A great time was had by all this past Sunday , as racewalkers of all ages and abilities merged on the town of Seaside California to compete in this prestigious and USATF sanctioned 10K racewalking event.

Though Kelly appears to be airborne, her front heel is actually touching the ground .To a racewalking fan, her racewalking form… is a thing of beauty!

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The Megawalk race is a tribute to my friend Hansi’s father, and racewalking legend, the late Giulio De Petra .
The event was conceived and put together by Hansi and her Monterey Peninsula walking club ” The Walk Walk Walk Club” back in 1981 . It’s been a must- do annual race ever since.

In addition to organizing this event, she also competes in it!
This women is amazing. She’ll be out there setting up tables, coning off streets and making sure everything gets done…then she’ll join the race herself!
As this that’s not enough, after the race… she cleans up the course and heads-off to a rented auditorium where she puts on an awards banquet….complete with hot lunch and desert! … it’s quite a production

But , alas.. all good things must come to an end. It was announced at the luncheon that this would be the last year for Megawalk.
As Hansi explains, ” As the years go by, fewer and fewer people remember my father, an continuing to put this elaborate event every year has just become to difficult”.

(Hansi, Rachel, Me, Brandon.)

Hansi will continue to compete in occasional racewalking events, as racewalking is in her blood. Hansi is also considered a world class runner and will continue to concentrate her efforts in that sport.

Thank You Hansi and the rest of the Walk Walk Walk club members for 25 years of MegaWalk.

Here’s a clip I put together at the finish line.

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3 thoughts on “Farewell Megawalk

  1. Annette says:

    Wow! I don’t know how you racewalkers do it? I don’t think my body could move that way. 🙂 It is truly an art!

  2. anita says:

    Thanks so much for the report Steve and how fantastic to watch the video! I just loved it….that Hansi….wow.

  3. Tammy says:

    Looks like SO much fun. Wish I could have been there too, and now I won’t ever get to go :(. Thanks for sharing!

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