What is Race Walking, Anyway?
Race walking is a stylized form of running, much like the backstroke is a stylized form of swimming. To the casual observer, race walking is clearly different from running, fitness walking, ordinary walking and skipping.
Race Walk 101 Clinics are now on the events calendar for May to August of 2020. The format is changed to two sessions each month, Wednesday evening at Como Lake and Saturday Morning along the Mississippi in downtown St Paul. You can attend either session but for best results please come to both sessions and practice some between the sessions.
What You’ll Learn
- what makes race walking different from running
- legal race walk technique – to follow the rules
- efficient race walk style – with ⅓ the impact stress of running
- basic components of a race walk training program
- how to set reasonable goals for your race walking
- how to adapt a training program to help you meet your goals
- how to select shoes for race walking
- how fast/far race walkers go
While we can introduce you to race walking in only one hour, to really learn it, you have to go race walk. As you experiment with race walking technique and race walking style, you’ll come up with more questions. That is what the club is good for, because you can ask your questions of the knowledgeable race walkers and coaches that come to every club function. There is always more to learn about race walking, about how your body works, and about the control that your mind has. This clinic can be repeated, experienced race walkers have found value in more coaching sessions.
Who Should Come?
If you are looking for a break from running, you might be a race walker.
If you fitness walk already and are looking for a challenge, you might be a race walker.
If you want to lose weight, and have some time to spend every day, you might be a race walker.
If you like to do things that are a little bit different, you might be a race walker.
If you want to challenge your brains control of your body, you might be a race walker.
If you want to meet some really nice people, you might be a race walker.
No previous race walking experience is necessary.
What to bring
Shorts, a t-shirt, and your walking shoes. Please don’t buy new walking shoes – just bring some shoes you feel comfortable walking in. The first day, we’ll talk about what shoes are best for race walking, and you can decide then if you need new ones. There are restrooms for changing clothes and drinking fountains for water.
$5 for 1 hour of race walking instruction – checks payable to Twin Cities Race Walkers.
So we have an idea of how many people are going to come, please pre-register via e-mail. If you didn’t get around to pre-registering, come anyway!
Contact Bruce Leasure at 651-330-9355.