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Post  Jack_Scaff on Thu Sep 22, 2011 3:27 pm

Not sure if anyone discussed this article before, but I got a kick out of it.

http://runningtimes.com/Article.aspx?ArticleID=23739&PageNum=1

Is it lame if a man wins a race for females?

Is it lame that they treat these men like a pariah?

Have you run a race for ladies?


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Reminds me of this old, funny, bit by Andy Kaufman...Intergender Wrestling Champion of the World





No

Yes

No


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Post  Diego on Thu Sep 22, 2011 4:14 pm

NO Yes and No.



If the opportunities for an all male race were there, then my answer would be different.

If the courses and time of month(NPI) that are used for all female races could be the same used for both gender races, then "No."



I have a ton of issues with Nike sponsoring many of these races while they still encourage slave labor in SE Asia(yes, they do!). Let's bring in money for breast cancer or whatever cancer of the day needs money while we keep other folks out of work and others living at the poverty line. Sheesh!

Sorry, I'm very sensitive about the Nike(and other companies) subject now that I live in Maine where two New Balance factories(the last U.S. 90+% pure shoe factory) may be closed due to impending Vietnamese trade agreements from our current and previous presidents.

From a medical perspective, if we really wanted races to make a difference, we should be raising a lot more $$$ for Alzheimer's research. Between 1/3 and 1/2 of the US in 20-30 years will have it. Very alarming. Current research funding doesn't even make the top 40.

My one and only political statement for this year.pale Sorry!Embarassed
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Post  Michele "1L" Keane on Thu Sep 22, 2011 4:38 pm

We have a Woman's 5K in Atlanta and we used to have a Men's 5k (men only). We would get 1500+ registrants for the woman's race (all women) and around 300-400 for the men's only race - so we made it men and women. I think that jsut answers the question of why there are women only races.

I do know that men can run the Nike Women's races and the 26.2 for Donna which was originally all women. However, there are still several big name women only races int he country including Tufts 10K in Boston (which was orginally Bonne Belle) and several Avon series.

Should guys run them - sure if they are allowed entry as money is money. Should they win them - no, that is just crass.
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Post  healdgator on Thu Sep 22, 2011 4:54 pm

Yes

No

No
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Post  Jack_Scaff on Thu Sep 22, 2011 4:58 pm

@Michele "1L" Keane wrote: Should they win them - no, that is just crass.

I relish winning Risk vs. my 8 and 11 year old girls. Sad.
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Post  Chris M on Thu Sep 22, 2011 5:34 pm

@Jack_Scaff wrote:
@Michele "1L" Keane wrote: Should they win them - no, that is just crass.

I relish winning Risk vs. my 8 and 11 year old girls. Sad.



I am always compelled to take over and hold Australia at all costs. Its not a long term winning strategy but you will have a whale of a time at the end trying to dislodge me from Siam or Indonesia.
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Post  Jack_Scaff on Thu Sep 22, 2011 5:44 pm

@Chris M wrote:
@Jack_Scaff wrote:
@Michele "1L" Keane wrote: Should they win them - no, that is just crass.

I relish winning Risk vs. my 8 and 11 year old girls. Sad.



I am always compelled to take over and hold Australia at all costs. Its not a long term winning strategy but you will have a whale of a time at the end trying to dislodge me from Siam or Indonesia.



Risk is no longer allowed in our house. My 2 girls played each other a month or so ago, and I kid you not - 2 turns in there was the classic "board swipe" move due to a crooked die arguement.
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Post  Julie on Thu Sep 22, 2011 6:01 pm

I became quite nervous and competitive during a game of Go Fish with a 7 yr old. I was 16.
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Post  dot520 on Sat Sep 24, 2011 5:32 pm

I just ran a half in Indy over Labor Day that was all women. While the Race Director stated that if a male really wanted to enter, of course he could, but wouldn't it be nice to support the women? The race was a tribute to Women in the armed services...very nice event. Had a man entered, I personally would not have scorned him but I would have loved to see him in the women's only pink tech shirt given out. LOL I have so many men's shirts...that would have been sweet.

Should a man win....no..I mean come on.....how could he even be proud of that? Nah.
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