“I struggled with how I wanted to spend the 1 year anniversary of my Mom’s death but ultimately decided on the Grand Canyon. There is magic for me in the Canyon and so my wife and I planned our trip. Throughout this year I was discovering all the new ways I could connect with my Mom and, as strange as it sounds, I have felt even closer to her since her death. Much of that closeness I have experienced during my time running and hiking in nature. That realization is both comforting and painful.”
On Thursday, March 17th, Lia Thomas became the first transgender athlete to win an NCAA swimming championship, taking the title in the 500yd. freestyle. In so doing, her accomplishment sparked an outpouring of debate around the issue of equity in female sports: whether there are defining lines in an increasingly gender-expressive world and if so, who gets to define them. Is there a safe and fair way to distinguish what constitutes gender with regard to athletic competition? Does the basic human right to claim your own true identity have to be at odds with the necessity of female sports to be considered on their own terms?
After the culmination of our first triathlon camp, one of the campers posted the sentiment that not only underlies camp, but also permeates everything we do at NYX Endurance: this is a team sport. Sure, we each put on our own bib number at a race, but if you’ve never been to a team event, you may not know the extent to which coming together propels us towards feats we may never have known ourselves to be capable of.
This June marks the 50th anniversary of Title IX, which has led to a dramatic increase in the number of women and girls participating in athletics. The progress over the past 50 years is undeniable.