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USATF Pacific Race Walking

Start of the PA-USATF 1-mile RW Championships, 2015-01-14, UC BerkeleyPictured above: start of the 1st of the USATF Pacific 2015 Grand Prix Race Walk Series, the Mile Championship.

The Pacific Association has an active Race Walk Committee representing Race Walk Clubs, and an annual series of events that make up the Pacific Association’s Race Walk Grand Prix.

PLEASE CLICK ON the “Schedule/Results/GP Standings” link to the right or HERE for the latest information on the schedule of events (including REGISTRATION FORMS), results of recent races, and standings in the Grand Prix series.

The first race of the 2018 Race Walking Grand Prix season will be:

Saturday, 20 January 2018 – One-mile Grand Prix,

University of California, Berkeley track. There will be separate women’s and men’s races at the beginning of the track events associated with Cal’s All Comers Track & Field meet that day. The race will be hosted by the Pacific Racewalking Organization. PLEASE SEE THE CAL WEBSITE or this file FOR REGISTRATION INFORMATION. The first race walks starts at 10:30 a.m.; please arrive at least 30 minutes beforehand.

The following race of the 2018 Race Walking Grand Prix season will be:

Saturday, 24 March 2018 – 3,000-meter Grand Prix,

Mount Diablo High School track, Concord, California. There will be separate women’s and men’s races. The race will be hosted by the Pacific Racewalking Organization. Check later for registration information.

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One of the best opportunities to learn or improve your race-walking technique is to take Dave McGovern’s “World Class Racewalking Clinic”:

Friday, February 16, 2018 at 6:30 PM to Sunday, February 18, 2018 at 4 PM — World Class Racewalking Clinic,

Campbell, California (Santa Clara County). See or click here FOR INFORMATION AND REGISTRATION. This is a great opportunity that comes to northern California infrequently.

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Here is Bill Robinson’s video of the one-hour postal race in 2016 (a three-minute clip from both the ground and a drone).

Below you will find a listing of the PA Race Walk-specific news, and to the right is a list of upcoming events and below that are helpful links.


PA Race Walking Latest News

PA Committee chair and officer nominations due by 16 May at 7:00pm – click for more info

Posted by on May 5, 2017 in Coach, coaching education, Cross Country, Elite Athlete, Masters LDR, Officials, Officials News, PA Masters TF News, pausatf, Race Walking, Road Racing, Road Racing News, Track & Field, Ultra Running, Ultra Running News, Youth | 0 comments

Nominations are now being accepted for elected committee positions of USATF Pacific, for election to 2-year terms beginning July 1. Nominations and seconds are being accepted by email, only to [email protected], from now until 7:00 pm on Tuesday, May 16, 2017. Nominations and seconds will also be accepted from the floor during the May 16 Board of Athletics meeting in Sacramento. Nominations will close at the conclusion of the nominations agenda item at the Board meeting.
Nominations and seconds must come from current committee members. Committee members may nominate themselves. Nominees must be members of the Pacific Association when nominated, and be at least 18 years of age at the start of their terms of office. If you are interested in running for a position, but do not know someone who is eligible to nominate you, contact J.R. Heberle at [email protected] for more information.
For details of committee elections procedures and committee offer roles, see Bylaw 5(L) in USATF Pacific Bylaws.
Nominations are open for the following positions:
Athletes Committee:
– Chair
Women’s Track and Field Committee:
– Chair
Men’s Track and Field Committee:
– Chair
Master’s Track and Field Committee:
– Chair
Long Distance Running Committee:

– Women’s LDR Chair
– Men’s LDR Chair
– Masters LDR Chair
– Cross Country Chair
– Ultra Running (MUT) Chair
– LDR Secretary

Race Walking Committee:

– Chair
– Vice Chair
– Secretary-Treasurer
Youth Committee:

– Chair
– Vice Chair
– Secretary
– Treasurer
– Track and Field Sub-Committee Chair
– Cross Country Sub-Committee Chair
– Race Walking Sub-Committee Chair
– Multi Event Sub-Committee Chair
– High School Sub-Committee Chair
– Officials Sub-Committee Chair
– Communications Sub-Committee Chair
– Records Sub-Committee Chair
Officials Committee:
Officials Committee terms begin at the Officials Committee Annual Meeting in August
– Chair
– Vice Chair
– Secretary
– Members At-Large (2)
– Representatives to the Board of Athletics (4)
Coaches Committee:

– Chair
– Coaching Education Sub-Committee Chair
– Youth/High School Sub-Committee Chair

– Open/Collegiate Sub-Committee Chair

Note: The Chair of the Para Athletics Committee is appointed by the Association President. Interested persons should e-mail [email protected].
RW PA’s Phyllis Karsten Sets Pending National W90-94 3000M Race Walk Record

Posted by on May 5, 2017 in PA Masters TF News, pausatf, Race Walking | 0 comments

Phyllis Karsten, age 92, has provisionally set a record for the 90-94 women’s age group in the outdoor 3,000-meter race walk on April 23, 2017, at Mount Diablo High School in Concord, as part of the Western Region and Pacific Association 3,000-meter Race Walk Championship.
Judging from the USATF website, there is no record for this age group.  Her time was 29 minutes 19.05 seconds.  We had the appropriate number of judges with appropriate levels of certification, three hand timers with printouts, lap scorers, and a coned inside curb on the track, which should make everything legal for the record.
The record for the women’s 85-89 age group is 27 minutes, 14.0 seconds, so Phyllis’s time is a good one.  She age graded at 85.65%, best of any of the athletes in the race that day.  The results have been posted on the USATF Pacific’s website: