Female Endurance Racing: The Case for Equality

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Abstract

WOMEN RACE SHORTER DISTANCES THAN MEN IN CERTAIN ENDURANCE SPORTS, INCLUDING EVENTS IN RUNNING, NORDIC SKIING, AND CYCLING. OUTDATED RATIONALES FOR DIFFERENCES IN RACE STANDARDS BETWEEN MEN AND WOMEN ARE NOT BASED ON CURRENT KNOWLEDGE OF THE FEMALE ENDURANCE ATHLETE'S PHYSIOLOGY. THE PURPOSE OF THIS ARTICLE IS TO EXAMINE EVIDENCE THAT SUPPORTS THE ARGUMENT THAT ATHLETES OF BOTH SEXES SHOULD COMPETE WITHIN THE SAME RACE STANDARDS.

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