Beast Coast 2013 Review

This past weekend was the annual Beast Coast 2013 Jam.  This year has been one of the strongest showings for women at Beast Coast yet, though we weren’t able to...
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This past weekend was the annual Beast Coast 2013 Jam.  This year has been one of the strongest showings for women at Beast Coast yet, though we weren’t able to assemble all of them at any one point to get a complete photo!

DC has some pretty great spots, especially once you get to exploring the city outside of Gateway Park.  APK held a FAST competition which, while I’m sure was fun, didn’t have any women competing.  I was really disappointed that there wasn’t a women’s division offered–which other women at the Jam expressed disappointment with as well.  You can easily look to our sister disciplines of Track & Field or Gymnastics for example, and note that they offer both separate divisions for men and women to compete within.  This separation has nothing to do with skill, they just acknowledge a difference in average size and strength. Now I know everyone has opinions on competitions and I’m not trying to start an argument on what is right or wrong–I’m merely saying that there should be provisions in place to encourage and include women in competition.

Anyways, towards the end of the jam I was having a conversation with one of the other women there, Alice, about how much easier it is to just get out and train hard in a large group jam when there were other women around supporting and doing the same.  Now, I’ve never been one who was shy with my movement but whenever I see other women really running and jumping and challenging themselves, I find that I am far more energized and willing to push myself as well.  I hope that the numbers keep growing every year!…. and I hope to see tons of womens at the nyc womens jam in july!

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