I’ve seen the question asked many times throughout the past few years. Why are there less women competing at races over the 50k distance? The answer is complex and multifaceted, but to really find the answer we need to understand the psychological experience that women have when they participate in a sport where they are under-represented.
Allisa is a Colorado ultrarunner who lives for long days in the mountains. Sometimes racing gets in the way of adventuring so you are more likely to find her on top of a peak than at a starting line. She has two Australian Cattle Dogs that chase her through the mountains and a husband who is usually a step ahead of her, encouraging her to pursue bigger and bolder things. When she’s not running you can find her in her garden with her 10 chickens.