A global network of champions, driving change to support female athletes.
HOW DID SHERACES COME ABOUT?
SheRaces was founded by Sophie Power, ultrarunner, trustee of Women in Sport and mother of 3
"I was famously photographed racing the UTMB, a 106 mile mountain race whilst breastfeeding my 3 month old baby. I wanted to defer my place until I was fully fit but whilst the organisation will defer places for injury, for them pregnancy is seen as a choice. Completing the UTMB was a dream for me, and having already lost a hard won place whilst pregnant with my first son I chose to race. Many women lose out on that opportunity.
Several race directors contacted me after my story went viral saying they were embarrassed they had never thought about pregnancy - or even that women have different experiences of races to men. They wanted to know how they could improve their race and value female athletes equally to male.
Many more women have contacted me sharing their experiences and asking for support in making race policies equitable. Our campaign has already had some major wins but there is a long way to go.
I founded She Races to ensure women have the same opportunities as men. Where races are designed through a female lens as well as a man’s. Where we are encouraged to participate, that our differences are taken into account and our achievements are held in equal regard.
BECAUSE A WOMAN’S PLACE IS ON THE START LINE.