Both casual walkers and competitive racewalkers are welcome at all NOTC events. Competetive racewalkers must be familiar with and follow the regulations and requirements below.
To receive information on area racewalking events or for questions, comments, or general information contact the NOTC Racewalking Coordinator at racewalking@runNOTC.org.
USA Track and Field Rule 232.2 states the definition of racewalking as a progression of steps so taken that the walker makes contact with the ground so that no visible (to the human eye) loss of contact with the ground occurs. One foot must be in contact with the ground at all times. 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. Running or run/walking is not acceptable and will result in disqualification.
USATF governs clothing worn during competition. Per USATF Rule 143, participants must not wear clothing that could impede the view of the judges. Shorts cannot cover the knees, long pants must be of materials that cling to the legs such as lycra, spandex, etc. and must be form fitting such as leggings. Long pants or leggings must be calf length or ankle length or worn well above the knee. Long pants must be solid in color, no stripes, flowers or any designs as judges must be able to see the competitors' knees. No jogging pants (sweats) allowed!
Racewalkers shall not use any video, recordings, phones, headphones, computers, or any similar devices during competition. GPS timing/tracking watches are acceptable.
Disqualification may occur for loss of contact (i.e., running or "lifting") or bent knees. Judges will give the signal to racewalkers on the course by holding up the judge's "paddle" with the symbol indicating either bent knee (>) or loss of contact (^^^). Infractions will be recorded by participant's race number. Disqualification from a race occurs when a competitor receives three infractions from three different judges. However, if a racewalker participant is blatantly running, a single judge may determine that the participant should be disqualified.
All racewalker judges must be currently certified by USATF per Rule 230.1(e).
USATF regulations for racewalking can be found in Section VI of the USATF regulations.
NOTC races are governed by Road Runners Club of America (RRCA) and USA Track & Field (USATF) regulations. Individuals cannot be scored in alternative divisions (runner and racewalker) at the same event. (USATF Rule 246.2 and IAAF Rules Section VII, Rule 230 apply.) Racewalker registrants will be considered only for racewalker division awards at NOTC events. Racewalkers who are current members of NOTC are also eligible for Racewalker Division awards in the Grand Prix Series.
NOTC conducts two racewalking clinics each year. The date and place of these clinics will be announced on the NOTC website. If you would like information on scheduling a racewalking clinic for your organization, contact the Racewalking Coordinator at racewalking@runNOTC.org.
You may find these websites helpful in starting a walking program and learning the basics of racewalking: