NARI's Programs

The Elaine P. Ward Youth Development Fund assets are used for assisting youth race walkers not yet enrolled in college. These awards were originally established in 1992 and were renamed in honor of Elaine Ward in 2009. This fund has provided fincancial support for a wide range of activities. In the last year alone it has provided:

Financial Assistance

for the Winter Camp in San Diego.

Financial Assistance

for the New Balance One Mile Outdoor meet for travel expenses for some participants.

Financial Assistance

for the New York and Boston One Mile meet for travel expenses for some participants.

Financial Assistance

for the Junior National Trip travel expenses for some participants.

Financial Assistance

for the Flyer and books for coaches.

Financial Assistance

for the Lactic acid testing for Elite racewalkers.

Many Special Donations

made for certain racewalkers for them to attend many of the youth racewalk events throughout the country

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The Al Heppner Memorial Scholarship Fund, established in 2004, is dedicated to assisting upper class university or college students who have demonstrated significant promise as elite walkers who clearly have the potential to make the Olympic Trials and quite possibly the Olympics.  Collegiate athletes have been funded at $2,500 each since 2004. 

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The National Junior Elite Racewalk Endowment Fund (NJEREF), donated to NARI in 2007, will hopefully reach the one million dollars or greater endowment level. This endowment will be used to assist junior age, 14-19, elite race walkers as they progress toward international prominence. The endowment funds are gifts that keep on giving since the principal is never touched and only the interest may be used to fund deserving athletes. This is a new fund and as such no distributions have been made yet.

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The Olympic Games Training Fund was creasted since the 2016 Olympics is rapidly approaching, NARI is now offering one additional donation option, specifically to assist athletes currently in training for the 2016 Olympic race walk competitions in 20k and/or 50k. Donations earmarked for the new Olympic Games Training Fund will be used solely to assist our best prospects. As such, NARI expects applicants will have demonstrated times that approach the IAAF 'B' standard for their event. Since the fund is brand new it is currently unfunded, and hopefully will be supported by donations.  Providing assistance for travel to international meets, high altitude training sites, or assistance needed for a long-range training program will be a priority for funding when monies are available. This is a new fund and as such no distributions have been made yet.

A race walker meeting our standards may receive assistance from this fund.

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Through a youth development grant funded by USATF NARI is pleased to be working with the South Texas Walking Club and AC Jaime to be participating in a outreach program to America's potential youth race walkers. Together we've developed the 2nd Edition of Racewalking, Fun! Please feel free to download a copy of the pdf version of our second edition. Help spread the word. You may freely distribute an unmodified version of this book as long as you site racewalk.com, NARI and especially USATF as the source.


Athletes may apply for grants to support their training and quest to stand on the podium at the Olympics. Learn more by reading about our criteria for grants.