Women's Marathons Use Tiaras, Hot Firefighters To Keep Men Away. Both the article and the subsequent comments bring up some good points.
First of all, most of you are familiar with the idea of women's marathons. Some big ones include Disney's Princess Half Marathon (one I really want to do someday) and the Nike Women's Marathon, but there are just tons more of them. I volunteered for the Zooma Annapolis Half Marathon in June, also a women's race. These races are designed to attract women - usually from a women's theme (such as Breast Cancer or princesses). At some races, the awards are for women only, but usually men can race as well (I double checked on IronGirl, because someone insinuated over the weekend that men can't do that race, but I don't see any evidence that men can't register).
So, what do you think of womens marathons?
Personally, I wouldn't mind men-only marathons. It wouldn't bother me at all, and I do think it's a bit of a double standard that we can have women's races, but a men's marathon would seem wrong. I mean, at the Olympics, the two events are split, right?
As for the tiaras, the hot firefighters, or whatever, I don't care about those things. I don't like dressing up for races because I like wearing running clothes for races. Those things just don't appeal to me, although I'll take them. The only thing that attracts me to women's races are the ones that give out necklaces instead of medals. I love the idea of being able to wear a necklace over and over, rather than having a medal that goes on a shelf or in a drawer or something.
What annoys me about these races, and what has prevented me from signing up for a women's race up to this point is the fact that I love to run and race the same races as my husband. I love him running beside me or ahead of me or whatever. He is not interested in running the "Princess" race. And, since we race together, I haven't done it. For this reason, I tend to stick to races that are for everyone.
What do you think of women's races?