WalkingHealthy.com is a collective effort by dedicated
volunteers in the race walking community and our staff to promote
the concept that walking athletically is the best form of exercise. Content on
WalkingHealthy.com is contributed by U.S.
National team members, race officials, our staff, and most
importantly YOU! Send us information about events and clubs
in your area and we will post it.
While WalkingHealthy.com is a free site, it costs
time and money
to maintain. The sales of walking-related products help to offset
these costs. A great source of race walking information for novices,
and experts alike, we encourage you to visit our Walking Shop and take a giant step towards reaching your potential!
Founder & CEO -
Jeff Salvage pursues his interests—photography,
computer technology, and the outdoors—with a focus and intensity
that can only be described as passionate. With race walking, this
passion becomes an obsession. Whether he’s flying across the country
to support and document a National Team race, pacing a protégé
through a half-marathon, or serving up electrolytes through a rainy
50K, Salvage smiles through it all—typically with camera, cell
phone, and computer notebook within reach.
Salvage claims that “no one who knew him as a
kid” could conceive of his 20-year immersion in the world of
athletics. But at age 16, he arose from behind his computer to join
his high-school cross-country team. Salvage enjoyed running, but his
knees gave out early. So when he started race walking his senior
year of high school, no one expected much. Salvage surprised them
all, breaking the 7:00 min/mile barrier and finishing second at High
School Nationals his very first season race walking.
With his newly discovered “raw talent for race
walking” as motivation, Salvage focused much time and energy on
developing his skills. He improved rapidly. Unfortunately, he
struggled with injuries each time success seemed within reach.
Having competed internationally and achieved one of his main
goals—winning the Maccabiah Games—Salvage decided not to fight the
fates and returned to his computer career. Still in college, he
formed the club PHAST (Philadelphia-Area Striders Team) and led the
resurgence of race walking in Philadelphia.
Graduating college in 1992, he balanced his
information systems career—consulting, teaching and writing several
college textbooks—while serving as Mid Atlantic Race Walking
Chairman and Director of Race Walks at the Penn Relays, a position
he still holds. In 1996 he became U.S. Junior National Race Walk
Coordinator, coaching many top Juniors while running training camps
for promising young athletes at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in
Chula Vista, CA. Meanwhile, Salvage spearheaded his sport’s presence
on the Internet with
www.racewalk.com serving as the USATF race walking
committee’s official site for nearly a decade. Today this site
remains a primary source of free information on race walking
technique, training, club programs, and national competition.
In 1996 Salvage coauthored Walk Like an
Athlete, the basis of the race walking chapter of the USATF
coach’s manual. Soon after he produced a two-part video by the same
name. While this package served as a springboard for his current
book/video/DVD series, Salvage’s recent products represent a wider
synthesis of cumulative knowledge delivered with his expert flair
for photography, computer graphics, and expository writing.
Today Salvage teaches computer science at Drexel
University while pursuing numerous consulting, writing, and creative
projects. His additional interests include kayaking and trekking,
and his international travel photos recently appeared in What
Digital Camera magazine.