The Active Joe
Transgender Athletes are Actively Invited and Supported
Here at The Active Joe, it is important to me to create an inclusive and welcoming environment for all athletes, free from unfair discrimination and where you can feel that you are celebrated for being yourself. Details about the 8 Driving Principles that drive how The Active Joe operates are available here...
In February 2019, we introduced our "Transgender Athlete Entrant Policy." This policy will now be listed here on this webpage and we will highlight which of our 8 Driving Principles are fulfilled throughout this policy.
Transgender Athlete Entrant Policy for The Active Joe
The majority of the wording came from the policy issued the same date by the Western States Endurance Run. Their policy is here on their website... The Active Joe has been a sponsor of WSER since 2014 and is proud to see they are really on the forefront of tackling these issues head on in a way that supports all athletes.
I am so appreciative for the hard work the WSER Board of Trustees, along with knowledgeable members of the community, did in order for this policy to be researched, agreed upon, and then so well-worded for sharing. I thank them for their support of me mirroring their efforts so that transgender athletes feel included and supported.
To establish rules to encourage and facilitate the participation of transgender runners at The Active Joe races with the goal of ensuring fair and inclusive practices that respect the personal rights and dignity of transgender entrants while preserving the integrity of competition for awards and records based on sex.
A male-to-female transgender entrant can register for the race as a female provided the runner has been undergoing continuous, medically supervised hormone treatment for gender transition for at least one year prior to the race.
A female-to-male transgender entrant can register and compete as a male with no restrictions. The only exception is female-to-male transgender runners can no longer register to compete as a female if they have begun hormone treatment related to their gender transition that includes testosterone or any other banned substance.
A runner’s self-declared gender at registration will be accepted at face value. The sole reason for this policy is to ensure fairness regarding competition for awards and records. Therefore, there shall be no basis for, or tolerance of, any challenge to a runner’s self-declared gender unless the following is at stake: a top 3 overall male or female position, or an age group win.
The Active Joe's owner shall have the sole authority to review any challenge regarding the gender status of a top 3 male/female winner or age group winner. Any such challenge must be made directly in person or writing to the Race Director with the utmost discretion and respect for the privacy of all parties involved. The Active Joe's owner has sole discretion in determining whether there is a legitimate basis for the challenge. Challenges that do not seek to respect the privacy of the involved parties will not be reviewed.
Gender Status Review
In the event of a challenge, The Active Joe may ask the runner for documentation from a medical doctor or healthcare provider or other qualified professional certifying that the entrant has undergone continuous, medically supervised hormone treatment for gender transition for at least one year prior to the race. Transgender entrants, at their option, may provide the medical documentation related to their gender transition to the Race Director prior to the race. All information about the runner’s gender identity and medical information, including any information provided pursuant to this policy, shall be kept strictly confidential.
The final decision regarding the entrant’s gender status shall be within the sole discretion of The Active Joe's owner. If it is determined that the runner is not in compliance with these rules for transgender entrants, the runner will be allowed to keep their finisher’s medal or buckle but any awards shall be returned to the race. The Active Joe will attempt to protect the runner’s privacy interests to the maximum extent possible.
Drug Testing Policy
None of The Active Joe's races currently include drug testing. Should that change, this section will be amended regarding banned substances taken in connection with the person’s medically supervised hormone treatment for gender transition.
Any comment or statement, written or verbal, that marginalizes or denigrates an athlete based upon race, gender, gender identity, or sexuality and occurs on The Active Joe moderated Facebook pages or groups or at The Active Joe events will not be tolerated and may lead to a one year ban from any The Active Joe events.
That's the end of the policy. Additionally...
Creating Equity - Representation Matters
We understand that transgender athletes have historically had trouble competing in this sport both from a race results and divisions point of view but also regarding them feeling safe to participate as well. We have partnered with the Trail Mix Fund, an organization who fundraises to cover the entry fees for LGBTQ+ and BIPOC athletes who wouldn’t otherwise get to race. For simplicity of management, currently the Trail Mix Fund opportunity is only available with the Dinosaur Valley Endurance Run in The Active Joe race series.
I'm Available To Listen!
If anyone has any questions, please contact me at Libby@TheActiveJoe.com