Protest to save racewalking 20Km & 50Km
Is called RACEWALKING GUERRILLA. Just a gesture of silent and fast protest. Is very simple:
Step2> cross arms
Final step > open your left hand.
(You can look at photos of other racewalkers on this website, you will understand immediately)
What is this? Is a 50 with your hands, to remind everyone that we want the racewalking 50K. We have to attract attention, do it alone or together with other friends, in training, in the races before the start, at the end or on the podium. It’s important, is the battle of all racewalkers. It’s so as not to delete our identity of discipline unique. Take a picture and share with hashtag #SAVETHERACEWALKING WE WANT RACEWALKING 20Km & 50Km
How to act? Here’s what we want
What many racewalkers, coaches and racewalking lovers all over the world want is simple:
1. Keep the current 20km / 50km as the international racewalking distances until after the 2024 Olympics.
2. Use this extended timeframe to properly test the new shoe insert technology.
3. Work to enhance the current 20km / 50km events to make them more attractive to the general viewing public (Phoenix Project).
4. Visit this issue (if it still exists) again in 2024 once the shoe insert technology has been deemed to work (or not!).
The only ones who can now sway the decision are our top racewalkers. If they are prepared to contact their IAAF Council delegates or get their member federations to contact the council delegates, they may make a difference in the final vote. We have to convince them to help us, we have to help them convince the delegates.
Phoenix, a new project for racewalking
The Phoenix is a mythological bird that is reborn from its ashes and for this reason, also symbolizes the power of resilience, or the ability to cope in a positive manner to difficulty. In this dramatic moment for our discipline, can emerge a great unity of purpose, we can not miss this opportunity. Already the numerous letters and proposals that we have sent to the IAAF RWC (and which they have ignored) are the basis for the future of racewalking.
We must not think about changing racewalking, but about how to spread in all the world what is racewalking, with a real project based on communication an promotion. We can all contribute, the revolution starts from the bottom, from the sports clubs, from the comparison of the experiences already made, from the analysis of the problems. We must join to this initiative from all over the world, only those who experience racewalking can really help it grow.
If you are a club or a racewalkers association, if you are a coach, athlete or judge tired of the old system, immediately join this project, we will develop it together. Write email to firstname.lastname@example.org