Lack of respect? Race walking relegated to the parking lot

Updated: July 6, 2008, 6:17 PM ET
By Jim Caple | ESPN.com

EUGENE, Ore. -- My friend bet me dinner that I couldn't write a column about the 20K Race Walk without a reference to "March of the Penguins."

I lose.

Race walking doesn't get much respect.

While the rest of the U.S. Track and Field Trials are being held in historic Hayward Field in front of 20,000 screaming fans each day, the race walk was held at 7 a.m. on Saturday, on a road across from the Autzen Stadium parking lot. There were less than 500 spectators, some of whom were ...

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