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.
Yes, the racing season is heating up and there are A LOT of races happening around the globe each weekend. I won’t post the numbers of every big race, but I wanted to capture how the gender percentage numbers differ from continent to continent and get a general sense of how these big races are fairing in this department. So let’s head down under to Australia, to a race that’s been owned by Ironman since the early days of the UTMB World Tour.
UTA doesn’t have a 100 mile race, which tend to skew the numbers heavily in favor of the men, but these numbers are nonetheless some of the best I’ve seen so far. There were a total of 5,390 finishers (and a overall low DNF rate!) with 2,431 women or 45%. Yes, the shorter distances are helping boost the women participation and finishing numbers. Something to think about if you’re a race director.