Boston Marathon Runners Can Compete as Gender ‘They Specify Themselves to Be’

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BOSTON — The Boston Athletic Association, the group behind the Boston Marathon, has confirmed that it allows runners to compete as the gender with which they self-identify—a controversial allowance that has raised questions about whether it gives male runners who identify as female an unfair advantage.

“We take people at their word. We register people as they specify themselves to be,” Tom Grilk, chief of the Boston Athletic Association, told the Boston Herald. “Members of the LGBT community have had a lot to deal with over the years, and we’d rather not add to that burden.”

NPR also reports that while the Association has no explicit policy about the matter, runners have been asked for several years to compete with the same gender with which they qualified.

“We don’t require that runners outline their gender identity history with us, so we can’t say for certain how many trans runners are in our race. We do know that we have had several transgender runners in the past,” the Association outlined.

However, reports state that at least five men who identify as women have signed up to run in the marathon on April 16, with three of them being introduced in a recent article by the Canadian-based Running Magazine. They are: Stevie Romer of Woodstock, Illinois, Amelia Gapin of Jersey City, New Jersey and Grace Fisher of Hancock, Maryland.

“If they still have male [physiology], they will have an advantage over other women—there is no way around that,” Bob Girandola, associate professor in the Department of Human Biology at the University of Southern California, told the Boston Herald. “It gives them an unfair advantage. Maybe they have to have a separate category if they’re going to do that. It’s a dilemma.”

Dr. Alex Keuroghlian, director of education and training programs at the Fenway Institute, conversely told the outlet that if the men lower their testosterone levels through hormone therapy, they no longer have an advantage on women.

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“That’s a misconception and a myth,” he asserted of Girandola’s statement. “There’s no physiologic advantage to being assigned male at birth.”

Steve McConkey of 4 Winds Christian Athletics, a former avid runner himself, told Christian News Network that men still have greater muscle mass and have a larger build than their female counterparts, giving them an undeniable edge in sports activities, from weight-lifting to long-distance running.

“Many scientists say that transgender athletes do not have an advantage. However, muscle and bone advantages can never be reversed. In running, those advantages can help a runner’s stride, especially for races on the track,” he explained.

He noted that even during the 2016 Olympics in Rio, it was shown that intersex athletes had an advantage, as all three gold, silver and bronze medals in the women’s category went to those characterized as intersex. The results brought female competitor Lynsey Sharp to tears, telling reporters, “I have tried to avoid the issue all year. You can see how emotional it all was. We know how each other feels.”

“1 in 2000 are born intersex. The vast majority of transgender cases are not under this category,” McConkey outlined.

He lamented that the Boston Marathon has been allowing those who identify as the opposite gender to compete against that sex.

“They say they will check the IDs of the athlete. If there is a question, they will lean toward ‘inclusion.’ In other words, they have caved into the immoral LGBT agenda. This goes beyond science into the realm of belief,” McConkey said.

He expressed concern that the allowance will spread worldwide, frustrating female athletes.

“The current transgender athletes registered for Boston may not win, but Boston is setting the race up for future transgender racers who may be able to compete with the top performers. Boston is a trend setter. Many races throughout the world will now allow transgenders to compete [against the opposite sex],” McConkey said.

The late Anglican preacher J.C. Ryle once exhorted, “Do you want to understand what the times require of all Christians in reference to the souls of others? Listen, and I will tell you. You live in times of great liberty and abounding opportunities of doing good. Never were there so many open doors of usefulness, so many fields white to the harvest. Mind that you use those open doors, and try to reap those fields. … The time is short. The sand is running out of the glass of this old world. Then redeem the time, and endeavor not to go to Heaven alone.”

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  • Jesusdidnttap

    After the bombings you’d think they’d honor this race. Oh no! They choose to pervert it like everything else.

    • Betty Didder

      The people who carried out the bombings were piece-of-shit religious zealots like you.

  • vicnicholls

    John MacArthur indicated the 3 things that would happen when God abandons a nation: 1) sexual revolution, 2) homosexual revolution and 3) the mind can’t function or think correctly.

    • ♥LadyInChrist♥InGodITrust♥

      Sounds like America.

  • Reason2012

    Adults continue to permanently turn away from homosexuality, even after decades of believing the lie they were “born that way”, proving it’s not genetic, but the product of indoctrination, confusion, mental instability and/or abuse.

    Homosexual behavior is most literally pointed out as a sin, and God has not changed on that regard. But if a person has those inclinations but does not act upon them, does not dwell in lust upon others, but is instead struggling against them to avoid them, then it’s not a sin. It’s just like sinful inclinations of any kind: it’s acting upon it when it becomes a sin.

    And this is what God says about sin and specifically the behavior of homosexuality:

    Romans 1:26-27 ”For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: (27) And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their_lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.”

    1 Corinthians 6:9-10 ”Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate [men who willingly take on the part of a “woman” with another man], nor abusers of themselves with mankind [s odomites], (10) Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.”

    1 Timothy 1:9-10 ”Knowing this, that the law is not made for a righteous man, but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and for sinners, for unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers, (10) For_whoremongers, for them that defile themselves with mankind [s odomites], for menstealers, for liars, for perjured persons, and if there be any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine;”

    Jude 1:7 ”Even as_Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.”

    Luke 17:29 ”[Jesus said] But the same day that Lot went out of_Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all.”

    Matthew 19:4-6 ”And he [Jesus] answered and said unto them, Have ye not read, that he which made them at the beginning made them male and female, (5) And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh? (6) Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.”

    Jesus made it quite clear God made us male and female so that a man will leave his father and mother (not two fathers, not three mothers and so on) and cleave onto his wife (not his husband and so on).

    The Word of God rebukes us all – even if we all try to say we don’t believe the Bible, the very Word of God will be our judge when we face Him. And God is a righteous judge and will judge us all – not turn a blind eye to our sin. Do not be deceived by the world: it’s God we will have to convince that His word was a lie, not men. What happened in Noah’s day when the entire world rejected God? Did God spare them because there were so many? No – they all perished except for Noah and his family!

    Proverbs 9:10 ”The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.”

    God spared not His chosen people – we are kidding ourselves if we think He will spare the United States of America if we choose to blatantly turn away from Him.

    Jeremiah 12:17 ”But if they will not obey, I will utterly pluck up and destroy that nation, saith the LORD.”

    Luke 17:28-30 “So also as it was in the days of Lot: they ate, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they built; (29) but the day Lot went out of Sodom, it rained fire and brimstone from the heaven and destroyed them all. (30) Even so it shall be in the day when the Son of Man is revealed.”

    Romans 1:18-32 “For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold [suppress] the truth in unrighteousness; Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them.

    For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.

    Therefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves: Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.

    For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.

    And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient; Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, m urder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful: Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.”

    The entire Bible points out men having_sex with men is an abomination. Likewise woman having_sex with women. It’s not just Paul that pointed it out.

    Genesis 19:4-13 “But before they lay down, the men of the city, even the men of S odom, compassed the house round, both old and young, all the people from every quarter: And they called unto Lot, and said unto him, Where are the men which came in to thee this night? bring them out unto us, that we may know them [men wanting to have_sex with men].

    And Lot went out at the door unto them, and shut the door after him, And said, I pray you, brethren, do not so wickedly. Behold now, I have two daughters which have not known man; let me, I pray you, bring them out unto you, and do ye to them as is good in your eyes: only unto these men do nothing [he offers his daughters to be_raped to keep them from having_sex with another man – shows_rape is not the issue but male on male_sex]; for therefore came they under the shadow of my roof.

    And they said, Stand back. And they said again, This one fellow came in to sojourn, and he will needs be a judge: now will we deal worse with thee, than with them. And they pressed sore upon the man, even Lot, and came near to break the door. But the men put forth their hand, and pulled Lot into the house to them, and shut to the door. And they smote the men that were at the door of the house with blindness, both small and great: so that they wearied themselves to find the door.

    And the men said unto Lot, Hast thou here any besides? son in law, and thy sons, and thy daughters, and whatsoever thou hast in the city, bring them out of this place: For we will destroy this place, because the cry of them is waxen great before the face of the LORD; and the LORD hath sent us to destroy it.”

    These two messengers were sent to destroy that place before the event where they tried to_rape these messengers.

    Leviticus 18:22 “Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination.”

    Leviticus 20:13 “If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination …”

    Even cross-dressing is an abomination:

    Deuteronomy 22:5 “The woman shall not wear that which pertaineth unto a man, neither shall a man put on a woman’s garment: for all that do so are abomination unto the LORD thy God.”

    Deuteronomy 23:17 “There shall be no_whore of the daughters of Israel, nor a s odomite of the sons of Israel.”

    1 Kings 22:46 “And the remnant of the s odomites, which remained in the days of his father Asa, he took out of the land.”

    1 Kings 15:11-12 “And Asa did that which was right in the eyes of the LORD, as did David his father. And he took away the s odomites out of the land, and removed all the idols that his fathers had made.”

    2 Kings 23:7 “And he brake down the houses of the s odomites, that were by the house of the LORD, where the women wove hangings for the grove.”

    Ezekiel 16:49-50 “Behold, this was the iniquity of thy sister S odom, pride, fulness of bread, and abundance of idleness was in her and in her daughters, neither did she strengthen the hand of the poor and needy. And they were haughty, and committed abomination before me: therefore I took them away as I saw good.”

    And the “pride” parades about homosexuality are more of the same.

    Even Jesus points out marriage is a man and a woman.

    Matthew 19:4-5 “And he answered and said unto them, Have ye not read, that he which made them at the beginning made them male and female, And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh?”

    Not father and father. Not mother and mother. Not his husband.

    And only two people of opposite gender can become “one flesh”.

    Live forever, people – not temporarily only to be cast out for living for the things of this world.

    May God/Jesus Christ be glorified!

    • sb

      “Adults continue to permanently turn away from homosexuality, even after decades of believing the lie they were “born that way”, proving it’s not genetic, but the product of indoctrination, confusion, mental instability and/or abuse.”

      If really really believed in your nonexistent joke of a God, you’d know that you said something here that would send you to hell for lying. Even you and your brain-dead Christian brethren understand that what you just said here is a crock of shit — and even if you didn’t know this, you’d be wrong.

      It cracks me up that despite the obese redneck cross-waving lunatics of America praying their asses off, homosexuality and gay marriage continue to become more and more popular and accepted. YOU ARE LOSING, YOU STUPID CUNTS. Quote scripture all you want, sob and bellow and wail all you like about Satan, but the real world doesn’t care about you. You can go eat shit and when you die you’ll be worm food like everyone else. If there were a heaven, it sure as fuck wouldn’t let your dumb ugly asses in.

  • Brian Curtis

    Homophobic bigotry (and anti-trans bigotry) is doing a fine job of bringing down evangelical and fundamentalist faith all on its own. And it’s because people are STARTING to think, not stopping.

    • vicnicholls

      Tell that to Christ when you meet Him. I think He will just say, get away from me, you who practice evil. I never knew you.

      His ways are not our ways, and His thoughts not our thoughts. Satan is claiming his own, which is everyone who believes that.

      Seems Adam thought his way also, and it got him thrown out of Eden and cursed.

      • Brian Curtis

        Threats do not inspire devotion any more than hatred does. Stick with this message, and you few oh-so-righteous haters will be discarded while the rest of the world moves on.

      • sb

        Keep babbling about legends from book as if they are historical accounts, you mindless twat. The rest of us live in the real world, not in a world of discredited, sad fables.

      • Brian Curtis

        Your threats are no more helpful to your faith than the bigotry is.

        • There is no threats or bigotry in what Vic said. He only told you the truth.

          • vicnicholls

            II Thess. 2:10-12. They perish because they refused to love
            the truth and so be saved. For this reason God sends them a powerful
            delusion so that they will believe the lie and so that all will be
            condemned who have not believed the truth but have delighted in

          • Amen!

    • People like you are the bigots. You are bigoted to the truth of God and His Holy Word and you are not helping these LGBT folks by affirming them and their psychosis.

  • keats5

    So sad for the women who would have otherwise had a fair chance.

  • Amos Moses – He>i

    first normalize homosexuality, then all other depravity, then chaos ………….. and all the “feminists” remain silent ….. and what they think they fought for is going for naught …………