Fastest 1/4 Mile Racewalk Accompanied By A Dog With A Swahili Name

United States Art Hoffman

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Louisville, Kentucky, United States / October 26, 2009

Art Hoffman completed a 1/4 mile racewalk with his dog Chenji in two minutes, 17.08 seconds. Chenji is a Swahilian name.

- must adhere to rules of racewalking
- must be attempted on a flat surface
- must only be attempted when temperature is moderate and traffic is light
- dog can have any Swahilian name


Tags: speeddistancefootlegphysicalwalkingdogPets and Animalspetracewalk

  • United States Dave McGovern

    Dave McGovern

    Fail! You're not racewalking, Art!

    Dave McGovern 7x Olympic Racewalk Trials Competitor

  • Oooh, I hate to take Art's record from him, but, as a former nationally ranked Jr. Olympic racewalker -- not a fact I advertise all too frequently -- who has had her own issues with being disqualified for improper form, I know that in a real racewalking race he'd be disqualified for breaking both of the rules of racewalking: 1) he's lifting (meaning he doesn't have one foot on the ground at all times) and 2) his knee on his weighted leg isn't straight as his body weight passes over it. I don't think I'd deny the submission though, because Art is booking for 400 meters accompanied by a dog with a Swahili name. Ad that is something to be recognized and celebrated.

  • Canada Dan Rollman

    Dan Rollman

    Dina, is it fair to say this isn't racewalking? Should we change the category from Racewalk to Jog, or flat out deny the submission?

  • What's Chenji mean in Swahili? Lifting? Bent knee? You're certainly doing both the whole 400 meters. And you're just plain jogging the second half. Despite Chenji's cuteness, I doubt you'd make it past any racewalking judges.

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