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Race walking
Centurion Qualification Rules

Note that the "qualifying rules" may well differ from country to country but there are some common basic rules....

Sanctioned Races in the UK - what you need to know if you want to compete in a UK 100 mile race
  • In the UK all Centurion qualifying races must be sanctioned by the Centurions1911.
  • The race must be held in Great Britain on a pre certified (measured) course and must satisfy the Centurions1911 regarding health, safety and suitability.
  • The race must be an "open" race.
  • The organisers must apply to the Race Walking Association for a race permit (which must be displayed at the race venue)
  • The Contact Rule: Each walker must have at least one foot in contact with the ground at all times.
  • In races of 100 miles or 24 hours, the rules differ slightly in that these races are “B” races meaning that no walker will get disqualified for bent knees. However, some judges find that bent knees plus a high turn-over rate of footfall makes continuous contact difficult to judge.
  • The judging criteria is simple: judges expect each walker to walk honestly in such a way that he/she is not gaining an unfair advantage over other competitors through his/her mode of walking.

However, all Centurion races should follow these basic rules and guidance
  • To qualify as a Centurion you must walk 100 miles within 24 hours.
  • There is a 24 hours time limit for the 100 miles - from the time of the start to the finish. You may stop, rest, get a massage etc…. the clock, however, will not stop!

Generally, the following should be observed:
  • The race should be judged throughout the 24 hours by qualified Race Walk Judges. There should be a Chief Judge and a Referee to oversee the race throughout.
  • Long shorts, leggings, long tights, etc are allowed especially during the night and in times of inclement weather. However, the norm is that clothing should be tight to your knee and lower leg.
  • An "official" feeding station should be available to all walkers during the race which should provide basic drinks and snacks.
  • Walkers may provide their own food and drink.
  • Supporters are allowed to hand over drinks and food within the designated support area and should not walk with the athlete to feed/supply food and drink.
  • No pacers are allowed during the race. However, two or more walkers who have entered the race may walk together but must not impede other competitors.
  • No walker will be allowed "hands on" assistance during the race.
  • Poles, canes, walking sticks, wheelchairs should be not allowed.
  • The course must be certified by an official course measurer and the certificate must be displayed dring the event.
  • If you leave the course for any reason you must return to the course at the same point.
  • To be caught cutting the course hence making the route shorter may result in disqualification.
  • Each walker will also be subject to the rules set by the race director.
  • Rules pertaining to wearing listening devices, reflective vest etc.. will be at the discretion of the race director in accordance with national athletics/IAAF Rules of Competition.

The “B” Rule in racewalking
This is a racewalk - ie it's a race!
  • The Contact Rule: Each walker must have at least one foot in contact with the ground at all times.
  • In races of 100 miles or 24 hours, the rules differ slightly from shorter race walks, in that these races are generally “B” races - meaning that no walker will get disqualified for bent knees.
  • The judging criteria is simple: judges expect each walker to walk honestly in such a way that he/she is not gaining an unfair advantage over other competitors through his/her mode of walking.
  • Walkers will be notified of any infringements  
  • See Race Walking Rules for more information on race walking.

Clothes
In a long distance race, clothing can present a problem for some judges and referees.
The general rule in race walking competitions (certainly in the UK) is that the knees must be "uncovered" in order that a judge can actually see the "straight" knee in operation...but in races of 100 miles or 24 hours, the rules differ slightly in that these races are "B" races, meaning that no walker will get disqualified for bent knees.
Leggings, tracksters, long tights, etc  are the norm in 100 mile and 24 hour/multi day events - especially during the night /winter and in times of inclement weather.
So it's very important to check with the Chief Judge before the start (especially in a UK race).
Some Referees/Judges may insist that where long tights are worn, they should be plain (ie not multi coloured or patterned) so the judges can better see the angle of the knees. Given that the "bent knee " rule does not apply - this insistence is questionable in a 100 miles/24 hour races!
But if you are in doubt about your clothing  - always check with the Chief Judge prior to the race start.

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