The Washington Post
Sports should have included this coverage
I was very excited to open the Aug. 23 Health & Science section to see a photo of Rach Mcbride above the fold in “Endurance sports add nonbinary categories.” They are an amazing athlete, and it’s wonderful to read that they finally feel as though they have a place in certain races, thanks to the addition of a long-overdue nonbinary category.
Because the article introduced Mcbride as a professional triathlete, it should be pointed out that they also just won the professional women’s category at Ironman 70.3 Boulder. Though USA Triathlon just added a nonbinary category to its Age Group National Championships, clearly the rest of the sport is not yet as inclusive.
However, given that the inclusion of a nonbinary category is a positive trend within endurance sports and the reflection of a greater conversation within sports, in general, I couldn’t help but wonder why this article was in the Health & Science section instead of the Sports section. Seems to be the opposite of what this article is purporting to celebrate: inclusion.
Lauren Lipsey, Washington