I remember a little race in a little city that created a big kabloom in 2008. It was 21K race initially for MEN ONLY because the organisers originally “felt that there might be very few or no female participants at all.” Click here and here to read related blog entries. Bloggers and runners united and made a stand. Female runners participated and triumphed in that race.
Now there is this race called Team Woman Run 2010 by Lactacyd. I rarely complain about a race before the event. I never complain about a race I will not join. Until now. After reading the PR material on this race in a few blogs and clarifying the information with a friend who attended the launch I’m officially not bewitched just bothered and bewildered.
Lactacyd in it’s PR material invites Women to “Gather together your sisters and friends to form a team of three or four individuals, and be part of this year’s Woman Team Run. Woman Team Run is an all-woman team relay for females ages 18 to 35.”
Why did they put an age limit? There is a 5K category open to all ages but I still don’t understand why they had to put a cap on the age of the 21K relay runners. Why are they opening the race to 18 – 35 yo runners only. I note that some of their ambassadors are in their 40s.
Of course, it is a given that women love to be fashionable. A Best in Costume Award will be awarded to the team who adds the most flair to their running outfits. Criteria will be made up of originality, creativity, use of Team Woman singlet, and overall impact…At the end of the race, a team composed entirely of women will be chosen to become ambassadors of Woman by Lactacyd.
If their intention is to have a go-see, that is perfectly fine. Century Tuna did it successfully without alienating runners of all shapes and sizes. Pinay In Action allow male runners. Those who participate know that they are in the race to support the women in their lives.
It is sad that at this point in the running boom in the Philippines, a race supposedly for women, would disallow runners from joining a race category because they are TOO OLD. That is disrespectful!
The PR material said that, “Woman by Lactacyd understands the needs of a woman with an active lifestyle. As its tagline goes, only Woman Knows a Woman, made to keep up with you.”
Woman by Lactacyd claims to understand the needs of a woman but they do not know the women running now. Oh and women can finish a 21K solo. E-a-s-i-l-y!
The PR material opened by asking, “What better way to celebrate a woman’s strength than with an all-woman run?”
An all-woman run of all ages, sizes and shape is the best way to celebrate a woman’s strength.