'''Allen James''' (born April 14, 1964) is an American race walker. He competed in two Olympic Games, 1992 Barcelona Olympics in the 20 km walk and 1996 Atlanta Olympics in the 50 km walk.He set five (5) American records in the span 7 months from the fall of 1993 to the spring of 1994: 20,000m (track), 25,000m (track), 2 Hour (track), 30 km (road) and 50 km (road).

The son of an Air Force colonel and a Seattle store owner (his mother foundedSuper Jock 'n' Jill running store, in Seattle), James grew up as a self-described "track brat." Distance runner and coach Pat Tyson lived with the family while James grew up. Tyson turned James on to track and he started running age group events as a fifth-grader. Three years later he started racewalking. Much of his inspiration came from the people he met as a child: Steve Prefontaine, a roommate of Tyson's at Oregon; Olympic 20K walk champ Ernesto Canto, who stayed at James' house with the Mexican walk team for an event in the '70s; and coaching legend Arthur Lydiard, a Thanksgiving guest one year. In high school James skipped track to concentrate on cross country, soccer and swimming. He graduated from Western Washington University in 1987 with a degree in business administration and immediately became a player on the U.S. walk scene. Allen was the most dominant American walker from 1991 through 1996. He retired from competitive walking after winning the USATF Indoor National Championships in 1997.

After his short lived retirement, James returned to his passion for fun, racing in events such as the Millrose Games, Penn Relays, Empire State Games and the National 10Km Championships. He also was involved in USATF leadership, including being part of the team that crafted the Code of Ethics for the organization. In 2007, he was appointed Head Coach of the Pan Am Race Walking Cup. An odd twist with an athlete’s passport left the team short of a full squad and Allen filled in. By virtue of his finish, the USA men’s team ended up winning the competition over favorites like Mexico, Ecuador and Guatemala. He also qualified for the 2008 Olympic Trials, held in Eugene, where he would finish a surprising 6th place –for fun, of course!! In 2010, training with his marathon running buddies he decided to do another 50km, 14 years after his last in Atlanta. In Surprise, AZ, he was a surprising 3rd place and qualified for yet another Olympic Trials in 2012. Hoping to compete in the 2020 50km Olympic Trials, he was in great shape in 2019, but underestimated the effects of the rising temperatures in Santee’s 2019 50km Championships. The 20km US Championships were in Tustin, CA a few months later and Allen walked a solid time and placed 6th. A couple of hernias would slow him down and require surgery in early 2020. By February ’21, Allen was back in form and place 4thin the 50km championships.His time from the 2019, 20km would be good enough to place him in the US Olympic Trials for the 20km, being held in Springfield, OR on June 26th, 2021. Competing in these Trials marks his 7th Olympic Trials race, five 20km races (1988, 1992, 1996, 2008, 2021) and two 50km races (1996, 2012) spanning 33 years.

All of this is strictly fun for Allen, who’s had some great opportunities to share his Olympism with middle school physical education students at Rancho Dominguez Preparatory Schoolin Long Beach as part of Ready, Set, Gold, a program to Olympians to help teach life health and fitness principals to students in Southern California. He recently coached Jimmy Kimmel and Guillermo how to racewalk on their Road to Tokyo series. He resides in San Pedro, CA and can be seen training around the hills of Palos Verdes, along the South Bay Strand or nearby Harbor Regional Park.