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.
13th Place - Tom Quattrocchi, Shore AC (5:11:21, 1st 60-64)
14th Place - John Backlund, So Cal Walkers (5:18:56)
1st 70-74, set US M70-74 35K record of 4:35:17 en route)
15th Place - Eliot Collins, Shore AC (5:58:04, 2nd 60-64)
16th Place - Robert Newhouser, NY Walkers (6:28:31, 2nd 55-59)
1st Woman - Erin Taylor-Talcott, Shore AC (3:44:45), set US open 25K record of 2:13;22
2nd Woman - Tammy Stevenson, Wasatch Walkers, Utah (4:23:10, 1st 40-44)
3rd Woman - Cathy Mayfield, Pegasus AC (4:54:50, 1st 60-64; US women 60-64 record.)
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