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STAN CHRAMINSKI
Seatle, WA
Year of Birth: 1947

Stan ChraminskiAt the age of 40 Stan Chraminski found himself with knees damaged from years of running. He knew some racewalkers but wondered about the fitness benefits of racewalking compared to running.

“I wanted a chance to continue competing while keeping fit and saving my knees,” Chraminski said. He paid a friend for a one-hour lesson and soon found the benefits of racewalking were comparable to running without the pounding on his knees.

Chraminski said he has maintained the same weight for the past 30 years and weighs less than he did in high school. He trains every day and uses a treadmill when the weather is bad.

“I cross train with rowing and weights and core exercises,” he said. “I still run once in a while when my knees feel okay. I average about 40 miles a week. I have some minor foot issues that limit my long walks to 10 miles.” Before the foot tendonitis was a problem, Chraminski racewalked marathons and 50Ks. He said his hamstrings act up once in a while but heal quickly.

Chraminski won racewalking age-group national masters races five times and still holds track age-group records in the 30K and 50K racewalk he set in his 40s."

“Concentrate on legal form before speed,” he counseled beginners. “That way you’ll have the option to race if you enjoy it. The fitness benefits will be there while you build speed and endurance.”

 

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