Recreational Walk - 1 Mile and 5K were held on September 20, 2014 at Michael N. Castle Trail, St. Georges, DE
Edward Gawinski — Power Walk and Race Walk Coordinator (Power Walk was previously called Recreational Walk)
Ed Gawinski has race walked competitively from 1990 thru 2007. His best year was 2002. He set records for 75—79 year age group in the 40K, 30K, 20K, 3K (indoors) and 50K (31 miles) races. Setting the 50K record, earned Ed the USA Track & Field Athlete of the Week.
He competed in the National Senior Games in Baton Rouge in 1991 where he won Gold in the 1500 meter and 5K. In the San Antonio games in 1993, he won Gold in the 5K. In the Tucson games in 1995, he won Gold in the 1500 meter. He has also walked the Marine Corps, Boston and Wilmington Marathons.
Ed says, "To be a competitive Race walker, as in any sport, you need a training program and stick with it. Yes, it takes time!"
Power Walk is a state game only. It is currently not a qualifying sport for the National Senior Games. There are 2 distances: 1,500 and 5,000 meters. The main difference between Power Walk and Race Walk is that, in Power Walk, the participants are allowed to have a bent knee.
Power Walking is a progression of steps, taken so that the walker makes contact with the ground so that no visible loss of foot-to-ground contact occurs. One foot must be in contact with the ground at all times.
Disqualification will result when athletes are judged to be running (both feet off the ground at the same time) in three separate instances by three separate officials during the course of the race/competition.
Race Walk is a progression of steps so taken that the walker makes contact with the ground, so that no visible loss of contact occurs. The advancing leg shall be straightened (i.e. not bent at the knee) from the moment of first contact with the ground until the vertical upright position. Simply stated, without any visual aide assistance, the judges watch the walkers for both feet off the ground or the failure to straighten the support leg at the knee from the moment of contact with the ground until it passes under the torso.
The USA Track & Field National Race Walking Committee is responsible for the development of the official handbook. The handbook may be found online at: http://www.usatf.org/groups/officials/files/resources/race-walking/2008-race-walking-officiating-handbook.pdf.
Contact: Phone: 302-652-0132