Podcast: Episode 146: Let's hear this again: What are the gender issues in running?


The 2021 Hardrock Hundred Mile Endurance Run starts today. Two days before the run an important meeting took place where the event announced a new policy to increase women’s participation.

Starting in 2022, the percent of women’s entrants will be no less than the percent of women’s lottery applicants. Darcy Piceu who won the the race three times (2012-2014) is now a Hardrock 100 board member and she's returning to the race this year as a participant.

What better time to revisit episode 36 (originally published May 31, 2019) where Darcy and Trailsisters.net founder Gina Lucrezi spoke about the challenges and opportunities to make the sport of ultrarunning more inclusive and equitable for women.

Original Show Notes

Darcy Piceu and Gina Lucrezi share thoughts on this important topic.

"We're in a real interesting time right now. If I do nothing else in the sport, it would be to raise awareness."

This is a different conversation for Fastest Known Time, and quite worthwhile.

Trail Sisters has established 5 recommended practices for races:

  1. Equal podium spots
  2. Equal prize money and awards
  3. Women's-specific swag (not just unisex)
  4. Menstrual products at aid stations (events over a Half Marathon)
  5. Opportunity for Women at the front of the Starting Line

Citations from topics discussed in this episode

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