The Race Walk Committee is on the go! We actively are working on the work—the vision, mission, and goals! 

USATF Georgia Race Walk Committee

Goal Statements

  1. The USATF Georgia Race Walk Committee will promote, increase and maintain the race walk, the number of race walkers (and therefore the USATF memberships), race walking opportunities, and race walk participation each year by at least 10%.
  2. The USATF Georgia Race Walk Committee will increase the exposure to race walk and training and education of athletes, coaches, officials, and other potential race walkers each year by a minimum of 10%.
  3. The USATF Georgia Race Walk Committee will increase race walk connections between…
    • schools and race walkers;
    • other Associations;
    • local and Association sports and administrative committees;
    • collegiate race walking programs;
    • the community; and
    • The High Performance and Athletes Advisory Committees working towards Talent ID and Team USA possibilities.
See this link for complete list of Race Walk Committee Goals.

Executive Committee

Kellie Crawford

Michelle Haffner
Vice Chair

Peggy Z. Curtis

Committee Members

  • Alan Moore (Atlanta Track Club, Masters Race Walker)
  • Arlena Epps (USATF-GA Secretary, USATF-GA Race Walk Committee's ad hoc Marketing/Sponsorship Committee)
  • Joel Dubow (Atlanta Track Club, Masters Race Walker, 2014 USATF National Race Walk Age Group Athlete of the Year)
  • Janelle Branch (NAIA All American Race Walker - all four years at Cornerstone University. 2012 NAIA Dr. LeRoy Walker Champions of Character Award recipient, USATF-GA race walk mentor)
  • Jean Williams (USATF-GA Race Walk Committee: Communications/Social Media Coordinator, Project Consultant/Liaison/Coordinator, Former Chair, Vice-Chair & Secretary, Former USATF-GA Secretary, Parent of a race walk All-American Alumnus)
  • Jordan Crawford (Junior & Collegiate Race Walker - Missouri Baptist University, Race Walk Official, 3-Time USATF National Race Walk Committee Honor Roll Recipient, holds most of the Georgia High School Race Walk Records-only ranked Georgia HS race walker for 2018, NAIA All American, Pan Am Race Walk Cup Trial Winner, Race Walk Coach & Mentor-Legacy Athletics)
  • Katie Haffner (USATF & AAU Junior Olympic All-American, Youth Representative on USATF-GA Race Walk Committee, Youth Mentor)
  • Kellie Crawford (Masters Athlete, USATF-GA Race Walk Committee Chair, Former USATF-GA Budget & Finance Committee Chair, Former USATF-GA Treasurer, Parent of 1 race walker and 1 former race walker, Track Team Administrator)
  • K.J. McRae (Open Race Walker, Former USATF Youth Junior Olympic All-American)
  • Larry Wood (Atlanta Track Club Liason, Masters Race Walker)
  • Michelle Haffner (USATF-GA Race Walk Committee: Vice Chair & Race Walk Officials' Co-Coordinator) Level 1 Coach, Race Walk Coach - Blue Lightning Track Club, USATF Race Walk Official
  • Peggy Curtis (USATF-GA Race Walk Committee Secretary, USATF Race Walk Official, Parent of 2 Race Walkers, Track Team Administrator)
  • Robert Fowler (Atlanta Track Club, Masters Race Walker, Race Walk Mentor
  • Susie Sleight (Track Team Administrator, Parent of a Race Walker)
  • Trenice Mullis-Dubow (Atlanta Track Club, Masters Race Walker)

Committee Resources

  • Cindy Slayton (USATF-GA Officials Chair, Official)
  • Dave McGovern (Former Head Coach/Team Coach/Manager of World Cup of Race Walking's Team USA-, Author, Clinician, Lecturer, Organizer, Race Walk representative on various national committees, Researcher, Elite athlete, Writer)
  • Dexter McCloud (USATF-GA Past President, Race Walk Official, Member of National Athletes Advisory Committee and National High Performance Committee, National Race Walk Diversity Committee)
  • Diane Graham-Henry (USATF National Race Walk Committee-Chair)
  • Gary Crawford (USATF-GA Crawford Advertising & Design, Certified Race Walk Official, USA-Canada Booster)
  • Gary Westerfield (USATF-New England, Officials' Resources)
  • Ian Whatley (USATF-SC, USATF Director of Racewalk Coaching Development, World Class Race Walker, Member of Team USA, 5-Time Olympian Trial participant, USATF Certified Race Walk Official & Coach, Author, Researcher)
  • Michael J. Roth (USATF-NC), Creator of, Race Walk Athlete, Race Walk Coach
  • Phil Ozell (USATF-GA Certification Chair)
  • Ron Larsen (USATF-FL, USATF Southeast Region Representative)
  • Steve Vaitones (USATF USA-Canada Junior Race Walk Match Coordinator)
  • Susan Heiser Whatley (USATF-SC Race Walk Chair, Race Walk Official, Race Walk Coach)
  • Trey Williams (Open Race Walker, Mentor, Coach)
  • Vaughn Williams (Retired Head & Race Walk Coach)
  • Vince Peters (USATF-OH, Miami Valley Race Walk Coach, USATF Past National Race Walk)


  • See Results page for details [Link]

Pit Lane

  • See Pit Lane page for details [Link]

Documents and Links

Race Walk Committee Meeting Minutes

  • [PDF] January 2019 (Agenda)
  • [PDF] July 2018
  • [PDF] April 2018
  • [PDF] October 2017

Race Walk Committee Quarterly Report

  • [PDF] October 2018

USATF Georgia Association - Annual Meeting / Other Meetings


  • [PDF] 2019 - Youth Winter Meeting


  • [PDF] 2018 - Race Walk Committee Minutes
  • [PDF] 2018 - Race Walk Committee Presentation
  • [PDF] 2018 - Race Walk Committee Agenda
  • [PDF] 2018 - Race Walk Committee Report


  • [PDF] 2017 - Race Walk Committee Minutes


  • [PDF] 2016 - Race Walk Committee Minutes
  • [PDF] 2016 - Race Walk Committee Presentation

NARI &'s Quick Guide to Race Walking

The North American Race Walking Institute (NARI) and have teamed up to produce the free " Quick Guide to Race Walking." In an attempt to grow our sport and provide information about how to race walk to the masses, this two-page full-color 11x17 tri-fold brouchure is a perfect introduction to race walking. It is an excerpt from Race Walk Clinic - in a Book, by Jeff Salvage and Tim Seaman.

2017 USATF Youth Race Walk Opportunities

4/1/2017 - USATF Georgia is Proud to partner with TrackLab to bring you a series of developmental meets for the 2017 Track and Field outdoor season. [ link]

Date Event Information
February 12 USATF South Zone Indoor Championship
(1500m/3000m RW)
JDL, Winston-Salem, NC
March 3-5 USATF Indoor Championship
(2 Mile – Juniors who meet standards)
Albuquerque, NM
March 10-12 USATF Hershey Indoor Nationals
(3000m RW)
Ocean Breeze, Staten Island, NY
March 19 USATF Southeast 5K/10K RW Championship
State Mutual Stadium - home of the Rome Braves
Heritage Park Trail, Rome, GA
March 19 USATF-GA/SC 1K/2K/3K/5K/10K RW Invitational
State Mutual Stadium - home of the Rome Braves
Heritage Park Trail, Rome, GA
May 19 USATF-GA Meet of Champions / Dream Mile
(All Ages - Mile RW)
Marietta HS, Marietta, GA
June 4 USATF Georgia Association Open/Masters Outdoor Track & Field Championships
Junior, Open, Masters 1500m/3000m
Lakewood Stadium, Atlanta, GA
June 22-25 USATF Georgia Association Junior Olympic Outdoor Track & Field Championships
Carrollton High School, Carrollton, GA
June 22-25 USATF Outdoor Jr Championship
(10km RW on 6/22-must meet standard)
Sacramento, CA
July 6-9 USATF Region 4 Junior Olympic Outdoor Track & Field Championships
U North Florida, Jacksonville, FL
July 10-11 USATF National Club T&F Championship
Location: TBA
July 24-30 USATF National Junior Olympic Outdoor Track & Field Championships
Rock Chalk Park, Lawrence, KS
August 20 USA-Canada Junior Race Walk Match
(5K &10K)
State Mutual Stadium - home of the Rome Braves
Heritage Park Trail, Rome, GA
August 20 USATF-GA Race Walk Invite
State Mutual Stadium - home of the Rome Braves
Heritage Park Trail, Rome, GA
October 1 USATF Southeast 5K/10K RW Championship
Metro Atlanta Track TBA
October 1 USATF-GA Mach 2 800m, 1500m, 3K/5K RW Invite
Metro Atlanta Track TBA
October 22 USATF SE Region/SC/Georgia/NC 1 Hour Postal Race Walk
(All ages)
Furman University, Greenville, SC
November 12 USATF Southeast 5K/10K/15K RW Championship
Douglasville, GA
November 12 USATF-GA Mach 2 800m, 1500m, 3K/5K/1 RW Invite
Douglasville, GA
Other Youth Race Walk Opportunities include, but are not limited to, the following known events
February 11 Millrose Games (1 Mile RW)
The Armory, New York, NY
February 12 TFCUSA National Championship
Birmingham Crossplex
March 10-12 AAU Indoor National Championship
PG Complex, Landover, MD
March 11 New Balance Nationals Indoor Championship
(1600m RW-HS)
The Armory, New York, NY
March 12 1st Annual First The Finish Youth T&F Meet
(1600m RW)
Anderson Park, Atlanta, GA
April 2 Pan Am Cup USA Race Walk Team USA Trials
(20U 5k/10K & 11-16yr 5K RW exhibition)
Philadelphia, PA
April 8 TheLab Series (1500m)
Metro Atlanta Location TBA
April 15 Savannah Silver Cheetah Invitational
(1500m/3000m RW)
Savannah State, Savannah, GA
April 22 Dream Chasers Elite Invitational
Jackets Nest, Thomasville, GA
April 27-29 Penn Relays Carnival
U of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
April 29 TheLab Series (1500m RW)
Discovery HS, Lawrenceville, GA
May 6 TheLab Series (1500m RW)
Discovery HS, Lawrenceville, GA
May 13 Atlanta All Heart TC Invite
(1500m/3000m RW)
Drew HS, Riverdale, GA
May 27-28 11th Annual Mark Trail Memorial Day Meet
Westlake HS, Atlanta, GA
June TBA AAU Georgia District Junior Olympic Championship
Location TBA
June 16 New Balance Nationals Outdoor Championship
(3000m RW-HS)
NC A&T, Greensboro, NC
June 29-July 2 AAU Region 8 Junior Olympic Qualifier & Championship
Eastside HS, Taylors, SC
July 10-15 AAU Club Nationals
Kissimmee, FL
July 16th? Georgia Games
(1500m, 3000m)
Location TBA (Marietta HS?)
July 26-Aug 5 AAU Junior Olympic Games
Detroit, MI
October 14 Athletes helping Athletes
(5K Race Walk)
Kennesaw, GA
October 21 Douglasville Moonlight Run 5K
Douglasville, GA
October 29 Dia de Muertos / Day of the Dead Celebration
Atlanta History Center
Atlanta, Georgia