Post # 1
So I’m signing up for a few running races this year, including my first half marathon. On the form for a 4 mile race is has an Athena class for women weighing over 145lbs. I do weigh more than that, but don’t really consider myself to be overweight. I’m really tall and had a baby 9 months ago.
Would you register as an Athena or not?
My hubby is 6’6″ and built like a football player. He did a sprint triathlon and registered as a Clydesdale. I think the cutoff was 200 pounds. He was a little pissed when his cousin, who is 6′ and just 200ls registered as a clydesdale and bumped him from 2nd to 3rd.
Post # 3
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
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
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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 # 6
I guess that’s the problem. Using a weight makes it seem like it’s about weight rather than fitness. It just doesn’t make sense to me. I’m tall and well over the weight limit, and I’m in good shape, just not a fast runner. But I know others who are heavier for their height and more out of shape who wouldn’t make the weight cut off.
For my husband in the triathlon it made sense – he’s never going to have a chance against guys who are 5’10”, weight 140 and are built to race tris.
Post # 7
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.