30 minutes ago
You may remember a story I posted awhile back about my experience in my first 70.3 where everyone I met spoke to my husband (who is not a triathlete) about “his” race. How when I checked in I was ignored and totally bypassed with the assumption it was my husband racing. I was really surprised and disappointed by this treatment. But I continue to hear more stories like this. I am also hearing from others about the lack of cultural diversity. And I know it is an expensive sport and that is also a factor that can make it feel like an exclusive sport.
Statistics vary but this is about what I’ve found for the U.S.
-Triathlon 39% women 51% men
-African American .5%, Asian 2%, Hispanic/Latino 3% Caucasian 88%
-Income 40+% of Triathletes have household incomes above $80,000
Triathlon is a pretty young sport dating back to 1974. And statistics show the sport is becoming more diverse with time.
What can you or I do to help? We can raise awareness, encourage others to join the sport, be inclusive, find groups that are inclusive and supportive, join a team, and just continue to encourage each other as athletes despite any differences.
When I’m out there racing, I feel like my team is my family. I have met lifelong friends and some of the very BEST people! Triathlon has given me so very much, and I want everyone to have the opportunity to experience all it has to offer!
I know I am only touching on the subject and I feel like I can’t do it justice. But hopefully I can bring some awareness to the topic and encourage someone to seek out a way they too can be involved in the sport.
These are my #trisisters @princessrjg and @jess107z - from triathlon to charity event doing what we can to make triathlon and the world a little better!! 💖💖💖
#teamzoot #diversity #diversitymatters #triathlon