Go, girl! (Guys: cheer from the sidelines.)

Go, girl! (Guys: cheer from the sidelines.)

This Saturday is the Women’s Fitness 5K race at Crystal Lake Park.

It’s a women-only race that’s been around for 25 years now.

For the first time ever, two men registered for the race this year.

Race Director Jan Seeley said she contacted one of the entrants, who registered online and didn’t realize it was a women’s race. He’s getting a refund.

She hadn’t reached the other guy as of Tuesday afternoon. Seeley said he’d signed up with a female friend.

While the race brochure doesn’t specifically say the race is limited to women, with a name like “Women’s Fitness Run,” most people figure it out.

“Given that this is first time in 25 years (with a male entrant), I think most people know it’s just for women,” Seeley said. “I haven’t had anybody ever make a stink.”

But apparently some men enter women’s races to better their chances of winning, or support a wife or girlfriend. Or to try and get a phone number.

The Wall Street Journal ran this front-page story today about guys who crash women’s road races.

If you’re a man looking to be involved with a road race this weekend in Champaign-Urbana, Seeley will welcome you — as a race volunteer.

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dw wrote on September 21, 2010 at 8:09 pm

Wow! Sexual harassment as a tactic used to dissuade male competitors!

But it could really backfire: Many of my guy friends would LOVE to get presented a pink boa trophy by barechested firemen. They'd be asking "Why don't *I* get a big hug and a kiss too?" They're more into volleyball tho'

sahuoy wrote on September 22, 2010 at 4:09 am

So this is where the girl of my dreams lives? I have to chase her down, its all I've got left. She's got the pay, the SUV, the kids, my paycheck and now my self respect too? Begging and graveling knows no bounds...SuCKeR She only sees you as adding to her war chest after she's done with you. A real captain doesn't go down with the ship, he jumps to sail with the woman of his dreams on another day... She is woman, hear her roar or was that him?