Women’s 5K Classic Competitive Walk

We offer one of the only competitive walks in the Lehigh Valley for those who wish to participate and be eligible for awards based on their walk time. Those who wish to enjoy the day in a less competitive environment can line up towards the back of the walk and stroll at your leisure.  PARTICIPANTS earning AWARDS in the WALK category MUST WALK all portions of the 5K Walk; running is not authorized. If you would like to walk and run, please sign up for the run or loop. 

Event: Competitive Walk
Date: Saturday, October 6, 2018


Program start: 9:15am
Run, Walk & Pink Ribbon Loop start: 10am simultaneously (Note: Please plan ahead for traffic delays.  We highly recommend that all participants leave home early and plan to be at the event site well before 9am, since enjoying the program is a lot more fun than sitting in traffic.  Unfortunately, we will not be able to postpone program and race start times due to traffic delays.)

Location: Little Lehigh Parkway, Allentown, PA
Packet Pickup: Friday, October 5, 2018 OR on Saturday, October 6, 2018

Walk Course Details and Map: The 2.8 mile walk will start with a gradual climb as you head toward the Covered Bridge. You will be challenged with a few rolling hills but your efforts will be rewarded with a slight downhill towards the end of the course so you can finish with a smile. Most of the course will be on hard packed cinder surface. See the course map highlighted in YELLOW arrows for the Competative Walk Course. 

FEB 15-MAY 31 JUNE 1-SEPT 15 SEPT 16-OCT 6
$30 $35 $40

In-Spirit – You would like a participant shirt but cannot attend the event. Shirt must be picked up at the expo. Rates according to time frames listed above.

On-Line registration ends September 27, 2018
Last day to change events – September 21, 2018

Long sleeve shirt guaranteed if registered by September 20, 2018.

Expo Registration – $40.00

The Women’s 5K Classic Competitive Walk has become quite popular and very competitive. In order to provide a fair environment the W5K has established Competitive Walk guidelines for the event. There will be course marshals assigned to monitor the entire Competitive Walk course. Only participants who abide by the Competitive Walk guidelines will be eligible for awards.

Stay tuned for Competitive Walk updates here on the W5K website. Have fun putting that “wiggle” in your walk!

Rules: The event takes place rain or shine. We ask that there are no headphones, skates, strollers or bikes on the course. We also do not allow dogs or pets of any kind. It will be too crowded and we want all participants to have a positive and safe experience. We do have assigned lead bikers for the 5K Run and Competitive Walk. Thank you for being mindful of the other participants and respect of the race personnel to ensure a safe and enjoyable race for everyone.

Awards: Top 10 awards will be based on gun time. Age group awards will be based on tag time. Decisions of race officials are final. Awards will not be duplicated. Please visit this page for listing of awards for which all runners are eligible.

Team Competition: All teams will be eligible for team awards. Our timing source will calculate finish times and the average of the 5 fastest racers will generate a time. The best time will designate our first, second, and third place teams.

Team Spirit Award: Is your team loud and proud to show it?! Are you a big or small group that SHOUTS spirit?! We are recognizing the team that shows the MOST spirit at our event! We challenge you to BE that team!!!


Race Walking is a progression of steps so taken that the walker makes contact with the ground so that no visible (to the human eye) loss of contact occurs. The advancing leg must be straightened (i.e., not bent at the knee) from the moment of first contact with the ground until the leg is in the vertical upright position.

1. One foot must maintain contact with the ground at all times.
2. Lead leg must be straight.

1. Maintain an upright posture.
2. Hold elbows at 90 degrees and really pump your arms.
3. Take shorter steps.
4. Roll through the bottom of your foot and push off your toes. Think heel to toe.

Disqualification Policy and Procedure:
1. Disqualification occurs when Course Official deems your technique does not conform to the Competitive Walk guidelines.
2. If a participant race number is listed on three (3) Course Officials clipboards that participant will be disqualified from the Competitive Walk.
3. Course Officials shall have the authority to disqualify any participant pending notification of W5K Awards Committee.

If disqualified, it means you will not be eligible for an award or listed in race results. You will be allowed to finish the race and get all the goodies that everyone else receives after the race. You may not know you have been disqualified until after the race is over. Every effort will be made to notify participant of a disqualification.

All decisions by the Course Officials & W5K Awards Committee are final.

Additional Resources:
Racewalk.com – Information on training, technique and more.

Women’s 5K Classic Competitive Walk Workshop

  • No fee or registration required.
  • 6 pm TO 7 pm (rain or shine) – Little Lehigh Parkway by the Pedestrian Bridge

Workshop Includes: Competitive Walk and Guidelines, Dynamic Warm Up, Cool Down and Stretch, Form Review, Question and Answer Time.