Thursday, 2 February 2012

Walker-friendly Races for 2012

I've pretty much finalized my own personal 2012 race calendar, limited to two half-marathons and two 10K training races. Most are close to home - not as much travelling time or expense that way. First up will be the Meteor 10K at the Martian Marathon (Dearborn, MI) in April, then the Sudbury Rocks! Half Marathon (Sudbury, ON) in May (because we'll be visiting family up there at that time). Hiking in the US Southwest usually occurs in August, so back into the racing in September with another 10K (Run with Heroes, in Amherstburg, ON), and the Cincy Half Marathon (Cincinnati, OH) in October.
Of those I've chosen, all accept walkers, but only the Cincy one has dedicated Competitive walking divisions. There are others that have such, but economics and pre-planned travel had to play a part this year! Also, I usually only race in the Spring and Autumn. In my search for a Spring or Autumn race this year, I came across a good many walker-friendly or walker-welcome ones, so thought I'd share (even threw a couple of Summer ones in for you). There are a LOT more out there; these are just some of the ones that happened to fit my criteria. Email me with more and I'll gladly add them to the list!



April 14th, 2012: Martian Marathon (Dearborn. MI): walkers welcome, but no separate divisions

May 6th, 2012: Borgess (Kalamazoo, MI) -walkers allowed, but no separate division

May 6th, 2012: Cincinnati Flying Pig - a great one for walkers! Separate walking divisions (honour system) and results posted separately, no awards

May 6th, 2012: Mississauga, ON-separate results; no awards

May 6th, 2012: Quebec City, Quebec -walker division and early start

May 12, 2012: Journey's Marathon ( Eagle River WI) - separate 13.1 Power Walk division (honour systems) and results. Beautiful area! No awards (due to honour system)

May 13, 2012: Sudbury Rocks! (Sudbury, ON) -walkers welcome, but no separate divisions, results or awards.

May 20, 2012: Cleveland, OH -separate divisions and results; 5k; unsure about awards (rumour has it yes).

May 26-27: Ottawa -separate walking division and results. No awards.


August 19th: Edmonton, AB -separate walk division and awards

August 26th, 2012: Bayshore (Owen Sound, ON)-separate walkers divisions, results and awards.


September 23rd: KW Walking Classic (Kitchener-Waterloo, ON) - Walkers only Competitive Event: half marathon, 10K, 5K.

September 23rd:: Toronto Island Girl Half (Toronto, ON) -separate results, but no awards

September 23rd, 2012: Run for Heroes (Amherstburg, ON) -fast walkers allowed (at least in the 10K that I know of), but no separate divisions

September 29, 2012: Run for the Toad, Pinehurst Conservation Area (Paris ON) -- separate division with awards; 25k distance for walkers

September 30th, 2012: Brooksie Way (Rochester, MI) -walkers welcome…that’s all.

October 7th, 2012 - Portland Marathon (Portland OR) -one of THE premiere races for walkers. Racewalk AND Nordic Walking divisions. Sells out quickly!

October 14th, 2012: Mother Road (OK/ KA/MO)-walkers welcome; no separate results or awards

October 20th, 2012: Cincinnati Half Marathon (Cincinnati, OH)-walking division! –capped at 5,000 – through downtown and along the Ohio River – separate start – walking awards!!!!

October 20th, 2012: Waddell & Reed Marathon (Kansas City, MO) - walkers welome, but no separate division

October 21st, 2012: Niagara Falls, ON  -walk division; late start (10 am); no awards due to no marshals; results posted separately

October 21st, 2012: Detroit Free Press Talmer Bank Marathon (Detroit, MI) -very walker friendly; separate walking division and results; must wear second bib to keep you honest!; awards

October 21st, 2012: Columbus Marathon (Columbus, OH) - simply one of the best for walkers. Separate Competitive Walk division with awards. Walkers treated with respect!

October 21st, 2012: Grand Rapids, MI -walkers have early start (so stats are separate); no awards

October 21st, 2012: St. Louis Rock n’ Roll-walker-friendly; no separate division

October 21st, 2012: Des Moines, Iowa-walkers welcome

October 20th/21st, 2012: Duke City Marathon (Albuquerque, NM) - separate walking division, results and awards for the 20k walk. Also a 5k walk.

October 27th, 2012: Monster Dash (Minneapolis/St. Paul)-generous time allotment but no mention of walkers; Great swag

November 4th, 2012: Bass Pro Marathon (Springfield, MO)-walkers allowed

November 17th/18th, 2012: Tulsa Route 66 -walkers welcome, but no separate divisions or results.

November 25th: Seattle Marathon -separate marathon and half marathon walk divisions, but no awards.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for posting this - this is really good!