TransWalk Anti-Doping Policy
Rules and Guidelines
The Transcontinental Walking Association (TransWalk) was founded
on January 1, 2011. The TransWalk headquarters is in Salt Lake City,
Utah. Its mission is to support, promote and register transcontinental
walks. Provide uniform rules governing the sport. Promote Tourism
and Commerce through walking events. Provide fund raising opportunities
to charities, foundations and humanitarian causes. Promote walking,
walking clubs as a healthy form of exercise.
On January 1, 2011, the document fulfilling the creation of the
Transcontinental Walking Association was executed. Matthew Livermanne
was elected President. The task of founding the Transcontinental
Walking Association was given to Matthew Livermanne, a sportsman
of merit and Transcontinental Walker. The other delegates included
Matthew Soren and Cory Soren.
Throughout the early years, transcontinental walks sprung up all
over Europe and North America. These walks suffered various fates,
some succumbing to the Second World War, and others falling victim
to commercial and residential expansion.
As a mainstay of Transcontinental Walks, routes are now constructed
every year at new sites. Currently there are 2 official routes used
for TransWalk competitions in the United States. A route from the
New York City Hall to Los Angeles City Hall, as well as Baltimore
to Sacramento Route will be announced in 2011. The United States
of America will be the site of TransWalk competitions for the 2011
season. Qualifying events will be held in Utah for the 2011 season.
TransWalk conducts competitions in five disciplines: the 45 mile
walk, 60 mile walk, 120 mile walk, 300 mile walk and 3000 mile walk.
The Congress is the highest authority of the Transcontinental Walking
Association. The Congress elects an Executive Committee that is
responsible for governing the Association. The Executive Committee
consists of the President and Vice Presidents overseeing the following
* Corporate and Financial Affairs
* International Affairs
* Marketing and Events
* Legal Affairs
The Secretary General is a non-voting member of The Executive Committee.
The Transcontinental Walking Association (TransWalk) was founded
on January 01, 2011 by representatives of the United States, meeting
in a congress held in Salt Lake City, Utah.
The Transcontinental Walking Association (TransWalk) is an international
non-governmental organization. It is made up of National Federation
Members, Associate Members, and Honorary Members. National Federation
members must be recognized by the TransWalk committee in that country.
The right to vote at TransWalk Congresses is based on the level
of participation in TransWalk competitions. The TransWalk headquarters
is in Salt Lake City, Utah.
The TransWalk Medical Committee has several tasks:
* To manage the TransWalk Anti-doping program
* To collect and interpret injury and illness statistics
* To advise TransWalk on medical and anti-doping matters
MEDICAL SERVICE ON THE ROUTE
Prior to any competition, training or official event the participating
athlete must have a Physical Certification provided to TransWalk.
Must be under the supervision of a Doctor and have a medical specialist
with knowledge of emergency medical aid on the crew.
The Athlete shall be attentive to this regulation, as the Athlete
is responsible for compliance with these requirements.
The TransWalk Medical Committee decides on any possible exceptions
to the above. The President must be informed of these exceptions
prior to the start of the official event or training.
Tasks of the Event Doctor:
* He is responsible for the first medical aid for injuries and
illnesses of the athlete.
* He directs the transport of injured or ill athletes for further
The Event Doctor must complete an Injury Registration Document
after every examination of an athlete. At the end of the competition,
all of these documents must be sealed in an envelope and given by
mail to the Chairman of the TransWalk Medical Committee.
After every event, the athlete must present himself to the Event
Doctor for an examination in order to obtain authorization to participate
further in training or in the event. If the Event Doctor suspects
an injury, he is entitled to prohibit the athlete concerned from
further participation. In these cases, the Doctor must immediately
inform the President of TransWalk Medical Committee of the athlete’s
inability to continue to participate in the competition, and the
athlete is accordingly officially removed from the competition.
If an athlete is removed from the competition due to an injury,
the Event Doctor must complete the List of Athletes Removed from
the Competition Due to Serious Injury forward the document to the
Chairman of the FIBT Medical Committee.
Team Doctor or Medical Specialist:
In cases of injury, the team doctor or medical specialist decides
on the exclusion of the athlete concerned from the competition.
If a nation does not have its own team doctor, the Event Doctor
Athlete Injury and Illness Registration
As stated in the TransWalk rules, all TransWalk events must have
a qualified medical doctor or medical specialist present at training
and competition events
To aid the Medical Committee in collecting data, all TransWalk Event
Athletes are obliged to ensure that the Event Doctor has completed
a TransWalk Injury Registration Document for each injured athlete
and that have been sent by email to the President of the TransWalk
Medical Committee immediately after the event.
At the TransWalk Congress held on January 1, 2011 in Salt Lake
City, Utah the Transcontinental Walking Association accepted the
World Anti-Doping Code (the "Code"). These Anti-Doping
Regulations are adopted and implemented in conformance with TransWalk’s
responsibilities under the Code, and are in furtherance of TransWalk
continuing efforts to eradicate doping in the sport of transcontinental
walks or long distance walks. The use of doping substances or doping
methods to enhance performance is fundamentally wrong and is detrimental
to the overall impact of sport. Drug misuse can be harmful to an
athlete’s health. Doping damages the integrity, image and
value of our sport.
Athletes participating in TransWalk events must accept the Transcontinental
Walking Association’s Anti-Doping Regulations as a condition
of participation. TransWalk adopted new regulations that came into
effect starting January 1, 2011.
What is WADA?
The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) was created in 1999 and is
an international independent organization whose goal is to promote,
coordinate, and monitor the fight against doping in sport internationally
in all its forms. WADA coordinated the development and implementation
of the World Anti-Doping Code, harmonizing anti-doping policies
in all sports and all countries.
WADA Doping Quiz and Athlete Guides
WADA Doping Quiz English http://quiz.wada-ama.org/index.htm
WADA Athlete Guide –
TransWalk 2011 List of Prohibited Substances and Techniques
A list of prohibited substances is contained in the WADA 2010 Prohibited
All matters concerning TransWalk Anti-Doping should be sent to
the TransWalk Anti-Doping Officer, Medical Committee and in copy
to TransWalk General Secretary.
TransWalk 2011 List of Prohibited Substances and Techniques
A list of prohibited substances is contained in the
2011 Prohibited List
2011 Monitoring Program
2011 Summary of Modifications
2011 Explanatory Notes
All athletes are expected to register their Wherabouts. Failure
to do so will lead to a "strike", which is the equivalent
of a Missed Test. A Missed Test can occur when a doping control
is carried out but the athlete is not at the location he/she has
stated in their Whereabouts declaration. Once registered an athlete
is expected to keep their Whereabouts updated three months in advance.
Changes to plans must be made immediately by the athlete or his
agent to TransWalk Anti-Doping Officer, Medical Committee. The Athlete
has the final responsibility for ensuring that all Whereabouts details
If Whereabouts information on the register is incorrect, then a
Filing Error will be registered. A Filing Error will be treated
as a Missed Test. If an athlete has three (3) Missed Tests or Filing
Errors, or combinations of these, in the space of eighteen (18)
months, this will be considered as a doping violation.
Are You in the Registered Testing Pool?
From 01 January 2011 all athletes who are members of the TransWalk
Registered Testing Pool (RTP) will be obliged to register their
Whereabouts to the TransWalk Anti-Doping Officer, Medical Committee
For TransWalk Registered Testing Pool (RTP) for the 2010/2011 season
please click here (valid until 30 May 2011).
All athletes who are members of TransWalk's Registered Testing
Pool will be obliged to complete the Athlete Consent Document -
please print this document and sign it, the return to the TransWalk
Anti-doping Officer at the address below.
For athletes not in the Registered Testing Pool
If you are a TransWalk athlete but not a member of the TransWalk
Registered Testing Pool (a Non-RTP Athlete) then you must continue
to register your Whereabouts as you have been doing for the last
year. There are 4 quarterly dates by which athletes must have sent
their information to TransWalk Anti-Doping Officer, Medical Committee.
* For the period of July, August and September – information
must be sent no later than 30 June.
* For the period of October, November and December – information
must be sent no later than 15 September.
* For the period of January, February and March – information
must be sent no later than 15 December.
* For the period of April, May and June – information must
be sent no later than 15 March.
The One Hour Rule for RTP Athletes
It is difficult for athletes to stipulate where they will be at
Therefore TransWalk obliges all RTP Athletes to register not only
their general location whereabouts but also a specific address where
the athlete will be available for one hour every day. (Example:
It is acceptable to state that one will be in Salt Lake City, Utah
between the 10th and 15th of January, staying at the X Hotel between
06.00 and 08.30 and then training between 08.30 and 11.00 every
The athlete may choose whatever one hour period he/she desires
AS LONG AS IT IS BETWEEN 06.00 AND 11.00, however they must remain
at that location for the time period specified. If a doping control
team arrives to make a test in this One Hour Period, and the athlete
is not present, then a Missed Test will be registered. Accepting
this "One Hour Rule" will allow the athlete freedom to
train and conduct a normal lifestyle with a minimum of time restrictions.
This "One Hour Rule" is important and athletes must register
this information with the TransWalk Anti-Doping Officer, Medical
Committee Failure to do so will be registered as a Filing Error.
The One Hour Rule is not applicable to Non-RTP Athletes.
As mentioned above all RTP athletes must be registered with the
TransWalk Anti-Doping Officer, Medical Committee
To register, athletes must contact their national federation or
seek assistance from the
TransWalk Anti-Doping Officer, Medical Committee. Members of the
TransWalk Registered Testing Pool will be obliged to complete the
Athlete Consent Document - please print this document and sign it,
the return to: TransWalk Anti-Doping Officer, Medical Committee.
Transcontinental Walking Association Rules and Guidelines
* 45, 60, 120, 300 mile walk- Rules: To be accepted as a valid
qualifying event, each event must meet the following definitions:
1. A walk must be the full distance of the category event i.e.
45, 60, 120, 300 mile event. The distance is measured from point
A to B example: Salt Lake City Utah to Provo, Utah. For a non-certified
course to count, the race organization must make a good faith effort
to insure that the course is at least the distance. The event must
be announced as a TransWalk sanctioned qualifying event. The participant
must traverse the entire race course as defined by the organizers.
2. The event shall have an announced race director, race organization,
or walking club to supervise and take responsibility for the event,
and be available to certify the walker’s completion of the
distance. It must have had advanced publicity in a walking publication,
magazine, newspaper, or TransWalk.com website. Verifiable results
must be maintained and/or posted to the general public.
3. The event shall have a minimum of 1 walker and 1 finisher.
4. A Qualifying Walk shall be walked without interruption except
for natural events such as a thunderstorm. A walk temporarily interrupted
by a natural event can be counted if at least 45 miles has been
completed, and if it was allowed by the race director.
5. A stage or multi-day event will only count as one event.
6. Each member shall retain some information to substantiate each
event, such as: a finisher's certificate, published event results
(www.TransWalk.com, result card, result book, newspaper, etc.),
race bib number AND medal (both required for this option).
7. The Qualifying event must either start or finish in the state
being counted. A walk that has a route that runs into two states
cannot be counted as two states; it counts as one.
8. One must be a registered participant for the event to count.
There is a Registration Fee for each qualifying event. In some circumstances
the fee may be waived.
9. If a race does not allow an early start, the participant taking
an unofficial early start (not permitted or recognized by the race
director) may be disqualified by the race director and the race
can not be counted towards completion of the states.
12. To receive a complimentary finisher award, one must be a member
in good standing at the time of the completion of the states.
1. Transcontinental Walking Associations (TransWalk) sanctioned
walking events are counted towards completion of the circuit i.e.
45, 60, 120, 300 events to be eligible for a Transcontinental Walk.
2. If a member is allowed to start a race early, it is the responsibility
of the member to ensure that the race committee corrects that member's
3. Completion of the circuit will be accomplished when a member
has completed a walking event in each of the category i.e. 45, 60,
120, 300 mile event. A verification committee will decide if a finisher
has completed the circuit and a complimentary trophy will be ordered
and presented to the member. It is recommended that you notify Transcontinental
Walking Association (TransWalk.com) ahead of time so that your upcoming
finish can be listed on the schedule page and other finishing information
can be provided to you.
4. When a member has completed the circuit i.e. 45, 60, 120, 300
mile events, he/she needs to email or mail a list of the events
completed in each category including: the name of the race, the
location of the race, the date completed, and the finishing time
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5. Hard copy documentation of the completion of each circuit event
must be sent to the Verification Committee before a finish will
be “certified”. Please retain records as stated in rule
(6) above from each of the races and upon completion of the circuit,
submit a copy of at least one item of proof for each of the events.
Please read the rules carefully and submit any questions you may
have to the Verification committee. If there is a disagreement within
the committee, please notify the Board of Directors to help resolve
any issues. Certification is not required.
6. There is no time limit for completion of the circuit.
These are the rules of our organization and are subject to change
by the Board of Directors.
For clarification or explanation of any of the rules or examples,
please contact any of our board members via our contact
Revised and approved by the board of directors on 01/13/2011.
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