Annual Race Walk Camp Attracts Top Talent to Imperial Beach, CA


The NARI (North American Race Walking Institute) Winter Race Walk Camp once again will be hosting the top talent from the US in the Junior (Under 20) and Collegiate ranks. Scheduled for December 26 – January 2, the camp will provide expert coaching from Olympians Tim & Rachel Seaman, along with Tish Hanna and Diane Graham-Henry.

Athletes will participate in twice daily training sessions along with video analysis of their walking mechanics to correct any potential technique flaws. There will also be a chance to race at either 5km or 10km at the end of the camp. This will serve as an opportunity to test the lessons learned in the camp, as well as to qualify for national championship competitions to be held later in the year.

Scheduled to attend are 13 US athletes, along with 1 from Mexico and 1 from Finland. The camp roster is included below.

US athletes – (Best 2016 performance)

Giovanni Cisneros (US #13 – HS 3000m)
Stevie Berry (US #2 – HS 3000m, US #6 – HS 10000m)
Nayeli Cisneros (US #7 – HS 3000m, US #5 – HS 10000m)
Camila Vicens (US #4 – HS 3000m)
Rithika Vatturi (US #21 – HS 3000m)
Sydney Sirois (US #16 – HS 5000m)
Alex Osterloh (3rd Hershey Youth Outdoor Champs)

Anali Cisneros (US #1 – Jr 10000m, US Jr Record)
Alex Bellevance (US #3 – Jr 10000m)

Emmanuel Corvera (US #4 – Open 20km)
Anthony Peters (US #6 – Open 20km)
Doug Hutcherson (US #18 – Open 20km)

Foreign athletes – (Best 2016 performance)

Miriam Andablo (Mex) (6th Penn Relays 5000m)
Taika Nummi (Fin) (5th IAAF World Team Champs, 6th IAAF U20 Champs)

For further information, contact:
Diane Graham-Henry, 773-320-6888,
Rachel Seaman, 619-942-0577,

The North American Racewalking Institute (NARI),, established by Elaine P. Ward in 1992 as a subsidiary of her North American Racewalking Foundation (NARF, established in 1986), is a 501.c3 non-profit, tax-exempt, philanthropic organization dedicated to assisting college age and younger elite racewalkers in their quest for national and international prominence in racewalking. NARI’s funds, used for this purpose, are generated solely through tax-deductible donations from individuals, groups, corporations, trusts, endowments, and other such entities whose common goal is to assist in the development of a strong North American, US only at this time, contingent of junior and open elite athletes who are training for their respective national teams, Olympic Trials, and Olympic Games.

NARI was instrumental in funding the ARCO Olympic Training Center for racewalkers in Chula Vista, CA, in the 1990’s including subsidizing the salary for the racewalk coach and travel-training expenses of some of the Olympic athletes in the Sydney Games. NARI has an 18-year history of financially supporting elite racewalking athletes from youth through juniors to collegiate and some post collegiate athletes.


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