The Walking Classic consists of two distances: a 10k (6.2 miles) and a half marathon (13.1 miles). Due to the length of time we can keep the course open, all participants in the half marathon will be required to maintain a pace no slower than 18 minutes per mile. At the 6-mile split for the 10k and half marathon, walkers who are slower than the 18 minute per mile pace will be guided to finish with the 10k walkers and not be permitted to continue the half marathon distance. An 18 minute per mile pacer will be walking along the course carrying signage so that walkers will know they cannot fall behind. After the 6-mile point, a sag bus will be following the 18-minute per mile pacer and slower walkers will be asked to board the bus and taken be taken back to the start/finish.
Expo Packet Pickup
Packet Pickup will take place at the Jeanne B. McCoy Community Center for the Arts. Click here for driving directions. The packet pickup schedule that includes information about your race number, merchandise and other perks is as follows:
Friday, September 5th, 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, September 6th, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
- There will be no race day packet pickup. Event merchandise will no longer be available after 3:00 p.m. Saturday, September 6th.
- Photo ID will be required to be presented when picking up your race packet.
- Registered walkers will be permitted to pick up race packets for up to two additional registrants provided they have that registrant's photo ID (a photocopy of a driver's license will be permitted) along with a signed letter from the registrant granting permission to pick up her/his packet.
Awards & Age Groups
Overall awards will be given to the top 3 women and men finishers in each distance. To be eligible for a top three award, judged racewalking rules will be applied. The two rules used in a judged racewalk are The Straight Knee Rule (the advancing leg must be straightened from the moment of first contact with the ground until in the vertical position) and The Contact Rule (the walker makes contact with the ground so that no visible loss of contact occurs).
The top three women and men in each of the following age groups will receive awards after the results are validated. This can take up to one month. The age groups are: 19 and under, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70-79, 80 and above. Judged racewalking rules will not be followed for age group awards. However, as a walking only event, anyone who runs, whether for a few steps or one minute will be disqualified.
All competitors will receive a special race jacket. All sizing will be gender specific. While every size request should hopefully be fulfilled, the possibility remains that certain sizes may not be in stock.
The newly opened Courtyard by Marriott New Albany, just about one-mile from the starting line is our host hotel. The hotel will offer free shuttle service to and from the Walk to all registered guests. In addition, Walking Classic participants will receive a special discounted room rate. To reserve your room, click here.
Pre-Event Pasta Dinner
The Courtyard by Marriott New Albany will be hosting a pasta dinner on Saturday evening before the Walk between 6:00-9:00 PM. For only a $10.00 fee, the offerings will include a salad bar, choice of three different pastas, soft drink and dessert. Wine and beer will be available for purchase with dinner. You must preregister for the pasta dinner. Registration can be completed when registering for the Walk.
To view the 10k course, click here.
To view the half marathon course, click here.
Click here to view a map of the parking areas.
We are pleased to offer our returning and new walkers results from our previous events. Compare your times. Set new goals. And most important, have fun.Click Here to View the 2013 Race Results
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