LEADING TO THE 2004 OLYMPIC TRIALS
RACEWALKING INTERNATIONAL (RWI) ON-LINE
TUESDAY - OCTOBER 7, 2003

NEWS & NOTES

PARROT CLAIMS MARATHON WIN

     Folsom race walker Ed Parrot finished the Sacramento Marathon (10/5) in
4:03:53 sharing the spotlight with runners from around the country at the
first marathon presented by the RWI Sports Management Group, a subsidiary of
RACEWALKING INTERNATIONAL.  Special RWI awards were presented to the top
male and female runners as well as the top male and female walkers.

     Sierra Racewalkers Joe Berendt (2:03:01) and Nicolle Goldman (2:10:10)
won the half marathon walking division.  Berendt resides in Citrus Heights
while Goldman calls Orangevale home.

     The marathon raised funds for the Sacramento Shriner's Hospital, Ronald
McDonald House, local high school athletic teams and youth race walk
programs.  RWI President John MacLachlan pleased with the turnout of more
than 1,000 participants, an almost three-fold increase from the prior year,
said. "RWI will return in 2004 with an even better event."

          Information and full Sacramento Marathon results / events can be
found at:  www.sacramentomarathon.net.


QUIRKE, SHOREY HEADING TO LONG ISLAND FOR NATIONAL 50K CHAMPIONSHIP

     University of Wisconsin-Parkside (UWP) walkers Steve Quirke and Ben
Shorey are both looking forward to the National 50K Championships scheduled
for Sunday, October 19th, on Long Island.  Quirke, who has already qualified
for the Olympic Trials 50K in February 2004, will be shooting for a 4:30
finish.  The 50K will be the first for Shorey who finished sixth (6th) in
the National 20K at Stanford University.  Shorey has been training with
Quirke and both are looking for spots on the 2004 Athens Olympic squad. 
Shorey will be among the youngest at the 31-mile challenge.

     Shorey and Quirke will benefit from the annual $10,000 RACEWALKING
INTERNATIONAL stipend provided to Coach Mike DeWitt's program to help
alleviate some travel expenses for elite walkers attending UWP.  Coach
DeWitt also serves as RWI coordinator for the National Collegiate Race
Walking Grand Prix open to students at colleges across the country.

TEAM PLATZER COMING TO FLAGSTAFF

     Norway's superstar Kjersti Platzer announced recently that Team Platzer
(Coach and husband Stephan Platzer, brother Eric Tysse and other Norwegian
athletes) will be coming to Flagstaff in November to begin its first
altitude training as the 2004 Olympics approach.

     Kjersti and Eric, who represent RWI on the European circuit, were very
excited about the possibility of having American standouts Kevin Eastler and
Tim Seaman join them in Arizona.  Seaman, who set two American road walking
records after a short training period with Team Platzer in Norway, may be
just as excited.

     Team Platzer may also host champion walkers from Italy and Canada at
the November enclave.

KUHLES TRAVELING TO TEXAS

     RWI Youth Development Team Coach Ray Kuhles will be in the Pharr,
Texas, area Dec10-12th assisting at walking clinics and attending the
largest 5K walking event in the Southwest.  Kuhles, who is head track and
field coach at California University-Pennsylvania, was invited by A.C. Jaime
of the South Texas Walking Club.

NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS at CHULA VISTA

     The National 30K is scheduled for January 2004 and the 50K Olympic
Trials will be held February 15, 2004, in Chula Vista, the home of America's
elite walking corps.  Host hotels and race particulars have not been
announced by the organizing committee.

PARKSIDE INVITATIONAL WALKS

     Coach DeWitt announced this week that the annual Parkside Invitational
Indoor Walks will be held at the Petretti Field House the weekend of
February 13th.  The multiple race event will highlight a 10K where Shorey
will try to lower his collegiate record.

IAAF RACE WALKING CHALLENGE

     Many of the best walkers in the world are expected to attend Mexican
Walk Week in Tijuana in March 2004 and race for the prize money offered for
winners of the IAAF Walking Grand Prix.  Last year Poland's Robert
Korzenowski and Spain's Francisco Fernandez walked head-to-head only to lose
by a hair to Mexico's Bernardo Sequra.  More than 10,000 attended the
festive weekend events.

SNOWBIRD RELAYS @ FLORIDA STATE

     To escape the winter conditions at UWP, the Parkside walkers will
travel to Tallahassee, Florida, for the Snowbird Relays at Florida State the
weekend of March 11-13, 2004.  A 10K walk has been scheduled under the
lights on the Seminoles's track just after the 10K run.  Other Northeast
colleges are also expected to attend.

WORLD CUP TRIALS

     RACEWALKING INTERNATIONAL has learned through reliable sources that the
USA 2004 World Cup Trials has been awarded to the USATF Missouri Valley
Association.  The race to be held April 3 or 4 in the Kansas City area will
serve as the qualifying competition for the IAAF World Cup scheduled for
Germany in May.  The World Cup is part of the IAAF Race Walking Challenge
Grand Prix which will culminate at the Olympic Games in Athens.

KANSAS RELAYS

     Two weeks after the World Cup Trials the annual Kansas Relays will be
held in Lawrence.  Coach DeWitt's team is planning another assault on the
race walking records at KU, but is well aware of the changeable weather in
the area where the races have been rained upon the last two years.

US OLYMPIC TRIALS RETURNING TO SACRAMENTO

     Sacramento, which filled the house at the 2000 Olympic Trials, will
again host the prime athletic event in 2004 next July at Sacramento State
University.  Hotels will fill fast.  Contact RACEWALKING INTERNATIONAL staff
at walkrwi@hotmail.com for additional information about places to stay and
things to do and see.

     Enjoy race walking around the world with RWI.

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