11 Aug '16, 1pm

The Problem Is Not Women Running Alone

The Problem Is Not Women Running Alone

One male colleague practically had to pick his jaw up off the floor. “This has happened…to ALL of you?” he said. I thought of that moment this week, with the tragic news of three female runners killed on runs in the span of nine days. Predictably, some commenters have said the women should not have been running alone. Also predictably, at least one outlet—the New York Post —has felt the need to comment on the victims’ appearances, using gendered adjectives such as “pretty” and “beautiful.” The reaction these deaths have generated—within and outside the running community—raises a few points that feel somehow connected: You can run, but you can’t escape sexism. Women’s running has come a long way from the days of doctors saying, “You can’t do that; your uterus will fall out of your body.” Women now make up 57 percent of race finishers annually, per the latest Running USA sta...

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