Rules of Race Walking

Extracts from IAAF RULE 230: Race Walking

2. Definition of Race Walking

Race Walking is a progression of steps so taken that the walker makes contact with the ground, so that no visible ( to the human eyes ) loss of contact occurs. The advancing leg shall be straightened ( i.e. not bent at the knee ) from the moment of first contact with the ground until in the vertical upright position.

3. Judging

(a)    The appointed judges of Race Walking shall elect a Chief Judge, if one has not been appointed previously.

(b)    All the judges shall act in an individual capacity and their judgements shall be based on observations made by the human eye.

(d)    For road races, there should normally be a minimum of six to a maximum of nine judges including the Chief Judge.

(e)    For track races, there should normally be six judges including the Chief Judge.

4. Chief Judge

(a)    In competitions held under Rules 1.1(a), (b), (c), (d) and (f), the Chief Judge has the power to disqualify an athlete in the last 100m, when his mode of progression obviously fails to comply with the Rule 230.2 regardless of the number of previous Red Cards the Chief Judge has received on that athlete. An athlete who is disqualified by the Chief Judge under these circumstances shall be allowed to finish the race. He shall be notified of this disqualification by the Chief Judge or a Chief Judge’s Assistant by showing the athlete a red paddle at the earliest opportunity after the athlete has finished the race.

(In State and Australian Championships this rule applies.)

5. Yellow Paddle

When a judge is not completely satisfied that an athlete is fully complying with Rule 230.2, he should, where possible, show the athlete a yellow paddle with the symbol of the offence on each side. An athlete cannot be shown a second yellow paddle by the same Judge for the same offence. Having shown a yellow paddle to an athlete, the Judge shall inform the Chief Judge of his action after the competition.

(In our competitions a Yellow Paddle may be given by verbal or by sign means.)

6. Red Cards

When a Judge observes an athlete failing to comply with Rule 230.2 by exhibiting visible loss of contact or a bent knee during any part of the competition, the Judge shall send a Red Card to the Chief Judge.

7. Disqualification

(a) Except as provided in Rule 230.7(c), when three Red Cards from three different Judges have been sent to the Chief Judge on the same athlete, the athlete is disqualified and he shall be notified of this disqualification by the Chief Judge or a Chief Judge’s Assistant by being shown a red paddle. The failure to give notification shall not result in the reinstatement of a disqualified athlete.

(d) In track Races, an athlete who is disqualified shall immediately leave the track and, in Road Races, shall, immediately after being disqualified, remove the distinguishing bibs and leave the course. Any disqualified athlete who fails to leave the course or track or comply with directions given under Rule 230.7(c) to enter and remain for the required period in the Pit lane may be liable to further disciplinary action in accordance with Rule 145.2.

(e) One or more Posting Boards shall be placed on the course and near the finish to keep athletes informed about the number of Red Cards that have been sent to the Chief Judge for each athlete. the symbol of each offence should also be indicated on the Posting Board.

10. Drinking / Sponging and Refreshment Stations in Road Events

(b) For all events of 5km or longer up to and including 10km, water only drinking / sponging stations shall be provided at suitable intervals if weather conditions warrant such provision.

(Walkers shall provide their own water in a labelled and suitable bottle, no sponges will be supplied or used by the NSWRWC.)

(c) For all events longer than 10km, refreshment stations shall be provided every lap. In addition, water only drinking/sponging stations shall be placed approximately midway between the refreshment stations or more frequently if weather conditions warrant such provision.

(At NSWRWC events, there will be a combined water/refreshment station.)

(d) Refreshments, which may be provided by either the Organising Committee or the athlete, shall be placed at the stations so that they are easily accessible to, or may be put by authorised persons into the hands of, the athletes.

(At NSWRWC events, refreshments shall be provided by the individual athlete.)

(e) Such authorised persons may not enter the course nor obstruct any athlete. they may hand the refreshment to the athlete either from behind, or from a position no more than one metre to the side, but not in front, of the table.

(h) An athlete who receives or collects refreshment or water from a place other than the official stations, except where provided for medical reasons from or under the direction of race officials, or takes the refreshment of another athlete, should, for a first such offence, be warned by the Referee normally by showing a yellow card. For a second offence, the Referee shall disqualify the athlete, normally by showing a red card. The athlete shall then immediately leave the course.


Club Rules

All competitors must be members of both the NSWRWC and either Athletics NSW or LANSW.

Competitors must be financial members of NSWRWC before competing. Two weeks grace will be allowed to become a financial member of ANSW or LANSW. ANSW or other State Association registered athletes wishing to compete by invitation pay a race fee of $5.00 per event.

Should unforseen circumstances make it necessary, this programme may be changed by the Executive of the NSWRWC and, in the case of State Championships, by Athletics NSW.

See the Winter Handbook for more details.

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Last modified: 21 March 2016