from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The sport of walking for speed, the rules of which require the racer to maintain continual foot contact with the ground and to keep the supporting leg straight at the knee when that leg is directly below the body.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A sport in which people try to walk as fast as possible, subject to the constraint that at least one foot must be on the ground at all time (or else they would be running). Also called speedwalking.
  • v. Present participle of racewalk.


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  • Most days he can be found more or less racewalking through the halls of his research institute as he moves between his research lab, teaching classroom, and the hospital, often shadowed by a handful of students and an assistant towing a cart full of files.

    The Autoimmune Epidemic

  • I had a lot of joint problems in high school and college, and while I could still manage endurance sports like racewalking and hiking (at least until the bout with mono), my knees and hips wouldn't take the impact of running.

    i slipped out of my room into the rain, and i went running for my health

  • What most normal people don't understand is that walking, following the racewalking two rules your back toe cannot leave the ground before you front heel has hit the ground and the supporting leg must straighten from the point of contact with the ground and remain straightened until the body passes over it allows you to feel like one with the pavement.

    The Indignity of Commuting by Bicycle: Shoals of Idiocy

  • Truly, is there anything more ridiculous than racewalking?

    The Indignity of Commuting by Bicycle: Shoals of Idiocy

  • With a little practice and creative visualization, you may even give the impression to others that you are expert enough to be counted in the ranks of professional walkers—after all, racewalking is an Olympic sport.

    The Source

  • Pollution in Beijing could affect racewalking, marathon swimming, road cycling and mountain biking, in addition to the marathon and triathlon, the IOC's medical commission said.

    Olympic Worry in the Air

  • Since I am not an expert on the topic of racewalking, I turned to my friend and long-time racewalker Keith McConnell, PhD, to describe to me the ins and outs of this great sport.


  • With racewalking, the legs are held straight throughout the ground-contact phase.


  • The main difference between ChiWalking and racewalking is noticeable.


  • In a sanctioned racewalking event, you must follow a couple of basic rules: 1 You can never lose contact with the ground.



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