Trail Sisters Approved

Provide women the race day they deserve.

Add your race and make it Trail Sisters Approved today!

Trail Sisters Approved Standards

The Commitment

About the Program

In 2019 Trail Sisters created the first of its kind program to support, enhance, and equalize women’s experience in trail racing. Trail Sisters founder Gina Lucrezi created the Trail Sisters Approved Standards in collaboration with runners and race directors as a course of action to provide women the race day experience they deserve.

Lucrezi has been identifying voids of equity in the sport since beginning her professional career in 2009. All segments of the sport and industry need work, but trail races specifically can quickly achieve meaningful change by following the 5 easy to implement standards. The standards are easy to understand, simple to implement and come and no additional costs for race directors.

By implementing these standards race events commit to a welcoming experience for women participants. This will help to increase women’s participation in trail (and ultra) events as well as provide awareness of the needs, expectations, and support, female runners’ desire. 

This program is a win for everyone.

Equal Podium & Awards

Trail Sisters Approved races offer an equal number of podium spots and equal awards amongst men & women participants.

Women's Specific Apparel & Swag

Trail Sisters Approved races provide women’s specific apparel. If offering race shirts, a women’s fit and sizing option must be included. Unisex is not a substitute for women’s specific.

Menstrual Products

Menstrual Products at Aid Stations

Trail Sisters Approved races will have menstrual products available and visible on all aid station tables in races that are a half marathon and longer. 

Women on the Starting Line

Trail Sisters Approved races will invite women to be on the starting line. This can be achieved with a designated area (half the starting line for women), or by a simple announcement welcoming women to the front. 

Starting in 2024

Pregnancy & Postpartum Policy

Beginning in 2024, Trail Sisters Approved races will offer a Pregnancy & Postpartum Policy. Whether planned or unplanned, expected or unexpected start or end to a pregnancy, healing and recovery time are required for a women’s overall health. Policy details are decided by the race director, but we recommend at least one to two years deferral depending on the race distance, and/or a refund option.

Make your Race Trail Sisters Approved!

Commit to making these simple steps a part of your event. Race Directors can claim their race listing and easily make their race Race Trail Sisters approved. Runners, please help us by spreading the word to Race Directors you know!

Upcoming Trail Sisters Approved Races

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Running Up For Air
3H
6H
12H
24H
February 23, 2024
Ogden
, Utah
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Running Up For Air
3H
6H
12H
24H
February 23, 2024
Pine
, Colorado
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Angry Tortoise 25k / 50k
25K
50K
February 24, 2024
Bryceville
, Florida
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Fort Ebey Kettles Trail Run
5M
10M
13.1M
26.2M
February 24, 2024
Coupeville
, Washington
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The Big Alta
50K
28K
February 24, 2024
San Rafael
, California
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Lord Hill
5K
10M
20M
50K
February 24, 2024
Snohomish
, Washington
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The Hoot Winter Trail Race
8K
February 24, 2024
Thunder Bay
, Ontario
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Naked Creek Trail Race
10K
25K
March 2, 2024
Charlottesville
, Virginia
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Little Backyard Adventure
6H
12H
March 9, 2024
Olympia
, Washington
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Running Up For Air
3H
6H
12H
March 9, 2024
Issaquah
, Washington
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Rabid Raccoon 100
100M
100K
13.1M
5K
March 15, 2024
Beaver Falls
, Pennsylvania
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Old West Trail Runs
50K
26.2M
13.1M
March 16, 2024
Shelter Valley
, California
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Siuslaw Dunes
50K
20M
12K
March 16, 2024
Florence
, Oregon
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XTERRA Black Canyon Trail Run
6K
10K
21K
42K
March 17, 2024
Black Canyon City
, Arizona
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Dogwood Ultra Marathons
10M
12H
24H
48H
Loops
March 22, 2024
Green Bay
, Virginia