Do we still need women-only races?

Elite women line the start of the NYRR New York Mini 10K on June 11, 2011. Photo by Phil Hospod.

My last post on the history of the NYRR New York Mini 10K got me thinking: do we still need women-only races? The topic came up on The New York Running Show right after the race, and I received a startlingly negative comment about them on my column in The Washington Times Communities.

I’m old enough to remember hearing that I couldn’t do this or couldn’t do that because I was a girl–including lots of athletic things. Thankfully I had parents who thought that was a bunch of hooey, and they signed me up for swim team, ill-fated golf lessons, and bought me GI Joe and He-Man action figures to go along with my Barbies and She-Ra toys.

All these years later, I think women-only races still have a place in the running community, as do men-only running events; and yes, men-only races do exist.

You can read my entire response to a certain “Disenfranchised” male about why women-only races still matter at The Washington Times Communities.

But I’m curious what do you all think?

Karla Bruning


Karla Bruning is a race announcer at the TCS New York City Marathon + other major events, TV host for the New York City Triathlon + contributor to Shape, Redbook, Runner's World + other publications. She used to report for Newsweek but spent her free time squeezing in workouts. Now it's her job. She's run 8 marathons, 30 halves, 10 triathlons + open water swims. When she's not running, talking about running or writing about running, she's snuggling her baby, spoiling her dog + compulsively traveling.


06 2011

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