20 Jul '17, 7pm

Race Walking 101: Two-Time Olympian Schools Us on Her Misunderstood Event

Race Walking 101: Two-Time Olympian Schools Us on Her Misunderstood Event

She owns several American records, she’s competed at two Olympic Games, and she can cover 20 kilometers a lot faster walking than most people can run the same distance. But what Maria Michta-Coffey really wants is for more people to learn about race walking rather than mock it. “I wish that people were aware that just because everybody can walk doesn’t mean that anybody can be a race walker. A lot of people can drive a car, but not everybody can jump in and race NASCAR,” the Long Island, New York, native said. “If people actually asked questions and got to know me, got to know race walking, see the training and mileage, they’d gain some more respect. It’s another discipline of track and field. It’s not a different sport. It’s an event, and it’s one that’s very technical.”

Full article: http://www.runnersworld.com/world-championships/race-walk...

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