Competition Rules

Scandinavian walking competition rules

1. Definition of the movement of Scandinavian walking.

Nordic walking movement – this movement is in compliance with alternating work hands and feet, with simultaneous repulsion poles at an acute angle, subject to constant contact with at least one foot on the surface. THE FLIGHT PHASE IS PROHIBITED.

In addition, the following aspects (rules) of Nordic walking should be observed:

– Long (extensive) work of the hands, stressing the passage of the wrist beyond the thigh line in the sagittal plane (except when the slope of the surface is more than 20%). The sagittal plane is an imaginary vertical plane that extends from front to back and divides the object into the left and right parts.

– Repulsion with sticks occurs during the alternating work of the hands in the sagittal plane (front-to-back, not to the sides).

– Active emphasis on sticks and pushing them away.

– after repulsion, the sticks are carried through the air, and not dragged along the ground.

– During the movement of Nordic walking it is recommended to use the classic style of technology.

During the movement of Nordic walking, it is forbidden:

– excessive inclination of the trunk forward.

– Sticking sticks at an angle of 90 * (in front of the body line)

– go on half-bent legs, thereby lowering the center of gravity.

running up, running.

to swear.

– To reduce the route and leave it without the permission of the judge.

– create obstacles for overtaking rivals.

2. Inventory used by the participants.

1. Sticks – it is recommended to use sticks specially designed for Scandinavian walking, the length of which should be chosen as follows:

– Human growth multiplied by a factor of 0.68

– When placing a stick in front of the body line, the angle of the bent arm at the elbow should be + \ – 90 *

2. Use of additional devices – the use of any radio electronic and measuring devices is permitted provided that they do not interfere with the movement of participants in the Nordic Walk. USE OF HEADPHONES DURING TRAFFIC MOTION IS FORBIDDEN.

3. Drinking containers – a participant can use his own containers for drinking, but only in specially designated places. It is recommended to use specially prepared items for drinking. The participant has the right to use his own drinks (isotonic, water, etc.). Alcohol and alcohol-containing beverages are PROHIBITED.

3. Safety and medical care.

– The organizer of the Scandinavian walking competition is obliged to provide security for the participants and judges.

– The organization of the competition should be planned so that the start and finish took place in the daylight.

– A participant must immediately stop participating in competitions if he received such a recommendation from medical personnel serving the competition.

– During the competition, only those athletes who participate in a given race can be on the track.

4. Food items.

– Water and other used food should be available at the start and finish during the competitions in all categories.

– The food points should be arranged at a distance of 2.5 km to 5 km, depending on the distance and the length of the circle. In case of unfavorable weather conditions, additional food points should be provided.

– Nutrition, which can be brought by participants, should be placed in places agreed with the organizers. The food should be placed in such a way that there is free access to it, or it can be delivered to the participant by a special person.

5. Clothes, shoes and start numbers of participants.

– In all categories, participants should be in the form of clothing, cleanliness, appearance and manner of wearing which does not cause (does not have) prohibitions. Participants should not wear clothes that make it difficult for judges to work.

– During participation in competitions, each participant must have at least one plate with the starting number, which is placed on the chest and is clearly visible to the judges. The number that is on the participant’s plate must match the number in the start protocol. A participant without a number does not have the right to take part in competitions. It is allowed to indicate the names and surnames of participants on the plates with start numbers, as well as any other information coordinated with the organizers. It is recommended to use start numbers of different colors for different distances.

– It is recommended to take part in competitions in the sports form.


– It is recommended to mark the route so that the distance of the circles is summed up to 5 km.

– The surface on which the competition can be held can be soft or hard, as well as safe for participants.

– When changing the surface, it is possible to change attachments on sticks, for this purpose a special corridor of about 50 m length is organized, during which judges do not evaluate the correctness of the Nordic walking technique.

– A participant who is ahead of another participant should not interfere with and impede movement to other participants. The participant, who is ahead, must follow the same trajectory and do not create obstacles for the participant who is ahead of him.

– The distance should be measured along the shortest path along which the participant will move.

– Length of the track: an error in the measurement of +/- 1% of the entire distance is allowed.

– Each kilometer should be marked with a sign.

– The final decision on the reception of the route and the admission of the participants is taken by the Chief Judge of the competition.

7. Departure from a distance

– A competitor can leave the race only with the permission of the referee.

– A participant who has left the designated route in order to reduce the distance is disqualified according to the decision of the Chief Judge.

8. The distance.

– Typical distances for women and men are circles that are summed up to 5 km.


– Start of participants is signaled by a shot from the starting pistol, as are possible

other signals. A shot from the starting pistol or other signals can be accompanied by a joint countdown.

– Immediately before the start and joint countdown, the judge commands “on the spot”, after which the simultaneous countdown and the signal “start” occur.

– Competitions are held at the following distances:

– The distance is 42.195 km. (marathon) – start at the same time, men and women, it is possible to start by age categories.

– The distance is 21.097 km. (half marathon) – start at the same time men and women, or categories.

– The distance is 10 km. – First men start together or by categories, then similarly women.

– The distance is 5 km. – First men start in the categories, then women start in categories.

Taking into account the safety of the participants, the Chief Judge, together with the organizer, has the right to change the distance and start options, having previously familiarized the participants of the competition.

– Starting a participant is not in his category, means adding to his time the difference between the starting groups, namely +2 minutes.

10. Judging.

– All Scandinavian walking judges must work independently, except when the judge wants to issue a warning, and the participant has already passed the judge’s location. In this situation, the referee transmits information explaining the violations of the rules to the referee who is further along the distance.

– The reason for the imposition of temporary penalties or disqualification may be the video material provided by the judge from unauthorized persons.

– Competitions for Nordic walking should be attended by at least 7 judges, including the Chief Judge of the competition.

11. Warnings and disqualification.

– The participant should be informed if his technique of movement does not comply with the rules described in paragraph 1 of this document and these violations, entail penalties:

1. Oral warning – information for the participant about minor mistakes in the technique of movement, without necessarily stopping the participant.

2. A warning (yellow card) is a participant’s stop, a yellow card, a note on the starting number, an explanation of the reason for the warning, a note in the referee’s report. Three yellow cards (three notes in the referee protocol) – entails the disqualification of the participant.

Types of violations:

– lack of hands during the movement

– absence of active repulsion by sticks

– sticks at a right angle (in front of the body line) while moving

– No wrist removal beyond the thigh line

– excessive torso inclination forward

– Underestimation of the center of gravity

– dragging sticks on the ground

– creating an obstacle for overtaking by other participants

– use of headphones

– other remarks by the judges

3. Disqualification (red card) – participant’s stop, presentation of a red card, a mark on the starting number, an explanation of the reason for disqualification, a mark in the referee’s protocol. After receiving a red card, the participant must leave the track.

Types of violations:

– Running and its variants

– cutting the distance or leaving the track without the permission of the judge

– ignoring the stop signal

– foul language

– three yellow cards

12. Protests.

– Protests concerning the results (results) of the competition must be submitted within 30 minutes after the end.

– Every protest prior to its written submission must be announced to the Chief Justice of the competition orally by the participant himself or by a person representing his interests.

– In cases of disagreement with the decision of the Chief Justice, the participant has the right to collect a commission to consider the protest. The application for a meeting of the commission must be submitted in writing 30 minutes before the announcement of the results. Also, when submitting such an application, you must pay a deposit of 2 basic values. In case of rejection of protest, the pledge is not returned.

– The Commission for the Consideration of Protests consists of:

– representative from the organizers

– representative of the “Federation of Scandinavian Walking”

– Chief referee of competitions

The composition of the commission for the consideration of protests is announced before the start of the competition. The Commission is the main authority and its decision is not subject to appeal.

13. Unsportsmanlike behavior.

– Competitors, their accompanying persons, fans and spectators taking part in Nordic Walking events are obliged to observe the rules of good taste, etiquette, observe moral and spiritual principles.

14. Measurement of time.

– There are three alternative methods for measuring time during official events held by the Federation of the Scandinavian Walk of the Republic of Belarus.

1. Mechanical – measuring time using stopwatches.

2. Automated – time measurement using electronic systems.

3. Time measurement using transponders.

– All the results of the participants who have completed the distance are registered. In addition, it is necessary to organize an intermediate measurement of time, where there is such an opportunity.

– All results are rounded to the nearest full second.

15. Types of results.

There are two types of results:

– preliminary results

– official results

1. Preliminary results are the results that are announced after the finish of the last participant. In the event of protests, these results are subject to revision. Preliminary results are posted in the finish area or in a specially designed place, as well as a temporary marking of the announcement of preliminary results.

2. Official results are results that are announced after the end of the time allotted for the filing of protests, meetings and consideration of all matters by the judges. Official results are final and not subject to change.

– All results obtained during the competition must be placed on specially prepared stands for information, and the possibility of their obtaining electronically should be provided.

16. Chief Justice.

– Chief referee – appointed by the organizer in conjunction with the federation. The main function of the Chief Judge is to control the conduct of competitions, organize the work of judges, and resolve contentious issues.

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