Birthday: April 8, 1938
Current Residence : NJ
20 km - 1:29:50
Incredibly strong... that's Dave Romansky, born April 8, 1938. Dave is 6 feet 2 inches and has battled weight fluctuations. His weight varied from close to 200 pounds to 163 pounds when he was in top shape. Romansky went from a former mediocre road runner to an international class race walker in a brief 2 years. He started race walking in 1967 and immediately found himself with technique problems. He and Jake Jacobson went over basic techniques and straightened out the problems for some of his longer races. Dave's amazing strength had gotten him through some super races, but at times he would "pull" himself off the ground with his arms. He has since eliminated that problem. In 1968 he won his first national championship, at the 40 kilometer in Long Branch , New Jersey , and made the 50 kilometer team for the Olympics in Mexico City after only a year of race walking.
In 1970 he had a great year, setting American records at distances from 1,500 meters to 10,000 meters. His trip to Europe was successful. Defeating the Germans and the French and losing to the Russians, he posted a record 1:29:50 for the 20km. On a trip to Sweden in 1978, Dave walked an incredible 20 kilometers in 1:33 at the ripe age of 40.
(editors note) Dave continues to be very active in race walking. At times, he has been a very successful masters walker. More importantly he has given back to the sport and has coached countless champions from little kids to masters athletes.
Began race walking in February 1967 after training and competing as a regionally competitive runner for 3 years
Became Olympic race walking prospect at the end of 1967
Dominated East Coast race walking field in 1968, breaking many records
Qualified for Olympic team in the 50K in 1968
Won first of 12 National Championships in the 40K in 1968
Competed at the 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico City , placing 26th despite suffering from the flu and a 102° fever
Won National 1 Mile Championship in 1969, defeating Olympic champion Abdon Pumich of Italy
Won numerous prestigious indoor track and field meets in 1969, including the Penn Relays and the Martin Luther King Games.
Won “Outstanding Track Athlete of the Year” in 1970 for Mid-Atlantic Region
Won “ United States Outstanding Walker of the Year” in 1970
Named “Outstanding Amateur Athlete of the Year” in 1970 by New Jersey Sportswriters Association
Won 7 Championships, and set 12 US records and 3 world records in 1970 – setting 5 US records in one race
Selected to the USA Track Team each year from 1968 through 1972
Toured with the USA Track Team in 1970, winning the 20K in France , the 10K in Germany , and placing 3rd in the 20K in Russia
Placed 8th in World Championships in the 20K in Germany in 1970
Anchored the only US team to ever win in international competition, winning the 85 mile, 5-man race in Switzerland in 1970
Placed 3rd in 1972 dual meet (USA and Russia), finishing only 1 second behind three-time Olympic Gold Medal winner Vladimir Gloubinichy
Toured with the USA Team in 1978 – still world class at 40 years of age
Placed 5th in the World 5K Championships in 1995
Won USA Racewalker of the Year for 55-59 age group five years in a row (1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, and 1999)
Named “Outstanding Athlete of the Year” by the Shore Athletic Club in 1997
Named National Masters Racewalker of the Year in 1997 and 1998
Won six national masters championships and set ten US records in 1998; won five national masters championships and set seven US records in 1999
Inducted into the Penns Grove High School Hall of Fame in 1998
Inducted into the Delaware Track and Field Hall of Fame in 1999
Inducted into the Shore Athletic Club Hall of Fame 2000
Inducted into the Salem County All Sports Hall of Fame 2001 along with Don Bragg Gold Medal 1960
Inducted into the USA Masters Track and Field Hall of Fame in 2002
Coaching and Promoting
Promoted first race in 1965, and began organizing youth track meets
Worked with former Olympian Browning Ross to expand the South Jersey Track Club in 1965
Formed Pennsville Track Club in 1966 with membership of more than 100 children
Named New Jersey Jaycees’ Man of the Year for 1968 and Pennsville Jaycees’ Man of the Year for work with children
Created the South Jersey Charger Track Club for girls in 1969
Trained nationally-ranked cross country runner Beth Benner, who finished 2nd (twice) in national competition and 6th in international competition in Spain . Beth set a world record in the marathon by winning the New York Marathon, and was the first woman to run the marathon in less than 3 hours.
Gave more than 100 speeches to thank organizations throughout the Mid-Atlantic region for their support during 1968 and 1969
Worked with the Ranch Hope track program for children
Coached Delaware Track and Field Track Club; helped form All Girls’ Eastern Track and Field Team
During 1999 and 2000 donated his time and energy by giving more than 20 free racewalking clinics in New Jersey , Pennsylvania , and Texas . Also worked individually with dozens of walkers during regional, national, and world championship races
Currently coaching National Masters Champion Sherry Brosnahan (age 51, New Jersey ) and several other outstanding masters and youth athletes. In 2002, Brosnahan set a new World Masters record in the 50K racewalk and was named America ’s Outstanding Masters Racewalker of the Year.
Featured in articles in Sports Illustrated, Saturday Evening Post, New York Times, and other national publications
Received countless letters of acknowledgment from US presidents, governors, senators, and others for his work with children and the community
Most Memorable Moment
Being recognized by Jesse Owens for achieving world class stature as an athlete and as a coach while raising a family and working for a living.
1978 6th - 1:33:14 1977 8th - 1:38:19 1975 9th - 1:34:47 1974 8th - 1:37:46 1971 5th - 1:33:05 Previous to 1971, rankings did not exist.
1970 1 Mile - 6:13.4 1970 1 Mile - 6:14.0 1969 1 Mile - 6:21.9
1970 2 Hour - 8 miles 80 yards 1970 10K - 44:22.8 15K - 1:14:09 20K - 1:35:35 25K - 1:59:05 35K - 3:13:14.2 40K - 3:32:29 1968 40K - 3:30:33.8
50K Olympic Games
1968 – 26th – 5:38:03.4 – Mexico City, Mexico
20K World Cup
1970– 8th – 1:30:46.2– Escborn, West Germany