Race Walking


Race Walk Chair:
Erin Taylor-Talcott

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Erin Taylor-Talcott and Dave Talcott compete in the 2016 50k Race Walk Olympic Trials in Santee, California.

The Niagara Association Race Walk Championships were held June 13, 2015 to great success at the Owego Free Academy Track in Owego, New York.  Thirteen athletes competed, hailing from hometowns as far away as; Ottawa, Canada; Yellow Springs, Ohio; Ada, Michigan; and competitors from the So Cal Track Club.  Distances covered ranged from 3,000 up to 20,000. 
The 3,000 was won by AJ  Gruttadauro (age 17) from Brockport, NY HS, in a time of 16:24.1.  This was only AJ's fourth race, and his first race over a mile.  A fantastic time from AJ and we look forward to seeing how he progresses.  His future is indeed bright!

Congratulations to USATF Niagara Race Walk Chair's Erin Taylor Talcott and Dave Talcott for being named 2014 Race Walk Masters by USATF. We are fortunate to have such dedicated athletes to help promote Race Walking in Niagara!

USATF Niagara will again host the USA Indoor 5000m Race Walk National Championships at Upstate Holiday Classic in Rochester, NY.  The meet is held at the Rochester Institute of Technology on December 26th 2015. Race Walk begins at 8am.

2014 Results for National Championships

Thank you for your interest in race walking!

Niagara Association boasts some of the top talent in the nation in race walking. We are looking to continue that trend and improve upon it. As race walk chair, it is my goal to give race walkers in the Niagara Association as many opportunities to excel as possible; from clinics, coaching, racing opportunities and whatever else they may need.

Much thanks is owed to the individual efforts of high school coaches who keep their athletes competitive in the state meet. I am here to help coaches in whatever capacity they may require. If there's something you need help with, please contact me and I will do what I can to help you and your athletes succeed.

There are a few excellent websites and an e-list server that offer great links and loads of information related to race walking in North America and beyond:
Sites with great info on race walking are: Racewalk.com and Dave's World Class Racewalking .  Racewalk.com has some excellent tips on technique and suggested workouts from casual walker to elite level. Another great site is:  Miami Valley Track Club

The link to the list server is: Racewalking Yahoo Group

Our neighboring association to the east, Adirondack Association, is the host of the USATF Open and Junior National 10 km Race Walk Championship and it is held in conjunction with the Freihofer’s Run for Women on June 2nd, 2012.

In the Niagara Region we are also close to Canada. The Ontario Track & Field Association has an events calendar which does include race walking events. Some of their track meets may also have race walking divisions. Two of their larger events are the Art Keay Memorial 10K in late May (Toronto) and the Rose City Walks in Welland in late September.

If you are interested in hosting a race walking event (race or clinic) in the Niagara Association, please contact us. We'll do what we can to help promote it and if possible attend the event.

Erin Taylor-Talcott

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Race Walk Chair

Recent Results                                                                       

Niagara Women finish 1-2 in USA 50km Race Walk Championships
Erin Taylor-Talcott wins the 2014 USA 50km Race Walk Championships December 14th, 2014 in Santee, California. Taylor-Talcott finished as the 5th American in the race, ahead of many males, in 4:38.11. Taking second in the Women's category was Katie Burnett, just off of Taylor-Talcott's pace, finishing in 4:39.42.  
Dave Talcott raced in the Men's category, finishing 7th among the Men in 4:53.26. Friend of Niagara, and recent winner of the 2013 USA Indoor 5000m Race Walk, Michael Mannozzi finished 4th among the Men in 4:32.14. The 2014 USA Champion in the 50km Race Walk is again John Nunn in a time of 4:04.08  
Full results

USA 50km Race Walk Championships held on November 24th, 2013 in Coconut Creek, Florida.

Erin Taylor-Talcott finished 2nd overall in the race, topping 2012 Olympian John Nunn in the process and setting a new World and American Age Group Record – Women’s 35-39 50km = 4:50:40 which was over 20 minutes better than the previous record.   It was the 5th best time ever walked by an American woman (Taylor-Talcott owns three of the 5 best).   Dave Talcott, Erin's husband, finished 3rd overall in the race in 5:00:26. The weather was hot and humid, with the temperature reaching the mid 80’s during the race. Complete results
Fun Photos from racewalk.com

Niagara Athletes Excel at USATF 10K Race Walk Championships
June 2, 2012

Competing in our neighboring Adirondack Association, Dan Serianni from Rochester, NY broke away from the pack to win decisively in the men's 10K race walk championships held in Albany, New York on Saturday, June 2nd.  This was a great effort from Serianni after having returned from a tough race at the race walking world cup in Saransk, Russia.  Dave Talcott, from Owego, NY, finished first old-man (masters) and fifth overall in an excellent time of 48:31.  On the women's side Erin Taylor-Talcott, also from Owego, NY, placed second behind Olympian Teresa Vail.  But the Niagara Association most improved definitely goes to Rochester's Rachael Tylock.  Graduate of Penfield High School and currently attending Mansfield University, Tylock has made tremendous improvements this year.  Her effort at this race placed her 4th, ahead of an Olympic Trials qualifier.  We are very excited to see how far and fast Tylock can go!  

Erin Taylor-Talcott, Dave Talcott and Allen James compete at Olympic Trials

America's best to compete at U.S. Olympic Team Trials - 50 km Race Walk including 3 from Niagara

INDIANAPOLIS -  The defending U.S. champion at the 50 kilometer distance, Benjamin Shorey, and Olympian John Nunn headline Sunday’s field at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials - Men’s 50 km Race Walk in Santee, California.

A prize purse of more than $15,000 will go to the top finishers of the 50 km (31 mile) walk, the longest track and field event in the Olympic Games. First place will take home $6,000, with the top five finishers guaranteed prize money.

In order to secure their place as track and field nominees to the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team in London, the men will need to not only finish in the top three, but also meet the Olympic “A” standard of 3:59:00 or the “B” standard of 4:09:00. Not only are Olympic berths on the line, but the event also serves as the selector for who will represent the U.S. at the IAAF World Race Walking Cup in Russia in May.

Shorey (Kenosha, Wisc.) is the top returning athlete from the 2008 edition of the Trials where he edged out Stephen Quirke, also of Kenosha, by one second to finish third. Since 2008, Shorey went on to win the USA 50 km title in 2011 where he crushed the field with a margin of victory of more than nine minutes. That victory gives Shorey the fastest qualifying mark of the field in 4:16:01.

Nunn (Chula Vista, Calif.) will have the support of the hometown crowd behind him as he attempts to qualify for the Olympics in the longer of the two race walks after representing Team USA in the 20 km in 2004. After Nunn’s win at the West Coast 50 km Race Walk last December, he is the second fastest athlete at 4:17:28. Nunn most recently represented Team USA at the 2011 Pan American games in the 20 km race walk where he was the top U.S. finisher in eighth place.

Tim Seaman (Chula Vista, Calif.) is surely the most decorated of all competitors with a whopping count of 10 American records in his name. Seaman excels on the track indoors or outdoors and also on the roads. Seaman was the runner-up in last year’s USA 50 km Race Walk Championships where he recorded his qualifying time of 4:25:19. Seaman is a two-time Olympian at the 20 km distance and has dozens of U.S. titles to his name. Seaman is also sure to be a crowd favorite as he is the head coach of the Cuyamaca College men’s cross country team in nearby El Cajon.

One athlete with a unique journey to the trials is current USATF Niagara Association Race Walk Chairperson, Erin Taylor-Talcott (Owego, N.Y). As the only female on the starting line, Taylor-Talcott will walk with the men, but is unable to qualify for the Olympics because the 50 km race walk is not offered to women. Taylor-Talcott is entered into the trials in a time of 4:41:36. While she may be the only woman in the race, she will certainly not feel alone as she will be joined by another USATF Niagara resident, her husband, Dave Talcott, who entered with a time of 4:42:19. Also competing will be former USATF Niagara Association Race Walk Chairperson, Allen James (Grand Island, NY) who enters the competition as the 4th seed.

The 50 km race walk begins at 7:30 a.m. this Sunday. The start and finish line of the 1.25 km loop course is located near Mast Blvd. and Magnolia Ave. in Santee. The event is free and open to the public.

For more information on the U.S. Olympic Team Trials, visit www.usatf.org.

race_walk_logo.gif5-30-2009 USA 10 km Race Walk Championships, Empire State Plaza, Albany, NY.  Included Niagara athletes Allen James, of Sanborn finished 2nd in Men's Division in 45:36, and Olivia Lapham of Canandaigua was 1st in the Women's Junior Division in 1:00:00. Lapham is pictured on the right and James, left photo, is shown wearing number 41, pushing the pace early in the race.
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7-5 & 6-2008 US Olympic Team Trials, Men’s & Women's 20K Walk, Hayward Field, Eugene, OR.
Included Niagara athletes Allen James, of Sanborn finished 6th in 1:32:13, and Michael Tarantino, of Rochester/Chula Vista, CA was 11th in 1:38:02.
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6-20-22-2008 U.S. Junior National Championships, Men’s & Women's 10,000m Walk, Jesse Owens Stadium, Columbus, OH.
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Included Rochester finisher’s Chelsea Conway, 6th in 58:09.12, and Rebecca Glass, 9th in 1:03:07.
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5-22-24-2008 NAIA Outdoor Track & Field Championships,
Women's 3,000 Walk, Ralph Korte Stadium, Edwardsville, IL.  Rachel Rhodes, Houghton College, placed 4th in 15:37.32.
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David Reinhardt
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