USA Women's and Master's 50 km Race Walk Championships
January 7, 2012
Sullins Way, Bear Creek Park
Event Director: Dave Gwyn, 281-498-0027 email@example.com
Recap courtesy of Dave Gwyn
Tammy Stevenson, age 41, of Salt Lake City, Utah won a tight battle with Katie Grimes, 48, of Crescent City, Oregon, Saturday to win the USA Women’s 50 km Race Walk Championships in 5:16:20. The race, in Houston, Texas was also the USA Championships for masters, and both women won their respective age divisions in national record times. Both women also claimed a national masters record en route. Stevenson clocked 3:41:08 at 35KM and Grimes passed 40KM at 4:12:13 as she progressed to a finish in 5:19:52. Third place woman Darlene Backlund of Palm Springs, California recorded the world’s fastest 50KM ever by a 66-year old woman with her 6:45:09, but fell short of her own age 65-69 record from last year. Canadian masters records were also set in the race as guest Sherry Watts, age 58, collected national age 55-59 bests at 30KM as well as the full 50KM.
In the men’s masters competition, Omar Nash, 38, of Cincinnati, Ohio, won the 35-39 category in 5:13:14 and Bruce Logan of New York, New York captured the 45-49 age division with 6:07:05. The Men’s Open Championship in the 50 km race walk will be conducted with the Olympic Trials at the distance, on January 22 in Santee, California.
The competition in Houston also included race walks at 5KM and 20KM. The highlight was the fastest time ever by a 65-year-old American woman, a 2:14:26 by M.J.Baglin of Reno, Nevada.