DIRECTORS: Kathy Frable  and Marianne Hamilton

ASSISTANTS: Norm Frable and Doug Hamilton

COVID19 POLICY: Please refer to our COVID19 policy by clicking here

FRIENDSHIP FESTIVAL:

In an effort to fulfill our mission of fostering worldwide peace, health and friendship, we are excited to announce, on our 35th anniversary, the Friendship Festival. We invite all athletes and their friends, volunteers, sponsors and community members to join us for six nights of food, fun, entertainment and friendship. The festival will provide flexibility for participants to attend at their convenience on any or all nights of what is sure to be a new favorite opportunity to connect with old friends and make new ones regardless of your sport.

EVENTS:
Power Walk - 1500M, 3000M and 5000M

SCHEDULE:     
Monday, Oct. 10 - 3000M Power Walk - 9:00 am
Tuesday, Oct. 11 - 1500M Power Walk - 9:00 am 
Wednesday, Oct. 12 - 5000M Power Walk - 9:00 am

VENUES: (Notice a New location)
1500M, 3000M Power Walk: Snow Canyon High School, 1385 North 2400 West, St. George
5000M Race Walk: 120 E 1670 S. St. George, Utah 84790 (behind the Dixie Convention Center)

DIVISIONS: 
5-Year Age Brackets - 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80-84, 85-89, 90-94, 95-99, 100+
Games officials reserve the right to cancel any event or combine age divisions due to insufficient entries.

SPORT FEE: 
$12 Per Event

REGISTRATION DEADLINE:
Early Bird Deadline (Save $20) – August 1
Final Registration Deadline – September 1

FORMAT/RULES:
• Age division for competition will be based on participant’s age on December 31, 2022.
• All Power Walking events will be conducted in accordance with USPWA rules. See Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/USPWA )for updates or for questions email: unitedstatespwa@gmail.com
• Participants must present their Huntsman World Senior Games ID Badge at the venue check-in desk one hour before the start of each race. 
• Athletes must not wear clothing that could impede the view of the judges (i.e., the knees and legs must be clearly visible at all times - so athletic shorts or tights must be worn). 
• Both a computerized and a back-up timing system will be used.
• Race numbers must be visible on both front and back. Power Walkers will have different color bib numbers. 
• Power Walking is a progression of walking steps heal to toe taken so the walker makes contact with the ground with no visible (to the human eye) loss of contact. The advancing leg can be bent as it passes under the body (run/shuffle is not legal). Judges will look for loss of road contact and run/shuffle so competitor can be disqualified if they receive three violations or warnings from three separate judges.
• Loss of road contact in a bent knee form is considered running, not Power Walking.
• No canes, walkers, headphones, cell phones or water bottles allowed during the event.
• Power Walk 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.
• One foot must be on the ground at all times. Loss of contact with the ground is forbidden.
• 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.
• Creeping, where the lead toe strikes prior to the heel and knee are bent into a running form is forbidden.
• A slightly bent knee is the accepted form but a bent knee in a running or jogging form is forbidden. Running or jogging mode is forbidden.
• Any violation in the last 100 meters as determined by a single judge is reason for immediate disqualification.
• The advancing leg as it moves forward (and when the heel strikes) the ground; it does not have to be completely locked as it passes under the body. Soft knee is acceptable however; over excessive bent knee is deemed to be in a creeping or running shuffle is not acceptable and subject to disqualification.
• Unsportsmanlike conduct can result in disqualification by the judges, monitors or race official.
• 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 race director during the course of the race competition.
• Check the Sports Lounge at the Dixie Center for possible clinics. 

MEDALS:
Gold, Silver and Bronze medals will be awarded to top three finishers in each event for each age division. Medals will be presented at the completion of each event.