Subcategories

Types of Walks

These are some different types of walks you will see referred to throughout the walking community.

Racewalking

A long-distance athletic event. Although it is a foot race, it is different from running in that one foot must appear to be in contact with the ground at all times.

Fitwalking

The act of walking with a speed at the upper end of the natural range for the walking gait, typically 7 to 9 km/h (4.5 to 5.5 mph), and is a non-competitive sport.

Power/Speed Walking

Speed walking is the act of walking with a speed at the upper end of the natural range for walking gait, typically 7 to 9 km/h (4.5 to 5.5 mph). To qualify as power walking as opposed to jogging or running, at least one foot must be in contact with the ground at all times (see walking for a formal definition).

Hand walking

An unusual form of locomotion, in which the walker moves primarily using their hands.

Walking with one or two walking stick(s)/trekking poles

Reduces the load on one or both legs, or supplementing the body's normal balancing mechanisms by also pushing against the ground through at least one arm that holds a long object).

Walking while holding on to a walker

A framework to aid with balance.

Scrambling

Using the arms (and hands or some other extension to the arms) not just as a backup to normal balance, but, as when walking on talus, to achieve states of balance that would be impossible or unstable when supported solely by the legs.

Nordic walking

Walking with ski poles in both hands.

Racewalking Olympic Distances

20 km (12.4 mi) race walk (men and women)

50 km (31 mi) race walk (men only)