Start and finish on Market Sq. and Market St. in New Albany, Ohio
USA Track & Field Certified 10k course
At this time, we are planning to host the 2021 New Albany Walking Classic in-person. If we have not received final approval from local government and health officials to host the event by June 19, 2021, all registrants will be transitioned at that time to a virtual event at no additional cost. No refunds will be provided if this happens. All participant giveaways will be mailed.
Virtual Walker Registration
Can't walk in person? Register as a virtual walker! As a virtual walker, you can walk the 10k distance (6.21 miles) at a venue of your choice. It can be in a park, on the streets in your neighborhood, on a treadmill or as a part of another race. You are required to complete the 10k distance by Walking Classic day, September 19, 2021. You can choose to walk your distance in segments. For example, you might complete the distance on two separate days. Although we cannot monitor whether you complete the 10k distance, we will rely on your honesty. Most important, get out and move! Those registering through ha company or organization team that supplements the entry fee are not eligible to participate as a virtual walker.
There are many benefits to participating in the Walking Classic as a virtual walker.
Your race garment and medal will be mailed to your home shortly after the Walking Classic (September 19, 2021) so you don't need to attend packet pickup.
100% of your race fee will be donated to our 501(c)(3) non-profit, Healthy New Albany, so you will be able to help our cause.
As a virtual walker, you will not be participating in the Walking Classic on race day in New Albany which means you will not worry about parking, crowds, weather, travel and bathroom stops.
In the spirit of transparency, there are some disadvantages to not participating in the Walking Classic in person. Virtual walkers will not be present at our finish line celebration featuring great vendors and food, miss out on the excitement and camaraderie on race day, and not be eligible to receive age group or overall awards.
As in previous years, we are offering a Competitor Division. Walkers who choose to sign up as a Competitor will receive special bib numbers and will be granted access toward the front of the starting line. To be considered a Competitor, you are seeking to vie for an age-group or overall award and/or you will average under 13.30 per mile. Those who do not intend to compete and are not interested in any age group awards are not required to sign up as competitors.
Corrals: To reduce congestion on our beautiful race course, corrals will be implemented again this year.
Packet Pick-Up: Facts to Know
There will be no packet pick-up on race day and packets will not be available after the Walk.
Packet pick-up is held at the Philip Heit Center for Healthy New Albany, 150 West Main St, New Albany, Ohio 43054
Packet pick-up dates and times are Friday, September 17, 2021 between 1:00-7:00 pm and Saturday, September 18, 2021 between 9:00 am - 3:00 pm.
A valid driver's license (copies are accepted) must be presented to receive your packet. If picking up for others, you must show a valid driver's license (or a copy) for each person. No exceptions.
The Walking Classic has a no refund and no bib transfer policy.
Awards & Age Group Awards
Overall awards will be given to the top 3 female and male finishers. To be eligible for a top three award, judged race-walking rules will be applied. The two rules used in a judged race-walk are The Straight Knee Rule (the advancing leg must be straightened from the moment of first contact with the ground until in the vertical position) and The Contact Rule (the walker makes contact with the ground so that no visible loss of contact occurs).
The top 3 female and male in each of the following age groups will receive awards after the results are validated. The age groups are: 19 and under, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70-79, 80 and above. Judged race-walking rules will be followed for age group awards. However, as a walking-only event, anyone who runs, whether a few steps or one minute will be disqualified.
Only those who sign up as a Competitor will be eligible for an age group award.
This Year's Giveaways
Details coming soon.
Details coming soon.
Training for 10k Distance
Click here to download the Walking Classic 10k training schedule.
You can also train year round with the New Albany Walking Club! Every Sunday morning, walkers from throughout central Ohio and beyond walk together regardless of one’s capabilities. Visit the Walking Club website for additional information and explore the many benefits of membership.