62:37

8k women
1. Maegan Allen         47:16
2. Val Vaitones            52:26
3. Holly Wenninger     55:35
4. Ann Neuberg          66:00

4k women
1. Melissa Monaghan  33:35

Judges: Bill and Joanne Harriman, Ed Vaitones, Rich McElvery
Special thanks to Bill and Joanne Harriman for hosting the race and post-race pot luck lunch.


New England Walkers Host Race Walking Clinic

Last weekend Jeff Salvage (, 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

Results: 2016 Bay State Games, 3000m

2016 Bay State Games, 3000m
Tufts University, Medford, MA
Saturday, July 9, 2016
Weather: Overcast, 63-degrees, occasional drizzle

Mixed 3000 Meter Race Walk
1. Allen, Nolan                   M16 Arlington, MA         15:20.86
2. Allen, Maegan                W18 Arlington, MA         15:24.37
3. Peckiconis, Stephen      M57 Roslindale, MA        17:45.22
4. Epstein, Larry                M57 Stoneham, MA        18:36.86
5. Savilonis, Brian              M66 Princeton, MA         18:41.63
6. Vaitones, Valentina         W19 Derry, NH               19:26.47
7. Mansbach, Charles        M71 Waban, MA             21:03.96

Start of the 2016 Bay State Games 3000m race walk.

Start of the 2016 Bay State Games 3000m race walk.

President Ed O'Rourke congratulates Bay State champions Nolan and Maegan Allen.

President Ed O’Rourke congratulates Bay State champions Nolan and Maegan Allen.

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.