This July 16, the women who cross the finish line to take the top three spots in the Barr Trail Mountain Race will be paid 20 percent more than their male counterparts.
The race committee of this 12.6-mile race on Pike’s Peak enacted the change to reflect the wage gap between men and women in today’s workforce. In Colorado Springs, near the course, the Colorado Springs Gazette reported that women in their area make 73.6 percent the salary that men take home, according to a recent study.
The prize amounts have been increased to $420, $300, and $180 for the first, second, and third woman, respectively, and $350, $250, and $150 for the men. In fact, race sponsor Simon Gutierrez and race committee member Timothy Gore donated to the prize pool for the women personally to show their belief in the cause.
“I am passionate about equal rights across the board in minorities and I figured this was a way on a pretty big trail race to make a statement about my position on the disparity between women’s pay in general across any job—and also especially in the sports field,” Gore shared over the phone. “I have been on the committee and run the race—it is my favorite to do—and I said would make a statement. This is a grassroots race—the group that puts the race on isn’t doing it full time—and we really come together as a family.”
Nationally, USA Track & Field and the World Mountain Running Association are making strides toward gender equality on the trails. Both men and women raced the same distances at the USATF Mountain Running Championships in 2016 and this year will be the first that men and women will race the same distance and are represented by equal team sizes at the World Mountain Running Championships.