17th Annual New Albany Walking Classic
Sunday, September 19, 2021
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!
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 between August 23, 2021 and September 3, 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.
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 overall reward.
The competitor division will be limited to the first 250 participants.
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 for in-person participants will be held at the Philip Heit Center for Healthy New Albany, 150 West Main St, New Albany, Ohio 43054
Packet pick-up for dates and times for in-person participants 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.
Packets for virtual walkers will be shipped and not available for in-person pick up.
Overall awards will be given to the top 5 female and male finishers. To be eligible for a top five 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).
Only those who sign up as a Competitor will be eligible for an award.
This Year's Giveaways
Below are a few hotel options near our event in New Albany:
5111 Forest Dr.
New Albany, OH 43054
5220 Forest Dr.
New Albany, OH 43054
4976 E. Dublin Granville Rd.
Westerville, OH 43081
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.