This page lists books that might be of interest to race walkers and long-distance walkers. The books are listed alphabetically in order by title. The following graphics are used to indicate the target audience:
of interest to race walkers
of interest to long- and ultra-distance walkers
of interest to other walkers
of interest to all walkers
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|- BoomerWalk: Why Baby Boomers Should Replace Running and Jogging with Racewalking by Brent Bohlen (Walking Promotions, Medford NJ: 2009) paperback, 101 pages. Brent found race walking in his early 50s. He writes, "I was mourning losses in my life--loss of the ability to do activities that I loved, loss of vigor from not being able to stay in good aerobic condition and loss of the challenge of athletic competition." He then goes on to describe how he stumbled onto, and fell in love with race walking. After unabashedly trying to convince other baby boomers to join him in his sport, he goes on to give an overview of the sport, its rules, and the walking technique used by race walkers. The book includes profiles of 14 race walkers, from some in their early 50s to one in her 90s, and offers good tips on how to learn more about the sport. More information about the book can be found at www.boomerwalk.com.|
|- The Complete Guide to Marathon Walking by Dave McGovern (World Class, Mobile AL: 2000) paperback, 212 pages - covers all aspects of training for, and walking, a marathon. Dave is one of the best racewalkers in the United States and is most famous for his racewalking clinics that are held throughout the United States. Dave's Web site can be found at www.racewalking.org.|
|- The Complete Guide to Racewalking: Technique and Training by Dave McGovern (World Class, Mobile AL: ?) paperback, 220 pages - is a very good, comprehensive source of information for both novice and veteran racewalkers. Copies are scarce but may still be available at Amazon.com. Dave is one of the best racewalkers in the United States and is most famous for his racewalking clinics that are held throughout the United States. Dave's Web site can be found at www.racewalking.org.|
|- Dynamic Self-Massage for Fit and Fast Walking by Jolene Steigerwalt and Elaine Ward. (Book and video sold seperately or as a package.) Do you want to walk faster, but your body keeps saying "No?" Do stiff, sometimes achy muscles get in your way? Jolene Steigerwalt and Elaine Ward have teamed up to bring you a much needed book and video called Dynamic Self-Massage for Fit and Fast Walking. You learn how to keep your muscles working fully and reliably. +++ The book explains the primary muscles involved in fast walking. It describes how the wear and tear of repetitive activity can gradually limit flexibility and how to prevent this loss. Many illustrations help you visualize where muscle problems occur and where to treat them. +++ The video shows Dynamic Self-Massage in action. It shows you how to apply self-massage to meet your personal needs. You are shown many ways of caring for your muscles starting with your arms down to your feet. Some ways are gentle; others are more aggressive. Their variety allows you to discover those that are the most effective for you. +++ Whether you use Dynamic Self-Massage after exercise for injury prevention or use it to get rid of an existing problem, your muscles will be grateful for the care you give them. You need healthy muscles that perform well to achieve your walking goals. Dynamic Self-Massage offers you a way of nurturing your body so you can walk fit and fast throughout your life. Purchase this item from the North American Racewalking Foundation (NARF) Store.|
|- The Extra Mile: One Woman's Personal Journey to Ultrarunning Greatness by Pam Reed (Rodale, New York: 2006) paperback, 257 pages - provides insights into the life of a top, female ultra runner who has proven that a woman can beat the men at ultra distance events. She was the overall winner in the 2002 and 2003 Badwater Ultramarathon where participants climb from Death Valley (so hot your shoes can melt) for 135 miles to the 8,000-foot level on the slopes of Mount Whitney. Though considered runners, they "power" walk a significant percentage of such courses. Pam does not have her own Web site, but many articles on her exploits can be found on the Internet by doing a search for the phrase "pam reed".|
|- Fast Walking Technique and Training by Elaine Ward. This manual is a great companion to the video, How to Walk Faster. It is also a great instructional resource by itself. It expands on the information on the video and has many pictures demonstrating the text. Purchase this item from the North American Racewalking Foundation (NARF) Store.|
|- Introduction to the Technique of Racewalking by Elaine Ward. This easy to use, manual answers the basic questions: How can I learn to racewalk? How can I check if I am teaching myself correctly? A simple, clear technique presentation with how-to photos. Purchase this item from the North American Racewalking Foundation (NARF) Store.|
- King of the Peds by P. S. Marshall (Central Milton Keynes: AuthorHouse, 2008) paperback, 752 pages - a detailed presentation of key Pedestrian events that occurred in the latter half of the 19th century, and of key players in those events. It provides a most-interesting portal into the life and times in that period as it presents the day-by-day diary of long-distance walkers and their surroundings as they pursued fame and fortune. More information about the book, including purchase instructions, can be found at www.kingofthepeds.com.
|- Mobility Exercises for Racewalking, With Technique Tips by Elaine Ward with Frank Alongi as consultant. Strength and flexibility lead to better racewalking and faster times. Purchase this item from the North American Racewalking Foundation (NARF) Store.|
|- Race Walk Like a Champion: Second Edition by Jeff Salvage (CreateSpace, ?: 2007) paperback, 176 pages - an excellent compilation of information on the technique, training, and history of race walking. It is a valuable source of information for both novice and elite competitor. Jeff's Web site can be found at www.racewalk.com.|
|- Racewalking Judging; manual and video (sold seperately) containing updated rules and procedures. Video has aluable footage of racewalkers with stop action to show the judging points. Purchase these items from the North American Racewalking Foundation (NARF) Store.|
|- Ultra Marathon Man: Confessions of an All-Night Runner by Dean Karnazes (Tarcher/Penguin, New York: 2006) paperback, 295 pages - provides insights into the life of an extreme ultra runner who recently completed 50 marathons in 50 days in 50 states. The ultra running events are often point-to-point, open road events (rather than closed loop events) but many of the pages offer insights into the world of ultra-distance pedestrian athletes and events. Dean's Web site can be found at www.ultramarathonman.com.|
The most complete list of books on racewalking that I have found is on The Race Walking Association Web site. The Association is the governing body for race walking in England, the Isle of Man, and the Channel Islands of Guernsey and Jersey.