2016 U.S. Olympic Trials 50K Race Walk
Another Olympic team invitation was passed out in Southern California.
One week after the U.S. Olympic Trials Marathon in Los Angeles, another Olympic team berth was at stake in Southern California, this time at the U.S. Olympic Trials 50K Race Walk in Santee, Calif., on Sunday. Race walking is an endurance sport that differs from running in that one foot must appear to be in contact with the ground at all times.
In the end, John Nunn made his third Olympic team by winning the event in 4:03:21—race walking roughly 31 miles at 7:49 mile pace. Nick Christie finished second and Michael Mannozzi third, but both have yet to hit the Olympic standard time and will have until May 8 to make the mark.
The USATF Women’s 50K Race Walk Championships also took place in Santee on Sunday, though no Olympic berths were at stake since the 2016 Olympics do not have a women’s 50K. Erin Taylor-Talcott blew away the field Sunday, winning the national championship by more than 30 minutes in a time of 4:44:26.
Here are photos from the race, taken by Ryan Bethke: