For Fitness, Fun and Friendship
Our purpose is to promote life-long fitness for all ages through racewalking.
An Olympic sport since the early 1900s, racewalking can be enjoyed by people of varying athletic abilities. It can be practiced at a track, in the streets, on a path, with others or alone. Its main expense is a pair of good shoes.
Racewalking enthusiasts around the world appreciate its many health benefits, as it uses more of the body’s muscles than running, with only a third of the impact on the knees and back. Racewalking affords an excellent cardiovascular workout. Practitioners also praise its benefits for mental, emotional and spiritual health.
Opportunities for racewalking in Claremont continue to expand and currently include the following:
In Collaboration with the City of Claremont Human Services
Camp Claremont – The summer camp offers youngsters, ages five to thirteen, a special day for learning the exciting sport of racewalking.
TRACKS (Teaching Responsible Active Claremont Kids Self-Worth) Activity Center at El Roble Middle School Campus – We offer racewalking classes twice monthly, October to February, as part of the rich variety of activities offered in this free after-school program.
Racewalking Classes and Clinics for Adults (18+) – Each quarter we offer a three-session racewalking class at either the Claremont High School or Strehle (Pitzer-Pomona) track. Beginners are introduced to the fundamentals of the sport and intermediate racewalkers are assisted in further developing their skills. The third class is often taught as a clinic by guest coach and national racewalking record holder, Susan Armenta.
In Collaboration with El Roble Middle School, Claremont Unified School District
Racewalking is offered as one of the sports in El Roble’s track and field program. With the support of coaches, middle-school students learn racewalking technique and have opportunities to compete. Racewalking records were added to school track and field records in 2017 and 2018.
The Pilgrim Pacers
This team, founded in the early 2000s by Bill and Grace Moremen and composed of Pilgrim Place residents and community members, meets several times a week at the Strehle (Pomona-Pitzer) track. Members participate in regional, national and international competitions. The Pacers may be seen in the documentary film, Impossible Dreamers, available on Netflix among other sources. The team also regularly participates in clinics to refine members’ techniques. Beginning racewalkers are welcome on Friday mornings, 6:30-7:30 a.m., for a short workout and tips on form.
Tuesday Night Friendship Group
An informal group of racewalking enthusiasts meets most Tuesday evenings at 6:30 at the Claremont High School or Strehle (Pitzer-Pomona) track. Novice racewalkers and powerwalkers are welcome to join for fitness and fun.
Claremont Classic Racewalk Meet
Our third annual USA Track and Field-sanctioned racewalk meet, sponsored by the Pilgrim Pacers, was held April 8, 2018, at Claremont High School. The meet drew participants aged nine to ninety from many southern California communities for judged competition in 5 Kilometer and 1500 Meter races. Medals were awarded for all five-year age groups. The event also offers a fun, non-judged race for powerwalkers and novice racewalkers. Stay tuned for information about the 2019 Claremont Classic.
Races in Claremont and Beyond
Enthusiastic racewalkers participate in significant numbers in the City’s annual Fourth of July race, the Claremont Sunrise Rotary Club’s Turkey Trot and other regional, national and international events.
Learn more about the sport of racewalking at: www.racewalk.com