Frankly, I don’t know how else they would have done it.
BOSTON (AP) — In 1967, a Boston Marathon official nearly dragged a woman off the course after she managed to enter the men’s-only race. Five decades later, race officials aren’t as concerned about gender boundaries: They’re now publicly acknowledging that transgender runners can compete using the gender they identify with.
“We take people at their word. We register people as they specify themselves to be,” said Tom Grilk, chief of the Boston Athletic Association, the group behind the race. “Members of the LGBT community have had a lot to deal with over the years, and we’d rather not add to that burden.”
At least five openly transgender women are signed up to run the storied 26.2-mile race through Boston and its suburbs April 16. And while they aren’t the first, their presence helped bring clarity to the race’s stance on transgender runners.
Remember that there is real money on the line here for the winners – $150,000 each for the man and woman who wins. Google tells me that the fastest marathon time for a man is about 2 hours and 2 minutes while it is about 2 hours and 15 minutes for a woman. Look for a transgender woman to start winning the marathon in record time and natural women (not sure what the PC term is for someone who identifies with the gender they were born with) will be ticked. Then it’ll all end up in court. Yippee.