Dave McGovern

Dave McGovern

Racewalking/Power Walking Coach

Dave McGovern is America's foremost walking coach and clinician. A 30-year veteran of the US National Racewalk Team with a master's degree in sport science/sports medicine from the United States Sports Academy, Dave has conducted up to 20 clinics and camps per year throughout North America as well as Europe, and South and Equatorial Africa, since 1991. Many of Dave's clinic alumni have lost weight, bounced back from heart disease and diabetes, and completed marathons, while others have won national championships, set age-group world records, and even made Olympic teams!

During his nearly 40-year competitive career Dave won 15 U.S. national championships and walked 20 kilometers (12.4 miles--one of the two Olympic distances for men) in 1:24:29--a 6:48 per-mile pace--which ranks him as the fastest American ever to not make an Olympic team. (Onward to 2024!) Dave represented the US on 20 international teams, including seven World Cup and six Pan Am Cup teams, and he is the only track and field athlete in US history to qualify for nine consecutive US Olympic Trials! Still competing at a high level at the age of 55, Dave won the 2016 USA Track and Field 10-kilometer Racewalk Championship, and placed 9th at the 2020 US Olympic Trials in the 50k racewalk.

As a private coach, Dave has guided over a dozen athletes all the way to the US Olympic Team Trials, starting with many from their first steps as racewalkers. Dave has also coached the national team of Ghana, West Africa, was the junior coach for the U.S. team at the 2008 World Cup of Race Walking in Cheboksary, Russia, and the Head Coach for Team USA at the 2012 World Cup in Saransk, Russia. Dave was for twelve years the National Coach for the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation's "Team Challenge" half-marathon team, and was Head Coach of the Newman's Own Foundation's "Team Serioüs Fun half-marathon team.

Dave was a long-time writer for Walking Magazine and Walk! Magazine, and is the author of The Complete Guide to Competitive Walking, The Complete Guide to Marathon Walking, The Complete Guide to Racewalking Technique and Training and Precision Walking--all while helping to raise four great kids, aged 5 to 14, with his wife, Loretta, herself a two-time US champion and two-time Olympic Trials qualifier.

Download CV Athletic Resume


International Teams for Team USA


National Championships


Consecutive US Olympic Trials


km in 1:24:29

My Approach

There is no substitute for in-person hands-on assistance from an experienced coach! At clinics, I provide individual instruction and reinforcement of racewalking and power walking techniques that can dramatically improve your style and improve your ability to train effectively. We also have fun!

I believe efficient technique is the #1 shortcut to faster walking, but I also stress nutrition, hydration, stretching and strengthening, and of course a varied training schedule to improve both top-end speed, and endurance. My World Class Racewalking clinics are extremely motivating and alumni have gone on to set youth, junior, open, and masters records, and many have gone on to make international teams, including the World Championships and Olympic Games! Whatever your goals, I can help you to achieve, and even surpass them!

Dave McGovern, World Class Racewalking/Power Walking Clinic

Dave's Books & Blog

Dave's "One More Try" Blog

"One More Try" follows Dave in his unprecedented quest to qualify for a 10th US Olympic Track & Field Trials in 2024.

The Complete Guide to Competitive Walking: Racewalking, Power Walking, Nordic Walking, and More!

Coach Dave's latest release! EVERYTHING you could possibly want to know about competitive walking, from history, tchnique, training--inluding nearly 70 different training schedules--nutrition and racing strategies.

The Complete Guide to Marathon Walking

Everything you need to successfully walk a marathon: History, technique, physiology and training!

Dave McGovern

Dave McGovern

Press, Podcasts, Videos, Articles

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