This weekend I went to pick up my race packet for Corktown and the shirt, as usual, was too big. It's worth noting that Spike, knowing my shirt issues, ordered me a youth size large in hopes that the shirt would fit a little better since they didn't have women's cut shirts. The result:
I don't mean to rag on Corktown specifically, this is an issue that I have found across the board. The shirts hardly ever fit, usually due to being boxy unisex shirts. Even when sized small or extra small they still don't fit me or any of the many other smaller framed women athletes I see at races. How many of you have a drawer full of race shirts that don't fit you properly because they are too big? I'd dare say most of you are nodding your head in agreement while easily conjuring up images of your many ill-fitting shirts. Here's just a small sampling of what I have in my drawer:
These were spared the donation pile only because I had so few long sleeved shirts when I first moved to Michigan.
I can’t tell you how many shirts that have gone straight to the donation pile because they were too large to even train in. One in particular that I was especially sad about was my BAA 5k shirt from 2010. They only had unisex shirts with a minimal amount of smaller sizes and most people had swapped down to the next size leaving almost everyone I know that ran the race with a shirt that was way too big for them because they had run out of the smaller shirts by the time we made it to packet pickup.
Now I know that the gentlemen runners out there still make up more than half of the foot race population but isn't anyone noticing that women are creeping up behind them in the ranks?!?! Not only that but don't race directors want their race promoted on the fronts of all runners; big, small, men and women alike? How often do you wear your race shirts that fit compared to those that don't? I think it's safe to assume that most of your fitted shirts see more daylight hours then those larger, ill-fitting ones that don't, so why are race directors passing up the opportunity for this free advertising by insisting on giving us ill-fitting shirts we won't/can't wear?
Actually, this gives me an idea!!!
I want to see YOUR best fitting and worst fitting tech race shirts.
You can either send them to me via email (for those of you that don't blog) or post them on your own blog. If you post on your blog please let me know and also link back to this post. I'll compile a list of everyone that participated as well as compile all of those that sent via email and post again about this on Friday. Let's put the deadline for participation as end of day Thursday, March 8th. My email is: redheadrunning (@) gmail.com and I am armed with Photoshop for those of you who wish to participate but would like to remain anonymous. Also, use #onesizedoesnotfitall or #sizematters when tweeting!
Together we can make a difference! Just think, we women running bloggers out-blog male running bloggers easily so if everyone posts just once about this maybe, just maybe, we can catch a headline on Runner's World or over on Active.com and race directors will take note. It can't hurt to try and if nothing else, we'll at least know which races DO have women's fitted race shirts!
Can I please get a shirt that fits?!?!