Running world was taken by storm this week. After the selfie bandit runner at the Georgia Half Marathon (who continues to get coverage from media outlets who think her stunt was extremely funny instead of wrong); there was this, SELF Magazine criticizing tutu runners -
SELF Magazine’s ridicule of the tutu runners had almost everyone up in arms against them. One of the main reasons runners of every kind – serious, age group winners, recreational, back of packers, fun runners and more came together was – Monika, one of the girls featured was running the LA Marathon while undergoing chemotherapy for brain cancer. She’s also one of two founding members of a company called Glam Runner, which makes and sells tutus to raise money for the charity Girls on the Run.
SELF finally offered an apology.
SELF apologized for putting their foot in their mouth, but only AFTER they realized that Monika had cancer.
So they went oops, we picked the wrong woman.
Any other woman running in a tutu was fair target for them.
Why that ridicule for women running in tutus (and skirts, as was the debate a couple years ago)? Why that ridicule for women running in whatever they choose to wear?
Women (and men too) should be applauded for running a marathon or a 5k or anything else in between and beyond. Support them. No matter their dress, their shape, their pace, anything. Just support them. Women face criticism from other women in so many areas of life – professional setting, as a mom, in our choices. We are always pitted against one another. Why? Why can’t we let each other be and be criticism free to make the best choice for the individual us?
But you know what is an epidemic? Women training for their run and ENJOYING their runs! Like these awesome women who shared their tutu running photos with me.
Disney races have a special place for tutued runners
And then there is Brandi, who is always smiles and fun! And her mother joins in the fun, tutu included!
Colour runs are fun, made ever more fun by tutus!
And it’s always funner with runner friends all in tutus!
Tutus and every kind of running dress or costume rock, as long as they keep you running.
And as Boromir says, one does NOT make fun of a runner’s tutu.
Thanks to everyone who shared their pictures with me. This post would not be possible without you all !