Walking Fact Wednesday: Olympics edition

We’re well into the Summer Olympics in Rio, so today’s fact focuses on the Games:

Race walking made its Olympic debut in 1908.Watch the men’s 20 km race walking final on Aug. 12 at 1:30 p.m., the men’s 50 km race walking final on Aug. 19 at 7 a.m., and the women’s 20 km race walking final on Aug. 19 at 1:30 p.m.

And a note about this week’s photo: Pictured is my friend Rebecca on the track a few years ago. Rebecca has earned many achievements in race walking competitions. Among them? Just a few weeks ago, she placed first in her division in the 10000 Meter Race Walk and in the 5000 Meter Race Walk at the USA Masters Games. In the 5000 meter (i.e. a 5K) her time was 31:47:52, which is a pace — and we’re talking about walking, remember, not running — of 10:13-minute miles.

GO REBECCA!

And happy walking to Olympians and non-Olympians!

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