|Symbol of elite sanction: The U.S. national flag is held aloft while the |
national anthem is sung before race start. Photo: AR Kirwin
|Instead of women looking like men, I found many female athletes |
performing their femininity in miniskirts and even fairy wings.
Photo: ARK Kirwin
Ultra femininity appears to be the new trend eclipsing the androgynous/male athletic ideal at the race yesterday with women of all ages wearing skirts, skorts (athletic running apparel with an elastic short sewn inside an outer running skirt), tutus, and fairy wings. I even saw a very masculine man racing in a sparkled red tutu. Women runners were wearing more skorts and there were groups celebrating the ultra female runner: Moms in Motion, Team Sparkle (both a group and a clothing company), and Glitter Gals.
|Many runners were running for a cause, for a club or to |
honor a loved one. Photo: AR Kirwin
|In addition to the traditional high-carbohydrate and |
easy-to-digest bagel and fruit snacks, there were
lot's of caffeinated products donated by
food companies seeking consumers
in the running community.
Photo: AR Kirwin
As is common when running long races, you strike up a conversation with another runner who is running about your speed on the race course. This is for a variety of reasons: typical race communitas, boredom, or a means of pain management while you look for things to distract your from your aching legs or digestion issues as you are pushing your body farther and/or faster longer than it wants to go. I met a bunch of runners at this race who shared with me some interesting resources about their running clubs and some recent studies of runners' health and injury rates in general. As usual, no one mentioned any cultural studies of runners. Please leave a comment if you know of any!
Stanford Runners Study:
"Running Slows the Aging Clock, Stanford Researchers Find" Annoucement published by Standford University. This is about their 6-year longitudinal cohort study of about 500 runners and 400 non-runners about health benefits of running in people over the age of 50.
"Predictors of physical disability after age 50: Six-year longitudinal study in a runners club and a university population" The peer-reviewed journal article in the Annals of Epidemiology
"Musculoskeletal Injury in the Masters Runners" University of Halifax study of runners competing in the Hood to Coast race, published 2006
Ultra Feminine Running Apparel Companies:
"Team Sparkle" mini skirts and fairy wings
"Glitter Gal" Sparkly mini skirts and headbands on Etsy
So-Cal Running Clubs*:
Moms in Motion
Vendurance Running Club Ventura runners and triathletes
Rincon Triathlon Club Ventura and Santa Barbara County Triathletes
Los Angeles Road Runners
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*There are many more worthy running clubs in the area and in southern California in general. This list includes only the clubs of the members I met at the race yesterday. -->