Race Walk Rules

Definition of Race Walking:

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 conact occurs.

The advancing leg must be straightened (i.e. not bent at the knee) from the moment of first contact with the ground until the leg is in the vertical upright position.

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Protocol for Athletes who Establish American Records

As of January 1, 2010 – athletes who set an American Record in the events listed below must submit to doping control immediately following the event where the record was established in order for the record to be ratified by USA Track & Field (USATF). USA Track & Field will accept results that are conducted by USADA (or Drug Free Sport in cases of NCAA athletes) within 24 hours of the conclusion of the event.

If the event has doping control – the athlete must be tested immediately, but if the record occurs at an event (on American soil) where testing is not in place, then event organizers and/or athletes (or their representatives) must contact USADA to request testing. If an American Record is achieved at your event and doping control is not already in place, please contact USADA’s Gabriel Baida at 719-785-2046 or gbaida@usada.org during regular business hours or, if after 5 p.m. Mountain Standard Time, call 888.233.0309 and press 5 to contact the responsible USADA staff member. You may also leave a message with your contact information on the voicemail of the main USADA switchboard, 719-785-2000, for immediate response from a USADA staff member.

If this occurs internationally – athletes (or their representatives) must notify the event directors to coordinate a request to be tested by a WADA-accredited testing agency. In the case of a relay event – all competing relay team members must be tested. USA Track & Field will cover the costs of doping control tests for events that are recognized by the IAAF as World Record events, and the invoice as well as results should be submitted to the USA Track & Field National Office.

Events Subject to Testing – Open events only, this does not include Junior American Records, Youth American Records or Master American Records.

3000 meter Race Walk, 5000 meter Race Walk

10,000 meter Race Walk, 20,000 meter Race Walk, 30,000 meter Race Walk, 50,000 meter Race Walk

20 kilometer Race Walk, 50 kilometer Race Walk

(Reprinted from the USATF web site.)