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I just ran the 50K race downing Auburn, CA and thought I’d check on the finisher numbers for the various distances for one of American’s biggest trail race events, the Canyons Endurance Runs by UTMB.

  • The 100 Miler had 278 starters and a whopping 151 DNFs. Of the 127 finishers there were only 20 women (16%).
  • The 100K had 537 starters and 144 DNFs. Of the 391 finishers there were 92 women (24%).
  • The 50K had 469 starters and only 12 DNFs. Of the 457 finishers there were 171 women (37%).
  • The 25K had 407 starters and 3 DNFs. Of the 402 finishers there were 192 women (48%).

Combining results for all distances Canyons saw 1377 finishers and of those 475 were women crossing the finish line. That’s 34% in total. Which overall isn’t horrible, but still skewed by the higher numbers of the shorter distances and seeing that there were only 20 women finishing the 100M it’s clear our sport has a long way to go.

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