• Each advancing foot-strike must be heel-to-toe at all times. Striking with the toe or ball of the advancing foot is considered running, and may result in a red card issued by a judge or monitor. Continued violation can result in disqualification. 
  • Creeping, where the advancing leg is stretched forward beyond a normal walk form, and the knee is bent into a running form, may result in a red card issued by a judge or monitor. Continued violation can result in disqualification.
  • A slightly bent knee is the accepted form; however, a bent knee in a running or jogging form may result in a red card issued by a judge or monitor. Continued violation can result in disqualification.
  • Running or jogging mode is forbidden, and may result in a red card issued by a judge or monitor. Continued violation can result in disqualification.
  • Any violation of the above rules in the last 100 meters, as determined by a single judge or monitor, is cause for immediate disqualification.
  • The advancing leg as it moves forward, and when the heel strikes the ground, does not have to be completely locked as it passes under the body, as it does in Race Walking. A soft knee is acceptable; however, an overly-excessive bent knee that is deemed to be in a creeping or running shuffle is not acceptable, and may result in a red card issued by a judge or monitor. Continued violation can result in disqualification.
  • Unsportsmanlike conduct can result in disqualification by the judges, monitors or race official.
  • People requiring a cane as an aid will be allowed to compete, but walking sticks or walkers are not allowed.
  • Disqualification will result when an athlete is judged to be in violation of the above rules in three separate instances by three separate officials or monitors, or by the race director, during the course of the competition.
  • Each athlete is responsible for counting his or her own laps, even if lap counters are provided.
  • Rules are strictly enforced to maintain the integrity of the sport. ​​

Athlete Rules and Regulations

Just like Race Walking, Power Walking is a monitored event in which an athlete can be disqualified. Power Walking, while very similar to Race Walking, does not have the same technical requirements. The National Senior Games Association Power Walking rules are:

  • One foot must be on the ground at all times. Loss of contact with the ground may result in a red card issued by a judge or monitor. Continued violation can result in disqualification.

United States Power Walking Association