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Sports should have included this coverage

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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

 ?? STEPHEN SPERANZA For THE WASHINGTON POST ?? Rach Mcbride on Day 3 of the Leadville stages mountain bike race in Leadville, Colo., on July 31.
STEPHEN SPERANZA For THE WASHINGTON POST Rach Mcbride on Day 3 of the Leadville stages mountain bike race in Leadville, Colo., on July 31.

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