Athletes start on a curved line and may walk in any lane after the start.

Walking is a progression of steps so taken that the walker makes contact with the ground, so that no visible (to the human eye) 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 the vertical upright position.

The advancing foot of the walker must make contact with the ground before the rear foot leaves the ground.

Athletes may receive a caution from a judge when a competitor appears to be in danger of failing to comply with the rules. A judge gives a “red card” for disqualification if a competitor is actually breaking the rules of race walking.


U10 – U111100m
U12 – U171500m