About Heartland Racewalkers

Contacts and Officers:

Heartland Racewalkers Officers 2020

HRW officers for 2020 are: President: Karen Swisher; Vice-President: Pat Durkin (replacing Charlotte Haupt), Secretary and Clinic Director: Sunday Cavallaro; Treasurer: Tom Oakes; Past President: Alan Poisner. Other Board Members: Photographer-Maggie McCoy, Janice Kelble, Leslie Brown. We thank them all for keeping HRW among the top racewalking clubs in U.S.

President Karen Swisher is starting her 3rd year as president and has excelled both as an award-winning athlete and as an outstanding leader of our club. After just three years of racewalking, Karen set a national record in the indoor 1-mile walk in the 65-69 division and broke her own record in 2019. She was selected as the national racewalker of the year in the 65-69 division in 2017 and has won many medals at National Senior Games and USATF championships. Karen has expanded our membership thorough her outreach to social media.

Pat Durkin returns as Vice-President and is starting her 7th year in racewalking. She is a great role model for our club with her many outdoor adventures. She also fills in frequently as leader of our stretching sessions and in providing technique instruction. She is valued as one of the "spark plugs" of HRW.

Secretary and Clinic Director Sunday Cavallaro joined Heartland Racewalkers in 2012 to learn the technique and to be surrounded by a supportive group of like-minded fun people. She enjoys racewalking both competitively and recreationally. Fitness wise, she also enjoys strength training and the outdoors. She has previously been a group fitness and Zumba instructor. Sunday also frequently acts as host at our annual meetings and other fun get-togethers. Her infectious smile and attitude are an inspiration for HRW.

Treasurer Tom Oakes is starting his 11th year as Treasurer and enjoys staying in shape by attending group walks. Tom takes care of our finances and is a long-time supporter. He is also part of our three amigos in the 85+ club, along with Fred Adams and Alan Poisner.

Photographer Maggie McCoy was drawn to HRW because she liked the idea of a sport that would be kind to one's joints. Coming to the HRW meetings has been even more wonderful because of the accomplished, interesting, supportive people in the group. She has now progressed to the stage of competing in regional and national racewalking events.

Past President Alan Poisner, a founding member of HRW, began racewalking in 1985. After serving for 20 year as President of HRW, he has continued to support racewalking locally and beyond. He loves to compete, coach and support racewalking. He has won many Gold Medals and set records at National Senior Games and USATF National Meets. He took Golds at the World Masters Games in 1999 and the World Masters Athletics Championships in 2011 and 2017. He was selected as the USATF National Masters Racewalker of the Year in the 75-79 division (2011) and in the 80-84 division (2015, 2017, 2019).

At Large Board members:

New At Large Board members Janice Kelble and Leslie Brown have been very active members this year and are very welcome additions to our walking family.

Website Maintenance/Stats: Karen Swisher/Alan Poisner