Walk On! Minnesota

The Postal!


Submitting Results


The Rules




There are two events in the postal: one-hour and half-hour.


The one-hour postal has a time period of 60 minutes. while the half-hour postal has a time period of 30 minutes.


The distance covered by an athlete within the time period is the result for that event.



Acceptable Events


An acceptable event must


Example en route event: a 10km event could provide half-hour postal results for everyone, and one-hour postal results for those that took longer than an hour to do 10km.


Example continuation event: a 10km event could provide one-hour postal results for those that completed the 10km in under an hour by allowing those athletes to continue walking until the hour was up.


Acceptable Courses


A surveyed indoor or outdoor track is an acceptable course. Most junior high, high school, college, and university tracks in the US meet this criteria.


A certified road course is an acceptable course. Each member association of IAAF has an established procedure for certifying road courses. For USATF, the procedure for certifying a road course is defined here.


A combination of acceptable courses is an acceptable course. We use a certified 1km course and a certified 100m course. The athletes walk the 1km course until the time remaining is not enough for them to complete the 1km course, then they switch to the 100m course.


A non-surveyed track, such as the one at a fitness center, can become acceptable by certifying it as if it was a road course. You should obtain permission from the owner of the track before attempting to certify it.


No other courses are acceptable.


A course measured with a measuring wheel, a bicycle odometer, or a car odometer is not an acceptable course.


Acceptable Level of Judging


At least three certified race walk judges are required. These judges may be certified by the IAAF or by any national governing body for race walking.


Counting Whole Laps


A whole lap is a lap that was begun during the time period and was completed during the time period.


Some method must be used to record split times or lap times for each lap. This can be some form of transponder timing or hand timing or lap counting. For lap counting, it is not enough to record the lap, but something must be recorded to allow the computation of the split time. When submitting results, you must include the split time for each lap for each athlete.


Counting Partial Laps


A partial lap is a lap that was begun during the time period, but was not completed by the end of the time period.


It is not necessary to count partial laps.


To count partial laps, you must have some method to communicate the end of the time period to the athletes and/or to race officials. For tracks, this is usually accomplished with a noise making device (for example: a starter's pistol, a megaphone, an air horn). For longer courses this can be a significant challenge.


To count partial laps you must some method of determining where an athlete was at the end of the time period. One method is to have the athlete carry some unique item (we use a plastic bag with their bib number on it and a small amount of sand in it). When the time period expires, the athlete drops the bag. Other methods are acceptable. Document your method in the race documentation file.


To count partial laps, you must have some method to measure the distance from the start of the lap to where each athlete was. One method is to use a measuring wheel. Since measuring wheels can be quite inaccurate, first measure one lap with the wheel. Create the wheel accuracy ratio by taking the surveyed/certified distance of the lap and dividing by the measured distance with the wheel. Then, from the beginning of each lap, use the wheel to measure the distance to where the athlete was. Multiply the measured partial lap distance by the wheel accuracy ratio to get the actual partial lap distance.


Computing Distance


Compute the lap times and make sure that they are reasonable. If one lap time is about twice as long as the others, than the lap counter may have missed a lap, or the athlete may have gone to the bathroom. The goal is to get the correct number of complete laps.


If you decide not to use partial laps, the distance is the correct number of laps completed multiplied by the distance of one lap.


If you decide to use partial laps, you also add in the actual partial lap distance after computing the distance traveled in complete laps.