Race-walking is a unique challenge

Race-walking is a unique challenge for walking and running enthusiasts

Shayna Seymour gets a lesson in the sport that is growing in popularity worldwide



ANSWER IS YES. RACE WALKING IS NO SIMPLE WALK IN THE PARK. >> ON YOUR MARKS, SET, WALK. TO THE UNINITIATED, THE TERM RACE WALKING MAY SEEM LIKE A CONTRADICTION. THE REALITY IS THAT THE SPORT OFTEN MISLABELED AS SPEED WALKING HAS BEEN AROUND FOR CENTURIES. >> RACE WALKING STARTED OUT AS A SPORT FOR WAGER IN THE LATE 1700S WHERE ALL THE MANSIONS WOULD PUT UP THEIR WAGE STAFF AND THEY WOULD HAVE RACE WALKING. CHALLENGES FOR MONEY. >> ED O ROURKE IS PRESIDENT OF THE NEW ENGLAND WALKERS CLUB AND A 42 YEAR VETERAN OF THE SPORT. >> WHEN YOU ARE RACE WALKING, YOUR WHOLE BODY IS INVOLVED IN YOUR UPPER BODY HAS TO BE IN GOOD SHAPE. >> IT’S A LOT OF HIP SWITCHING. >> IF YOU ARE A RUNNER AND YOU WANT TO BURN MORE CALORIES, I WOULD SUGGEST YOU BECOME A RACE WALKER. >> HOW DOES ONE BECOME A GOOD RACE WALKER? >> PRACTICE. [LAUGHTER] >> WITH THAT, I TAKE TO THE TRACK FOR EXPERT INSTRUCTION. >> TAKE A NORMAL STRIDE BUT I WANTED TO HAVE YOUR HEEL OUT. AND THEN WE ARE GOING TO PUSH THROUGH THE FOOT AND DO THE SAME THING ON THE OTHER FOOT. LET’S ROLL. >> RACE WALKERS MUST ALWAYS HAVE A FOOT ON THE GROUND AND KEEP A STRAIGHT LEG AS IT PASSES UNDER YOUR BODY OR RISK DISQUALIFICATION. >> MI MADE FOR THIS? >> YOU ARE REALLY GOOD. >> MI FAST? >> THE FASTEST MILE THAT WAS RECORDED IS 10 MILES PER HOUR. >> OK. THAT RECORD IS SAFE FOR THE MOMENT. AS FORMER CANADIAN OLYMPIC RACE WALKER THEN THORNE TOLD ME, THE COMPETITION IS FIERCE. >> THERE’S A TON OF COUNTRIES THAT COMPETE IN RACE WALKING. YOU MIGHT HAVE COUNTRIES THAT WOULDN’T NORMALLY WIN MEDALS IN OLYMPIC EVENTS WHO CAN SNEAK IN AND WIN MEDALS. >> I CAN’T HELP BUT SEE GOLD. >> MAYBE IT’S IN MY FUTURE. >> FIRST, I HAVE TO BEAT OUT MEGAN ALLEN. >> MY GOAL IS TO MAKE TEAM USA. ONE OF MY COACHES GAVE ME A TEAM USA JERSEY AND HE SAID, YOU ARE GOING TO WEAR THIS UNTIL YOU CAN GET ONE OF YOUR OWN. I’M STILL WORKING TO PAY HIM BACK. >> TWO LONGER LEGS HAVE MORE OF AN ADVANTAGE? >> AS LONG AS YOU ARE DETERMINED, YOU WILL BE ABLE TO GET THERE. >> TO PEDALING ON BOSTON HARBOR, NEXT UP, A NEW YEAR — UNIQUE WAY TO TOUR THE CITY AT YOUR OWN PACE. >> I’M ONE OF THE OWNERS OF CYCLE BOAT BOSTON. PEOPLE CAN COME ON BOARD AND PEDAL AS MUCH AS THEY LIKE, AS LITTLE AS THEY LIKE. IT’S JUST A FUN WAY TO BE OUT ON THE WATER. >> WHAT STARTED OUT AS ONE BOAT IN A DRAIN FOUR YEARS AGO HAS GROWN TO A FLEET OF THREE. >> PROBABLY HALF OF OUR STAFF’S FAMILY OR VERY CLOSE FRIENDS. AND IT’S A FAMILY BUSINESS, THERE’S AN INTEREST IN MAKING YOUR — MAKING SURE YOUR CUSTOMERS ARE HAPPY. MY WIFE IS REALLY POPULAR WITH THE PASSENGERS. >> IT IS PEOPLE POWER. IF YOU ARE POWERED FOR SPEED, YOU’RE MISSING THE POINT. >> IT’S ABOUT FOUR KNOTS. IT’S A SOCIALIZING EVENT. WE CAN GET REALLY CLOSE TO THE SHORE. PEOPLE CAN INTERACT WITH PEOPLE ON SHORE. THEY CAN SEE THESE INTERESTING HISTORIC SITES CLOSE UP. WE ARE ONE OF THE ONLY BOATS THAT ACTUALLY DOES THAT. >> FOR A CHANGE OF PACE, WE HIT LONG WORTH. GODZILLA. >> IT’S A THRILL RIDE ON THE WATER. GOING 45 MILES PER HOUR, DOING SPINS AND STOPS. THERE’S A LOT OF LOUD MUSIC GOING ON SO IT’S A WHOLE ADVENTURE. >> WE FIRST BOARDED GODZILLA WHEN THE BOAT STARTED THRILLING RIDERS IN 2008. THERE’S NO SECRET TO WHY IT IS STILL GOING STRONG. >> LOOK AT IT. IT LOOKS LIKE FUN TO GET ON IT. EVERYBODY WANTS TO GET WET IN THE SUMMER AND HAVE A WILD RIDE. >> HOW ARE YOU? >> WITH NO FURTHER ADO, I HIT THE DECK. I MEET CAPTAIN ADAM AND HEAD OUT. >> LOOK AT THAT. THIS IS GORGEOUS OUT HERE. WHEN IT’S TIME TO GO FAST, I TAKE MY SEAT. I’M READY. AND GODZILLA DOESN’T DISAPPOINT. THAT WAS GREAT. SO BEAUTIFUL AND CALM OUT HERE IN CONTRAST TO JUST A FEW MINUTES AGO. WHAT A THRILLING ADVENTURE. [LAUGHTER] ANTHONY: APPARENTLY, PRO TIP. IF YOU WANT TO STAY DRY, SIT TOWARDS THE FRONT. SHAYNA: THAT’S EXACTLY WHAT I DID. THE BOAT LIFTS UP AND THE WAVES ARE PUSHED BACK. THAT BOAT WAS GOING SO FAST. I WILL SHARE SOMETHING WITH YOU. THE FAKE EYELASHES THAT I WAS WEARING TOTALLY BLEW OFF. [LAUGHTER] IT WAS THAT FAST. ANTHON

Race-walking is a unique challenge for walking and running enthusiasts

Shayna Seymour gets a lesson in the sport that is growing in popularity worldwide

The New England Walkers Club promotes the sport of race-walking for fitness and competition to athletes of all ages and skill levels.Cycle Boat Boston offers a unique way to see the city with its partially-pedal-powered tours of the inner harbor.CODZILLA has long been the fastest in the large fleet of tour experiences offered by Boston Harbor City Cruises. Participants should be prepared to get wet as they twist and turn their way through the Harbor at high speed while hearing firsthand about the mysterious legend of CODZILLA.

The New England Walkers Club promotes the sport of race-walking for fitness and competition to athletes of all ages and skill levels.

Cycle Boat Boston offers a unique way to see the city with its partially-pedal-powered tours of the inner harbor.

CODZILLA has long been the fastest in the large fleet of tour experiences offered by Boston Harbor City Cruises. Participants should be prepared to get wet as they twist and turn their way through the Harbor at high speed while hearing firsthand about the mysterious legend of CODZILLA.

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