Birthday: November 10th, 1962
Current Residence : Colorado Springs, CO
High School: Shenendehowa HS
College: University of Colorado
20 km - 1:21:48
50 km - 4:10:46
1 mile - 5:33.53
Like many walkers of his era, Tim Lewis started race walking as part of the New York high school program. Originally a runner, Lewis saw a teammate race walking, thought it looked easy, and decided to give it a try. He spent nearly a year mastering the technique and another year competing before he was able to complete the mile in 6:48. By his senior year he was close to 6:30. Lewis also competed in the TAC (The Athletics Congress, the former name of USATF) Junior Nationals as a high school junior, setting a Junior National record that he held for many.
Lewis went to college at the University of Colorado, where he benefited from the nearby U.S. Olympic Training Center at Colorado Springs. Training with the likes of Troy Engle, Mike Morris, Jim Heiring, Randy Mimm, Marco Evoniuk, Carl Schueler, Mel McGinnis, and Don Lawrence, Lewis received an early introduction to the world of the race walking elite. At the time, Ron Laird served as the Center’s race walk coach in residence.
Upon his college graduation, Lewis worked full-time in the computer field for Digital Corporation. Fitting training into a busy career, he accomplished amazing feats. Lewis dominated American race walking at all distances, from 1500 meters to 20K, for many years. In the mid 1980s athletes often competed on the indoor track circuit, where Lewis holds the world record for the Indoor 1500M (5:13.53) and 1 mile (5:33.53) race walks. After all these years, Lewis's legacy still dominates American race walking as he holds four of the top five 20K times in U.S. history.
With all of his success, Lewis always took the time to say hello. Mike Rohl grew up in the town next to him. Rohl rembers that when he was an up and coming walker, Lewis would always make sure to ask about how things were going at home. I had similar experiences when I competed as a Junior on an international team with Lewis. Lewis found our common ground of computers and started a conversation. Having the best race walker in the country speak with me as an equal was a huge confidence booster. Lewis was truly a good patriarch of our sport.
He set the American record at an all-comers meet in Canada and raced his two other fastest times at the Alongi Invitational, in Dearborn, MI (1:22:17), and the World Cup in New York City (1:22:27, 13th place). Unfortunately, Lewis did not fare quite as well at his sole Olympic appearance in 1988. He raced poorly, finishing second to last.
By the early 1990s, Lewis felt he had lost much of the joy of competition. He partially retired in 1992, racing a little, and then finally called it quits in 1993. Still residing in Colorado Springs, Lewis now works for Oracle. He no longer competes in athletics, but instead runs "to keep from getting fat," plays a little soccer, snow boards, skis, and camps for fun.
1992 4th - 1:24:31 1991 1st - 1:26:52 1990 1st - 1:26:52 1989 1st - 1:22:17 1988 2nd - 1:24:50 1987 1st - 1:22:27 1986 1st - 1:21:48 1985 1st - 1:28:26 1984 9th - 1:27:07 1983 5th - 1:28:57 1982 6th - 1:29:12 1981 10th - 1:37:26
1991 4th - 4:17:50 1990 1st - 4:10:46 1989 1st - 4:13:39 1984 9th - 4:16:20
1989 5000M - 20:00.46 1988 5000M - 19:51.05 1987 5000M - 19:30.70
1991 15K - 1:02:35 20K - 1:29:55 1990 2 hour - 25,676m 50K - 4:10:46 20K - 1:27:28 5K - 21:06 1989 10K - 41:27.8 20K - 1:27:19 1988 20K - 1:29:34 1987 15K - 1:04:35 20K - 1:24:12 5K - 20:23 1986 15K - 1:06:47 20K - 1:25:22 5K - 20:51 1985 20K - 1:28:26.46 25K - 1:53:00 1984 10K - 44:15 25K - 1:49:36 5000M - 20:53
20K Olympic Games
1988 - 44 th - 1:31:00 - Seoul, Korea
20K World Championships
1991 – 31 st – 1:30:55 - Tokyo, Japan
1987 – 19 th – 1:26:00 - Rome, Italy
1983 – 36 th – 1:30:10 - Helsinki, Japan
20K Pan Am Games
1991 – 7 th – 1:31:07 - Havana, Cuba
1987 – 2 nd – 1:25:50 - Indianapolis, USA
20K World Cup
1991 – 54 th – 1:28:04 - San Jose, USA
1989 – 45 th - 1:27:39 - L'Hospitalet, Spain
1987 – 13 th - 1:22:27 - New York City, USA
1985 – 28 th – 1:30:02 - St John's, Isle of Man
1983 – 34 th – 1:28:57 - Bergen, Norway
20K Pan Am Cup
1988 – 44 th – 1:31:00 - Seoul, Korea
1986 – 3 rd – 1:21:48 - St. Leonard , Canada