Welcome to the Racewalk.com's photo story coverage of the 2004 15K Nationals. (Click on the images below to see larger photographs of each thumbnail.) A beautiful day for watching and picture taking the sunny Rhode Island course proved to be a bit warm for the walkers. Starting just past 10:30 AM after the Lincoln Park 5K runs, the 15K National race walk got underway. This years event started a little differently than most 15K with many of the top women in the race intending to extend the race to 20K in hopes of acheiving either an Olympic A Standard of 1:33:30 or the U.S. Olympic Trials standard of 1:48.
With both then men and women starting together, the beginning of the race was a sea of race walking bodies. Training partners three-time Olympian Curt Clausen and Olympic A-Stardard Qualifier John Nunn, took out the pace right from the gun. The were followed closely by the women attempting an A Standard Teresa Vail, Michelle Rohl, Amber Antonia, and Joanne Dow (already has the standard) followed out at a quick pace.