Friday, June 4, 2010

Sacramento Fleet Feet Sports' Women's Fitness Festival

The Sacramento Fleet Feet Sports' Women's Fitness Festival benefits WEAVE, Sacramento’s primary provider of domestic violence and sexual assault services. Great beneficiary, great time of year to go running, a well organized race, and fast becoming a Sacramento staple. This 5k winds around the State Capitol and is a great summer race for Northern California women.
I'm posting this to wish every runner good luck and also to give a big "way to go!" to both my wife and my mom in law who are making this their 2nd year of participation!

That being said, dear  readers/fellow tweeps (I feel dirty typing that you know) daily mile denizens, etc. :
What do YOU think of all women events?
We belong to a gym that used to have an all women's section (which I thought was great, I am a father, a son, and a husband and believe that sometimes it's nice for women to have a section all to themselves) yet somehow the gym was forced to make it a 'co-ed' section, which doesn't really make sense to me.
On the other hand, some might say that having an all women's event sorta goes against the point Kathrine Switzer was making when she blazed onto the Boston Marathon on that fateful day in 1967.
Are all women's event's discriminatory? Are they a non-issue?

Lastly - what makes this last year's participant/bandit such a special snowflake that he went ahead and ran ? Happy Friday!

12 comments:

  1. I'll be there tomorrow!

    Yeah, I think all-women's races are kind of strange. Us females have fought, and are still fighting, for the right to participate in things that were once men-only. On one hand, I like the gym idea you mentioned, because some men can really ogle women at the gym, but we women should feel strong enough to stand up and not take that kind of treatment.

    Then again, women don't register for the draft, either. Hmmm.

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  2. Hey Jose -
    my 2 cents for all women's races (though i don't really think about it too much one way or the other) is that they kinda miss the point. yes, your celebrating being a women, yada yada yada. but imagine the chilly reception an all men's running festival would get. in that respect it seems like the women's only races really still see women as a minority, and therefore need to single them out to affirm them? i don't think this is or should be the case. it's like MLK and "the dream"...the dream wasn't that there'd be more all-black stores, colleges, etc, etc...but that we'd forget completely that there even is a black and white, that we're all ONE...which is where i think any exclusionary events (and whther or not you like em, all-anything events are segregated) kinda miss the boat.

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