Check out the second part of this post. Apparently, in 2011, women who set world marathon or half marathon records while running in a race where men ran as well were stripped of the their achievements, but men who set a record in a mixed field were not. Can you believe that? Apparently, having men to pace you or something is considered an unfair advantage. Now, as someone who has witnessed just how far men will go to not get "girled", how is it that men get to retain their records? I suppose the argument is that record setting men are so far ahead that it doesn't matter, but I don't know, smells a bit like BS to me. I guess the most surprising thing is that this was last year and I didn't hear about it. Was I oblivious to running magazine covers? Or, did it just not matter that much to female runners and fans?
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