Welcome to Racewalk.com's coverage to the 2006 Race Walking World Cup. Special thanks go to Vince Peters, Bill Pollinger, and Tom Eastler for assisting in getting my press pass that greatly improves my access to athletes, the course, and facilities. Thanks also go to Steve Vaitones for helping support my reporting efforts including providing much of the text for the race descriptions.
To me, the IAAF Race Walking World Cup is the premier event. Far deeper than the Olympics or World Championships, the Race Walking World Cup fields teams in the Menís 20K, Menís 50K and Womenís 50K, each up to five members deep. In contrast, teams competing in these Olympic distance events are only allowed to field at most two or three team participants at each distance at the Olympics and World Championships. In addition, two junior races have been added, with teams of three boys and girls competing at 10K.
Unlike the Olympics, the World Cup scores teams as well as individuals. It provides a unique competition as country pride often pervades over individual achievements. Teams must finish three members to score, providing torturous afternoon for many that trudge on out of responsibility to their team.
True champions talk about their predictions for the 2006 IAAF Race Walking World Cup at the pre race press conference
Click here, for USA team photos
Twas the night before the World Cup and not a creature was stirring. OK that's not really true. Check out the night before the races here.