The Alabama Race Walk Championships are set for Saturday at Guntersville High School, and there are 2 more chances for anyone interested to attend a clinic to learn the rules.
The race is sanctioned by USA Track and Field, the governing agency for track and field, cross country, road running and race walking.
Race Walk chairman Jeanene Kaiser said there are 2 rules governing the sport.
“The athlete’s back toe cannot leave the ground until the heel of the front foot has touched.’’
A violation is known as ‘loss of contact.’
She said the 2nd rule “requires that the supporting leg must straighten from the point of contact with the ground and remain straightened until the body passes directly over it.’’
Judges watch the walker to enforce the rules.
There will be a clinic today (Wednesday) at 5:00 at the high school, and another a half hour before the start of the Race Walk at 9:00 Saturday.
There will be races in the 1,500 meter, 3,000 and 5,000. The races are for all ages, male and female.
Medals will be awarded to the top 3 finishers in each age category.
Volunteers are needed to hand out water, count laps and keep time. For more information, contact Mrs. Kaiser at 256-486-3809.