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. 

Including women on the start line recognizes and celebrates their participation, and provides media coverage and highlight opportunities.

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 woman’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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Leavenworth Skyline 30k
27K
May 25, 2024
Leavenworth
, Washington
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Suffer on Centennial
8K
25K
50K
100K
May 25, 2024
Whiteshell Provincial Park
, Manitoba
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Stumptown Trail Runs
50K
13.1M
May 25, 2024
Portland
, Oregon
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Elsa Chicken Plucker Backyard Ultra
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May 25, 2024
Charleston
, Illinois
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Sugar Badger 50/50 and Half Marathon
50M
50K
13.1M
May 25, 2024
Belleville
, Wisconsin
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Blackfoot Ultra
100K
50M
50K
25K
May 25, 2024
Edmonton
, Alberta
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Lord Hillbilly
2H
4H
6H
May 25, 2024
Snohomish
, Washington
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Conquer the Cove 25K & Marathon
25K
26.2M
May 26, 2024
Roanoke
, Virginia
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Charlie Horse Trail Half-Marathon
13.1M
May 26, 2024
Mohnton
, Pennsylvania
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Sweat, Swat, 'n Swear!
50K
25K
10M
May 26, 2024
Inverness
, Florida
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Ravenna Run the Ravine
4K
8K
12K
May 28, 2024
Seattle
, Washington
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Running Up For Air
3H
6H
12H
24H
May 31, 2024
Provo
, Utah
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Night Owl Trail Marathon, Half, and 10K
26.2M
13.1M
10K
June 1, 2024
Waynesville
, Ohio
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Pengelly Double Dip & Bob Hayes Single Dip
13.1M
10K
June 1, 2024
Missoula
, Montana
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Cape Mountain
50K
25K
10K
June 1, 2024
Florence
, Oregon