(Closed) running races – would you register as an Athena

posted 7 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
2103 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I signed up as Athena for the triathlon I did last summer…it was my first and I am NOT in elite athletic shape at all, so it’s putting me in the same category as others like me…that’s not to say that a kickass female athlete cant weight more than 145. You can bet there will be some of those ladies in the Athena class as well. I think it’s just a matter of preference and really only matters if you have a snowball’s chance of finishing at the top of the class.

Post # 4
13096 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

I absolutely would!  I was in really good shape a couple of years ago and ran 3 half marathons in the span of 3.5 months.  I weighed 175 lbs.

Signing up in Athena doesn’t mean that you are overweight or out of shape at all!

Post # 5
320 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2012 - Wynn Las Vegas/Bouchon Bistro

Man, this was always something that really bothered me. I think to have 145 be the weight limit for Athenas is redonkulous. (Although there would be problems at putting the weight limit at any arbitrarily decided number as well.) I wore smalls in running shorts when I was that size. I also qualified for the Boston Marathon twice at that size.

I just don’t understand the purpose. If it’s trying to allow people to compete against people from a similar skill level, it doesn’t work to just use weight.

Post # 7
1152 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I have never seen a race with one of these categories.  Mine have only ever requested my time.  My friend would be an “athena” but she’s faster than me- I run a 1:50 half and she runs a 1:35 half…seems like a stupid measure of fitness.

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