Chicago Walkers Club offers you a variety of competitive, fitness and social events and information about other local, national and international race walk competitions. **Many race walk competitions have been cancelled or postponed due to COVID-19 and Chicago Walkers club events are suspended until group activities can be safely resumed. Check back later for more information.**
For return to training information, see USATF guidance document.
Diane Graham-Henry 5K Club Race
Chicago Walkers Club is proud to host a USA Track and Field (USATF)-certified race each fall. Named for our long-time coach Diane Graham-Henry, this USATF-judged race is also the Illinois and Midwest Region 5K race walk championships. It is well-attended by people from Chicago and neighboring states, often up to 30 participants. Prizes and awards immediately follow the race. The small size makes it not intimidating and an excellent opportunity for your first race. Our 2021 race will be on Sunday September 12 on the lakefront path north of Diversey Parkway where we had our 2019 race. Check back later for the race application and sign up information.
Click here for the course map.
Click here for our club race training schedule.
We conduct brief introductory clinics at our 9:00 a.m. Saturday Fitness Walks. More extensive race walk clinics are offered periodically to give walkers enhanced opportunities to learn proper walk form and improve their technique. Upcoming Chicago Walkers Club sponsored clinics and also other locally available clinics will be posted here, announced after Saturday workouts, and announced by email to members.
Two-time Olympian Tim Seaman conducted a well-attended clinic in Chicago in June 2015 with support from Jeff Salvage and Diane Graham-Henry. Race walkers from age 10 to 83 came from San Francisco, Portland, Atlanta, Nashvile, Cleveland, Detroit, Elgin and other cities to participate.
Check this space for future announcements and join us for a clinic!
In addition to our Saturday walks, we offer members a variety of social events including dinners, parties and brunches. Scheduled social events include our annual summer brunch in August and our annual holiday party in December. Contact President for details.
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