Saturday, May 1, 2010

A Letter

Dear Race Director,

I'm so looking forward to running in your race tomorrow.  It's going to be a beautiful day to run 10 hilly miles with 2700 of my closest friends.  This will be my 3rd time running your historic race, and I'm hoping to PR.

Today I stopped by the local running shop to pick up my race number and shirt.  I was excited to see people carrying out tech t-shirts because you really do get more use out of them than a cotton t-shirt.  The packet pick-up was run very efficiently--I didn't even have to wait in line.  The volunteers there were very nice and wished me luck in my race.

Then, I took a look at my shirt.  It was a small, just as I had requested, but I was dismayed to see that, despite the tag saying small, it was actually quite ginormous.  I asked for an extra small, but there were none left of that size.  They had been snatched up by the other regular-sized women who picked up their packets earlier.

Now, let me just tell you a little bit about myself.  I am not a small woman.  I would say, in all honesty, that I am a medium woman, but a woman I am.  I am not a small man or even an extra small man.  My body is different from that of a man.  You might have noticed the difference between men and women yourself at some point in time.  It is usually quite easy to tell the difference, as the shape of a man and the shape of a woman are rarely similar.  In fact, a woman's shape is quite distinctive and often highly praised.  The interesting thing about a woman's shape, is that it does not fit well into men's clothing.  That is why clothing manufacturers make men's clothing and women's clothing, instead of just clothing.

I'm sure, being a race director and all, you have raced many races yourself.  If you are a woman, quite frankly, I'm surprised there were no women's shirts today, or at least enough extra small and small men's shirts for the ladies.  If you are a man, I want to ask you if you would be excited about receiving a women's shirt at an event you participated in?  Of course, you would be able to get an extra large women's shirt, if there were any left.  That would be okay, wouldn't it??

No, that would not be okay.

I read in the paper that over 2700 people registered for this race.  If I estimate conservatively that 1/3 of the racers are women (and I would guess it is more than that), that means there are at least 900 women racing tomorrow.  Really???  You couldn't get some women's shirts??  COME ON!!!!

So, I will put your shirt at the bottom of my workout clothes drawer with all of the other men's shirts I have received at races.  I will wear it because I am proud of racing your race, but I will not like the shirt.

I challenge you to do better.

Kelly Covert,
just a Trimommy seeking a shirt that actually fits me


  1. Awesome letter! I just had the exact same problem after running the Valley Forge 5-miler. The material was lovely, but the small was definitely not designed for a woman to wear! I hope you actually send some kind of letter!!

    PS-- I love reading your blog :)

  2. I agree 100%. My 13 year old son is excited that they are giving tech shirts at races now, because he likes to wear them for lacrosse. And a men's small fits him much better than it does me. Makes sense, since he is a small man.

    See you at the finish line!

  3. You know how I feel about race shirts! Funny enough, at Ironman Texas 70.3 last weekend they had women's shirts, but they were so small that many women were complaining. I am pretty petite and the women's medium was a perfect fit for me -- and I would normally order a small. Lots of disappointed racers!

  4. Ha ha..I had to laugh because I just posted about this on Friday! It is soooo frustrating and I honestly don't know why they don't make separate shirts for men and women! Ughh!


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