Subject: Restore Paula Radcliffe's Marathon World Record
Date: October 3, 2011 3:46:07 PM PDT
She earned her finish times using her own body and mind. Having men run alongside or in her vicinity does not change the fact that she ran the fastest 26.2 miles in the world for women. Having fast people in the race can push others to run their best, regardless of gender. The logic behind the new rules is weak and does not create for fair play. The rules should be gender blind. A race ran, is a race ran.
This isn't just about Paula. You are sending a message to ALL women that our accomplishments are nothing if achieved in the company of men. It's belittling and sexist. When your wife, daughter, sister, mother, or female friend comes home from a co-ed race triumphant with a personal best, will you remind her that her time is invalid because she couldn't possibly have made the mark without the men in the field?
The new rules are rubbish. They leave one to think that someone in the IAAF is afraid of women.
The Average Woman Runner