Female runners in Iowa high schools were recently vindicated when the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union voted to finally extend girls cross country races from 4K to 5k, the same distance run by the boys. They said that they’d kept the course shorter in the past because they feared a longer run would dissuade girls from participating in the sport.
The thing is, many of the girls were already running 5Ks. They’d sign up for the races on the off-season, competing against large mixed groups of runners. And, Connecticut, where longer races were adopted years ago, participation in girls cross country running has only gone up.
When we are given a higher goal to reach for, it only extends our reach.
Not being challenged enough?
Go out there and find your own race to run. You are the one who determines how far you can race. How fast. And where you are going to go.