Ore to Shore Responds to Cash Prize Sexism Allegations After Petition Calls for Changes

MARQUETTE, Mich. (WLUC) — Ore to Shore says it is aware of concerns about the “perceived inequitable distribution of runner prizes between men and women in its 48-mile event.”

He released the following statement Wednesday evening after a petition was circulated asking for changes.

“Our prize structure has been more than fair based on the number of entrants in each division. However, we appreciate the concern raised and understand how one person might perceive an inequity. Here are the facts about the historical prize distribution in money from Ore to Shore.

The total prize money has been weighted more for the men’s field as it is much larger. For example, in the 2021 48-mile race, there were 74 female participants and 560 male participants. In fact, for more than 10 years, the average participation in the 48-mile race has been around 90% men and 10% women.

So, based on our current prize breakdown, the top 20 men share $4,835 in prize money while the top 5 women share $3,750. Runners receive 43% of the total prize money to be won in the 48-mile event. Only the top 3.57% of male runners received prize money, while the top 6.57% of female runners received prize money.

Ore to Shore is a volunteer-run, non-profit organization that has been organizing and developing grassroots bike racing for over 20 years. This event attracts more than 2,500 runners participating at several levels. Above all, our priority is that all riders are happy, safe and satisfied. Based on the perceived female/male prize inequality raised by some of our runners, the Ore to Shore Race has added prizes for the 2022 race and is reassessing how prizes will be redistributed for future races. The 2022 48-mile race prize distribution will be equally allocated to the men’s champ ($4,835) and the women’s champ ($4,835), regardless of the number of participants in each group. For the 2022 48-mile race, the prize structure will have equal payout for men and women:

Ore to Shore shared this graphic with TV6.(WLUC)

The restructuring of our award is in line with Ore to Shore’s goal of being the premier mountain bike racing event in the Midwest. The Ore to Shore would like to thank Love & Bicycles of Negaunee Michigan for embracing this opportunity to increase rider fairness, participation and recognition by pledging the additional prize money necessary to make the structure of Expanded prizes for this year’s race. We are busy preparing for the 2022 race on August 13 and expecting another record turnout of runners and spectators!

Scott Tuma

Race Director »

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