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The Shakeout Podcast: Why do women still run shorter distances than men in cross-country?

Although there have been many changes in the last year, at nearly every level women still run less than men at cross-country races in Canada. We ask various runners why

Canadian Cross-Country Gender Equity


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
Photo: Tim Huebsch

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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