Most have settled into a comfortable pace. Because there are shorter distances combined with the 50K, there will be some finishers for the 5K soon. For some in the 20K this will merely be training below race pace with the intent of targeting the Olympic Trials next year. Making the US Olympic team is a huge accomplishment for some of the race walkers today.
Six pack is moving through. Only Christie is doing 50K so he is pacing with the five or leading them.
With a windless day there is no disadvantage to leading.
Taylor-Talcott laps Backlund.
De Los Rios-Banda, leader of 10K competitors at this point, looks askance at yellow paddle for bent knee. Who me?
Switching the lead again so Americans set pace.
Seaman is already an Olympian and has qualified for the 2016 Canadian team. Note there is no action thus far on the Red Flag board.
It's great to have good things at your personal aid station, but what makes this the best is Mrs. Whatley who travels the nation to support Ian in his race walking ventures.
About and hour and a half into race and McGovern is looking fresh.
Under tutelage of bearded Coach Tim Seaman, Jose-Luis Ayala-Altamirano powers toward finish of 10K for 2nd place time of 53:57, pace 8:42 per mile.
Claudia Vazquez-Montoya is 1st female finisher in 10K with a time of 54:00 or 8:42 per mile.
Emmanuel Natos Corvera is following some solid coaching advice and focusing on the 20K for now.
Part of Natos' training is to be sure to replenish fluids, energy and electrolytes to avoid any nutritional issues for the longer races that he'll likely move up to a few years.
Americans Nunn and Barron resupply at the halfway point in hopes of bettering the 4:03:00 Olympic qualifying standard. Pace so far, if sustained, would be under 4:00:00.