Miranda Race Walks...

...An experienced racewalker moves in a fluid forward motion...


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2012 Olympic Trials

What is OLYMPIC "A/B" Standard?

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Miranda started Race Walking in High School to help her team get points at track meets.

A technically demanding event, race walking is continuing to grow in popularity across all age groups for its fitness and competitive aspects.

The Rush NY native was a champion in the junior ranks and has consistently qualified for the USA Senior Nationals in Track & Field, both Indoors, at the 3000m distance, and Outdoors, at the Olympic 20k distance

The Race Walk has been an Olympic event since 1906!

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Racewalking in the Olympics
is contested at 20km and 50km.
"The 2016 Olympics would be awesome, that's one of my goals!."
Miranda likes the challenge of trying to go faster and farther.

Racewalking is a Judged event.

Racewalk Judging Paddles, fouls, disqualification
What do the Paddles mean?

Miranda racewalked a 10K in under 53 minutes. That's faster than 445 people ran the same distance at the Medved Lilac 10K in Rochester, NY in 2007. --And don't forget, she was walking.

"Race Walking is an intense event of technical ability -- you just have to practice, stay focused and stay committed..."

.2008 Jr. Nationals, columbus OH
2008 Jr. Nat'l Champion
"You just have to persevere and stay committed and know that if you put in the time and effort, that's where you could end up."

"Race Walking taught me patience, dedication, & prioritization. I believe through hard work and dedication to the training you become a better athlete."

"I practice every day, seven days a week. No matter how I feel, no matter what the weather, I know I have to show the discipline to get out there and workout."


Miranda participates in Students in Service (SIS), a part-time AmeriCorps program that offers scholarships to college students who participate in community service.

USATF Niagara Assoc.

"Race walking is anything but a stroll in the park, and it certainly isn't like the speed walking you see ladies do at the mall. It's a real sport and it takes practice and intense training both mentally and physically".

Race walkers have fewer injuries and can get their heart rates as high as running.

Local Champion Race Walker Receives National Travel & Training Fund
Grant Awarded By The Women’s Sports Foundation

Miranda Melville is Among 23 Athletes to Receive Funding

The right gear, the right fit, the right balance
Women's Sports Foundation logo
IAAF World Cup, Taicing, China.

Grand Prix Award 
2014 Race Walk Grand Prix Award Plaque

FIX Body Group

Okazaki Chiropratic   

March 2014 -- US World Cup Trials. Walked her 20km best time of the season to become 4th Fastest American Woman Racewalker in USA history!

4th fastest American woman Racewalker in US history

May 2014 -- IAAF World Cup, Taicing, China.

Taicing China Race Walk
2nd best American w, placed the highest she has ever placed at a major international competition.

Captures Silver at USATF Outdoor Championships June 2014 -- USATF Outdoor Champ!
USATF Outoor Championships in Sacramento

May 18, 2014 -- Fairmount Park,
Riverside, California
Wins Title 3rd year in a row. 15km National Race Walk Champion

2014 USATF 15km National Race Walk Championship.
Walking to 5th National Championship Title.

-- 2014 --

1/2014 San Diego Assoc 3K (PR)
2/16/14 Millrose Mile Race Walk sets Personal Record (15 sec PR).
2/23/14 best placement at USATF Indoor Nationals (14 sec PR)
3/9/14 Southern Cal 10K Race Walk Champion (PR)
3/30/14 World Cup Trials (almost 2 minute PR)

-- 2013 --

- 12/2013 USA 5K Race Walk National Champion. Ends 2013 with 4th National Race Walk Championship, sets Meet Record at RIT Upstate Holiday Classic
-Selected for USA World Team 2013 World Race Walk Championships.
- USA 15K National
Race Walk Champ & Tony Perona Cup Recipient.
-Named USATF San Diego Association - Race Walker of the Year.

Huntington Beach 20k

Photo by Steve Shoemaker

usa 2013 15k race walk champion
2013, 15K National Champion & Tony Perona Cup Recipient

2013 - Melville Captures 3rd National Race Walk Title!
NYAC's Miranda Melville has won her 2nd consecutive senior women’s National Race Walk (RW) Championship title, the third of her career, with a 15K time of 1:11.40 at 15k RW National Championships in Riverside California on May 12th. She
was also named the Tony Perona Cup recipent and can take pride in being the first woman to finish first overall in the 25 year history of that race.

Miranda is currently rated #2 in the US. In 2012, at the 20K Race Walk Olympic Trials in Eugene Oregon, she finish with a personal best 1:34:56 for silver missing a trip to the London Olympic games by only 3 seconds.

She is a Junior National champion, has competed on the international stage in Russia, Mexico and Canada for Team USA, and the USA World Cup Teams. She is a NYS Empire State Games Champion, Women's Sports Foundation grant recipient, Rochester Amateur Athletic Federation grant reciptient and scholar athlete.

At the 2013 USA Track & Field Outdoor Championships in Des Moines IA, she was selected to Team USA to compeat at the 2013 IAAF World Championships in Moscow, Russia.

How Fast Does She Walk?

During a race Miranda can race walk a mile in about 6:41, hold around 7:30/mile for a half marathon, can do a half marathon in under 1:40.0, and can walk over 227 steps/ minute using a near flawless technique!

The Athlete ...This All American excelled on the USA Junior National team and won the Junior National championship before moving up to the senior ranks. She has compeated on the international stage in Russia, Mexico and Canada for Team USA, and the USA World Cup Teams. She is an Empire State Games Champion, Olympic Trials Qualifier, and scholar athlete...


USATF-TV post-race interview
Runnerspace post-race interview -7/12
YNN pre-race interview -6/12

5/21/14 Inspiration! -- AthleteBiz

Race Walk Trials New Jersey

3/30/14 World Cup Trials (almost 2 minute PR)
3/9/2014- First American Woman Since 2000 to Walk 10k under 45:30
2/23/14- 14 Second PR For Melville at Indoor Nationals
12/282013 - Takes Home 4th National Race Walk Championship sets New Meet Record
8/09/2013 - Pre-Race Interview, IAAF World Championships

6/22/2013 - 1st World Championships Team Selection!
5/19/2013 - Captures 3rd National Race Walk Title
3/2013 -
Miranda Melville - Moving Forward Interview
12/20/2012 -
Women's Sports Foundation Awards Grant to NY Race Walker Melville
SDUSATF 1mile Racewalk- 6:52.12 pb
Breathtaking Battle for Gold at Olympic Trials
- Captures first Sr. Nat RW title+
Finishes 49 out of 106 World Race Walking Cup Saransk Russia.

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World Cup Bound!
3/13/2012- with a 54 sec PR, Miranda Excels in Huntington Beach Gets OLYMPIC "B" Standard.
- USATFSDAssn.3K Championship 13:42:02

01/12- Local Olympic hopeful, NBC WHEC Ch 10
12/31/11- Meet record RIT Holiday Classic 3K 13:44:07

Fall, 2011- Miranda's in San Diego training under 2x Olympian, 5x USA 20 km champ & race walk coach, Tim Seaman...
Fall, 2011- Received Greater Rochester Amateur Athletic Fed, (GRAAF), travel training fund Grant
12/11- Olympics on her mind, Henrietta Post

Race walking can have much the same cardiovascular benefits of running but with less impact on joints, and can burn 90 - 120 calories per mile.

Heart rates of racewalkers are often higher than joggers because both the upper body as well as the lower body is used.

RaceWalk Technique http://www.eracewalk.com/Home.htm

RaceWalking -- is an event of
Technical Ability
within the Sport of Track & Field.

It's recognized
within the Olympic Games, the World Track & Field Championships, the Pan American Games, and numerous national championships.

As a member of the USA Race Walking Team, "I like being a part of something that is a little more unique."

Historic Hayward Field, Eugene OR
USA Track & Field (USATF), National Governing Body for track and field, long-distance running and racewalking in the United States.

Miranda racewalks or runs anywhere from 3 to 15 miles a day, 80+ miles/ week, lift weights, does core exercises in preperation for 20 kilometer Olympic races

Checking her time @ USATF National Championships, Eugene OR, 2009 photo from www.Racewalk.com

For more information go to

USATF Race Walking

At the highest levels, an athlete can average 7 minute miles over a 50-kilometer competition.

Race walking can have much the same cardiovascular benefits of running but with less impact on joints.

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