Race Walk Clinics

PVTC will be hosting a Race Walk Clinic for Officials. Are you interesting in ensuring race walking is conducted by USATF Rules? Come join us for an Introduction to Race Walk Officiating/Judging. I will be reviewing and providing all the basics on Race Walking during this clinic. Already a RW official/judge and you feel you need a refresher? We will be reviewing new Race Walk rules and procedures that have been added as well as a review of the new RW Handbook.

  • Date: Sunday, February 5, 2017
  • Place: Thomas Jefferson Community Center, 3501 2nd Street South, Arlington, VA
  • Time: 9:00 - 11 am
  • Instruction given by Becky Klein, PVA Race Walk Chair

    Want to get some hands-on experience learning to be a RW Judge/Official? We are also hosting this same day, PVA 3000m Indoor Association Championship. Race begins at 7:45 am. Please arrive by 7:15 am.

    Please RSVP by Feb 3 to boopwalk@yahoo.com - let me know if you plan to attend the race and/or the clinic.

    Thank you, Becky


    Potomac Valley Track Club, long one of the premier race walking clubs in the country, hosts race walk clinics for beginning and experienced race walkers.

    Race walking has an efficient, smooth, flowing style and can be an enjoyable addition to your fitness program; it is also a local and international competitive sport at all levels, including the Olympics.

    Depending on your choice of intensity level, it can range from moderate exercise to a fast-paced, highly aerobic, full-body workout. It is a far lower-impact sport than running and provides comparable conditioning benefits for your health.


  • Jim Wass coaches most Tuesday evenings around 6:30 PM and Saturday mornings around 7:00 AM, at Montgomery Blair High School on the outdoor track adjacent to Route 29, just outside the I-495 Capital Beltway. Contact Jim (301-257-1348, Jim@jimwass.com for more info
  • Art Klein and Becky Klein coach every Wednesday at 7:00 PM indoors at Thomas Jefferson Community Center, 3501 2nd Street South, Arlington VA. During these one-hour sessions, Art coaches specific exercises to improve form and walk faster. Contact Art or Becky (831-234-1739, kleinwalk@comcast.net for more info
  • In addition, 90 minutes before the start of each of PVTC's all-comers outdoor track meets, we offer a drop-in clinic at 7:00 AM, again coached by Art Klein.

    Meet dates and locations:

  • Saturday, May 21, 2016, at Robinson High School, Fairfax, VA
  • Saturday, June 11, 2016, at T. C. Williams High School, Alexandria, VA
  • Saturday July 23, 2016, at Howard Community College, Columbia MD
  • Saturday, August 6, 2016, at Edison High School, Alexandria, VA
  • Saturday, August 20, 2016, at Edison High School, Alexandria, VA

    Each clinic offers three elements:

  • Basics of racewalking for beginners
  • Technique and aerobic workouts for intermediates
  • Racing strategy and tips for everyone

    Meet us on the track. Wear workout shorts/shoes. For outdoor workouts, a hat and sunscreen are a good idea. Bring water.

    You can drop in at any of the clinics; no pre-registration is required. Each clinic provides beginning instruction for new participants, together with continuing drills and workouts for those who return for additional sessions.

    Students can immediately put their training into practice at the all-comers meets. Each outdoor meet begins with a 3000-meter race walk competition as the first event, starting at 8:30 AM, followed by a one-mile racewalk later in the meet for those who want to try a shorter distance.

    For directions to the venue and updated information about the club's all-comers meets, please see www.pvtc.org/outdoor.html

    The clinics are free.

    A clinic is cancelled if an all-comers meet is cancelled, e.g., due to pouring rain or lightning.

    Check the club hotline (703-481-3530) for last-minute information.

    For further information about the clinics, please call Art and Becky Klein (571-402-7102) before 9:00 PM or write to boopwalk@yahoo.com