Despite the early weather forecasts of horrific weather and the dourpours the day before, the skies cleared fora group of dedicated race walkers to toe the line at the 74th Annual 40km USATF National Championship. 40 competitors started, although not all intended to complete the near marathon distance. One of the great advantages of the 40km is that meet director Elliot Denman let's everyone walk just about any distance. It fills the field nicely in an event that otherwise might not attract such great numbers. It also allows younger (as well as older) walkers to compete alongside national and international class race walkers.
1st Guest - Samuel Babativa, Colombia, 3:20:14
2nd Guest -3:20:21, Rodrigo Moreno
1st U.S. - Ben Shorey, Shore AC (3:29:12)
2nd Place - Dan Serianni, World Class Racewalking (3:33:25)
3rd Place - Ray Sharp, Pegsaus AC (3:43:44, 1st 50-54).
4th Place - Dave Talcott, Shore AC (3:47:00, 2nd 50-54);
5th Place - Chris Schmid, World Class Racewalking (4:02:10, US M 65-69 40K record,
1st 65-69; set these M65-69 records en route: 2:57:12 at 30K and 3:29:21 at 35K)
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