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When WTC modified the KPR system (the system that professional triathletes use to qualify for Kona — you can read more about it here and here) back in 2013, I wrote a post about how there was likely going to be a “Pregnancy Penalty” for female professional triathletes.  Four years later that potential penalty now has a …
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#50womentokona

Dear Women for Tri Board of Directors: I write regarding the announcement that three of your members will be participating in Ironman Kona in 2015.  Specifically: After conducting national research to determine the greatest barriers to women’s participation in triathlon, members of the Women For Tri board identified a need to support female athletes at the local level and …
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Longhorn

In the debate about #50WomentoKona there have been allegations that those in favor of equality are acting “uncivil” in expressing their frustrations and that they are “bullying” Ironman and the World Triathlon Corporation (“WTC”) — I have no idea how you “bully” a multi-million dollar corporation.  Setting aside whether or not vocal supporters are indeed …
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Krabel's Twitter Feed

On March 31, 2015 Slowtwitch published an interview of Beth Gerdes (who recently finished fifth at Ironman Melbourne) by Herbert Krabel.  You can read the entire interview here.  After asking Gerdes a few questions about her young daughter Wynne, Krabel asked the following question: ST: Did you two at one point consider not having the …
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#50womentokona

  March 27, 2015 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE #50WomenToKona launches TriEqual.com to promote equal opportunity for women in triathlon BOULDER – TriEqual.com, a new web site dedicated to fairness, development and equality in the sport of triathlon, goes live today, March 27, announced the founders of the growing #50WomentoKona movement. TriEqual will serve as a resource …
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I am @50WomentoKona

Who is @50WomenToKona? I am….and YOU are…. WE all are!! The #50WomenToKona movement is not only about the women in the Kona Point Ranking system. The movement is about fairness and equality for ALL women in triathlon from the beginner signing up for her very first race to the multiple time Ironman World Champion.  Having an …
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5Q

With all the buzz about #50womentokona I found a recent blog post by Kelly D. O’ Mara interesting.  Kelly argued that the fight for #50womentokona is not worth having because is so obvious that there should be equality at the Ironman World Championships: I’m having a hard time getting outraged, because it’s an obvious fight. …
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Dede Griesbauer

On March 8, 2015 thousands of tweets, Face Book posts and instagram pictures flooded social media supporting #50womentokona.  This grassroots support is fantastic, however, the direct line to WTC and Andrew Messick follows the money.  In order to continue to advocate for equality at Ironman World Championships, we need to let Ironman’s corporate partners know …
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A common criticism of the #50WomentoKona movement is that “there are more male pros than females pros, so the men deserve more spots.”  What is interesting about that argument is the reason WHY there are fewer female pros than males pros.  In the United States Elite License qualification is governed by USAT.  Looking at the …
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Jennie Hansen

When the Ironman / LifeTime Fitness Board of Advisors met in Tampa, Florida during the first week of February several members of the triathlon community, myself included, sent a letter to the board members asking them to consider the question of equal slots for female pros at Ironman World Championship races.   On February 9, 2015, the letter was …
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