By Mathias Eichler
Winter, trails, darkness, and all the weather.
One last hurrah before the end of the year. Runners, get ready for a fun and festive holiday treat along the trails of Squaxin Park.
For the 146 entry slots 2413 people put their name into the lottery (and qualified by running a really hard 100 miler to begin with!). Of these, 1938 are men, 475 women. Based on that, and due to the new regulations we should see a field of about 20% women in the 2023 race. According to Jamil Coury that’s a slight increase from the 18.6% women who started the the 2022 event. Not sure on any further historical data, but I’d be curious to see if this number is the highest it’s ever been?
Stephanie Case made big waves in the ultra online world a couple weeks ago by offering a refund to any woman who enters the lottery but has to bow out for any reason. This, of course, annoyed a few old men, but it in the end it seems to not have moved the needle as much we had hoped. Overcoming inequality will take a lot of work and sadly won’t happen over night.