Jonathan Mederos May Have Won a Chick Race, but Lost All Respect!
Why a dude would want to race in a dudette’s race is a little odd. Sure, if you want to actually win a big race that maybe none of the stars are racing in and then look cool while crossing the line first, I get it. It’s got to feel good but I don’t know. Isn’t it kind of emasculating to run a chick race? I mean, you get a pink t-shirt and all this other feminine-colored stuff as your swag. What, you gonna go home and give it to you girlfriend, sister or mom? I can just see the conversation:
“Hey [honey, Mom, babe, sis], I just WON the [blankety-blank] women’s half marathon, AND, I brought you home some cool stuff!”
Here would be your response.
Enter Jonathan Mederos who recently raced, and won, the Disney’s Princess Half Marathon (for women, mind you). While it’s cool he set a PR for himself he could of done that anywhere. I guess what perplexes me is how he signed up for and got into the race when he is clearly a man. I mean, it’s not like his name is Alix. I get mistaken for a dude all the time until someone sees me of course, as if the “i” in my name is not a dead give away.
Ah but, men are allowed to sign up for women’s races. Rick Cordes, who won last year’s Nike Women’s Half Marathon, was one of nearly 700 men among more than 12,700 women in the race. Hey, if you let them in, what are you expecting really? Are we supposed to pout if a dude wins?
You Cannot Dissuade All Men, But Half Naked Men Could Be A Deterrent.
So…..according to an article in The Wall Street Journal, it was announced that at the Run Like a Diva inaugural half marathon on Oct 2, finishers’ medals will be awarded by bare-chested male firefighters (boy I wish I could be there for that one). Any by the way guys, the Run Like a Diva race is part of The Women’s National Running Series™ – a series that was developed as a celebration of Womanhood…even though the bare-chested firefighters are a nice touch….and they are definitely a part of womanhood!
“We had four men signed up, but two dropped out when they heard about the firemen,” said the race organizer. “We’re making this race so girly that men won’t want any part of it.”
This is getting to sound like a Chip-n-Dales event….I am now reminded of a certain scene from Sex in the City!
In all fairness folks, let’s not be hasty. Running is for sport, and we must all be good sports. I am in favor of the half-naked men, but remember, when women in bikinis start showing up a men’s events, I don’t want to hear any complaining.