Male-only marathon? Please boycott

Ultra Runner Girl

As an adventure-hungry blogger, I often get invitations to interesting races. In early November last year, I got an email from a Dutch guy named Jan, who invited me to the first international marathon in IranFabulous, I thought. I am so in. Visa issues aside as a Canadian, this seemed like a seriously cool opportunity.

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However, after I started looking into the registration details, I discovered that it was open to males only. The more I read, the more appalled I became. The slogan of the marathon: “Real men run Iran.”

Are you kidding me?

I wrote back to Jan inquiring about the male-only policy, and he apologetically replied that he had just heard the week before that the authorities wouldn’t allow women to run. He said, “for me that was a reason to pull out as an advisor/ambassador to this potentially great project.”  Bravo, Jan.

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2 Responses to Male-only marathon? Please boycott

  1. lljkline says:

    So interesting. I met someone who was encouraging me to do this as well. I wish I would’ve known at the time. Hopefully I can encourage him to change his plans…

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