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VOLTWOMEN  Constantly pushing limits - Currently focusing on women’s participation rates in the marathon ⚡️ #voltwomen #iwdrun

MORE WOMEN RUNNING THE MARATHON!. At the cheering point by the Eiffel tower, during Paris marathon I look at the rows of runners. The concentration and focus – the occasional leg cramp and outburst of pain or will power and the sound of feet ponding by the 30K mark where we were jumping and chanting – in the middle of it all I realized that the surprising 25%/75% division between male and female participants was indeed literally here – in physically presence of so few women.
In my head they fill out a huge role, we have talked about women in running for a long time – but here it was evident that something is blocking women’s participation. Whether it is the lack of stories told leading up to the race, the lack of a place for building heroes or the lack of confidence with all the realness that that holds too.
We came to Paris to celebrate running. To make sure the story is told.
European marathons has a surprisingly low participation. We came home with a debut marathon, two PRs, and grand support. And more work to do to make more women run the marathon distance.
Full video on our IGTV

Made by @hlenie & voltwomen for @nikerunning

Copenhagen marathon 2019

“Fuck it, let’s do it.

Sunrise brought a renewed energy from the team. Everyone was rested, except for Michaela. Hannah and Lydia were rolling out 3:50 pace per kilometre seemingly endlessly. Molly was laughing, and Bec was Bec - there’s not a pessimistic bone in her body. We were hunting down miles on Death Valley Road…until we weren’t.” @tempojournal

"As we climbed out of LA and into the desert, we knew we had a solid lead on the other teams. Phase one of our route “hack” only saved us a few miles, but it kicked us into high gear - though I’m not sure if it was from the excitement of finding a faster route, or purely a natural response from our competitive and fierce group of women." @tempojournal

“When we decided to enter a female team in the 2019 race, our goal was simple - to set a new women’s record. At 10:30pm on the first night of the race, I wasn’t even sure we would finish.

How could this all go so wrong? Had we turned ourselves into the laughing stock of the running world by making one bad decision? Were our runners safe? Could we even get out of here?

We made three critical decisions during the race, but the foundation was laid 36 hours before the start, over dinner in Venice. There were whispers that some teams had found new routes to get out of LA, with suggestions that it was possible to turn right off the start line instead of left, and save up to 15 miles. Ultimately that route didn’t eventuate for us based on runner safety and a lack of time to scout our ideas, but we did stumble across a route that we thought could save us up to 6 miles in the first 3 hours. The downside was that it had significantly more climbing than the main route.” @tempojournal

Dear followers and unfollowers.
We wanted to make a public excuse for the three posts on Caster Semenya. We never intended to spread a false word, or be the voice of discrimination and suppression. We wanted to share an explanation why IAAF did as they did, however we clearly did not make it clear that it was a text for discussion, nor did we share our own perspective - We see now that our intention didn’t meet our action.
We always want an open discussion, and was happy to see so many disagreeing with what being said, as we feel the same and have taken your critique that we need to be clearer when we share the words of others, into consideration.

Our posts and your comments will remain as a reminder to ourselves that we should be better and clearer in our communication.
If you want to share more thought we are very open and per usual our platform is open for takeovers that pushes and challenges us, each other and the world. ❤️⚡️❤️

It’s being said she has a genetic advantage - does that make it wrong? Does it make her less worthy? #letherrun

If you read the text posted about Semenya yesterday, you’d know we posted the facts on why the rules has been made. Not our words, but to tell the facts from one of the doctors working with her. The grace with which Caster Semenya has carried herself over the last 10 years is absolutely remarkable. She has endured criticism, hatred, and an invasion of privacy for no other reason than choosing to be herself. Semenya has emerged as a role model and someone to be admired. Someone we admire as well, that is never and has never been doubted. But it’s good to listen to all parties and understand where they come from, this is how discussion and knowledge is made. The most terrifying thing in the world, is thinking your own opinion is the only thing that matters, and that your wisdom is the only truth.

“The presence of the Y-chromosome is THE single greatest genetic “advantage” a person can have. That doesn’t mean that all men outperform all women, but it means that for elite sport discussion, that Y-chromosome, and specifically the SRY gene on it, which directs the formation of testes and the production of Testosterone, is a key criteria on which to separate people into categories.
So going back to the premise that women’s sport is the PROTECTED category, and that this protection must exist because of the insurmountable and powerful effects of testosterone, my opinion on this is that it is fair and correct to set an upper limit for that testosterone…
The advantage enjoyed by a Semenya is not the same as the one enjoyed by say, Usain Bolt, or LeBron James, or Michael Phelps, because we don’t compete in categories of fast-twitch fiber, or height, or foot size (pick your over simplification for performance here). So Semenya has a genetic advantage, by virtue of A) having a Y-chromosome and testes, and B) being unable to use that T and/or one of its derivatives enough to have developed fully male.” By Tucker for @letsrundotcom

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