Gender Policy

Competition Categories

Updated February 16, 2023

Trail Running is for Everyone

Making our events welcoming to everyone is a core value behind how we work. We are committed to being inclusive and breaking down barriers to participation, while maintaining another core value of providing the most challenging races and pushing our competitors.

This policy is meant to lift everyone up equally, and it will not diminish anyone competing in an existing category; we all rise together in the trail running community. This is a vast topic and will be reviewed annually as new best practices are developed by the international governing bodies in sports.

Competition Categories

Our event includes the following categories:

  • Solo Female
  • Solo Male
  • Solo Non-Binary

It is expected that women and men will register in their respective categories. For anyone who identifies as transgender or non-binary, see the following regulations.

Transgender Competitors

The term "Transgender" refers to individuals whose gender identity (i.e. how they identify) is different from the sex designated to them at birth, whether they are pre- or post-puberty, and whether or not they have undergone any form of medical intervention.

We are affiliated with World Athletics and we refer to their Eligibility Regulations Transgender Athletes (rule C3.5). If a runner has questions or concerns about this policy, we encourage them to contact us to find clarification, answers, and solutions.

Non-Binary Competitors

"Non-binary" is an umbrella term to describe people who identify with a gender outside of female or male. We differentiate non-binary from transgender as they are not interchangeable terms and identities. The word "non-binary" describes a wide array of different identities in addition to traditional gender norms, and can be related to, or completely separate from male and female gender identities.

  1. Competitors are able to register as Non-Binary athletes. This is a third category in addition to Female and Male.
    1. This is a self-determined category and WURA will not evaluate participation in this category.
  2. Non-Binary athletes who choose this category will be recognized in the race roster as "Non-Binary".
  3. At this time, there will be no podium awards for the Non-Binary Solo category.
    1. Our goal is to have a robust competition in each category that we offer, and we will revisit this policy if the number of Non-Binary athletes in an event reaches 15% of the total number of entrants.
    2. If a non-binary athlete wishes to compete in a podium category, they are encouraged to review the World Athletics rules and to enter the race as their birth gender.
    3. This is also done in an effort to align with international categories and rankings that are recognized by World Athletics.


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