On this week’s episode, Canadian Running editor Michael Doyle and podcast producer Joan Chung revisit the lingering question of gender equity in cross-country races in Canada. One year ago, this issue came to the foreground, particularly in the Canadian university scene, and currently there are still differences in distances between boys and girls, men and women, varying across provinces and federations. Several athletes and experts weigh in on the controversy, explore the reasons for the disparity, draw on personal experiences, and offer potential solutions to the on-going issue. 

READ MORE: Ontario University Coaches Vote to Increase Women’s Cross-Country Distance

U Sports Cross-Country
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We speak with Leslie Sexton, Victoria Coates, Sasha Gollish, Branna MacDougall, and Brogan MacDougall, along with science writer and contributing editor for Canadian Running Alex Hutchinson. Each voice thoughtfully examines the situation and it’s clear that the conversation not only remains relevant but also needs to continue.  

 

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Sasha Gollish
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Editor’s note: The Canadian university system, when referred to as the CIS on this week’s episode, is now known as U Sports.


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  • Ian says:

    Many good reasons that distances would have been different historically. Men and women are biologically different, women historically had lower participation rates in sports, etc. I don’t think distances were made different to be sexist towards women.
    Ian MacDougall

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