This is measured, sanctioned race. Because of this there are very specific rules that apply to walking teams. If you are found in violation of these rules, time penalties will be added to your finish time. Race Judges will be present to record violations.
First violation: 45 seconds. Second violation: 1 minute. Third violation: 2 minutes. These penalties will be incurred if walkers shuffle, jog or run.
To get an idea of what racewalking feels like, simply stand in place with your feet together and your arms held by your sides with the elbows bent 90 degrees. Now pump your knees forward and back while keeping your feet flat on the ground with your weight on your heels. Each time you pull your knee back your leg will straighten under your body just as it will when you're racewalking. Now all you need to do is add some stride length by stepping forward a bit with either foot each time you pump your knees. Just be sure to land on your heels, otherwise your knees will probably bend when your foot hits the ground. Concentrate on taking short quick steps rather than long slow strides. If you do that, you'll have an easier time keeping your knees straight, and you'll expend much less energy.
This is optional! To help race walkers improve their race walking skills we are offering a racewalking clinic on race day, Thursday, May 17, 2018 at 5:00 PM at the State House front lawn. Look for a sign near the tents.