We’re raising the Women’s Cat 3/4 prizes for 2015 to be equal to the Men’s 3 prizes! We are also opening this category up to sponsorship should anyone else want to support our efforts to bring women’s prize money on par with men’s.
We plan to give out $300 to the Men’s 3 category. This year we’re committed to giving the same sized $300 to the Women’s 3/4 category.
More women finished the 3/4 race last year than in either the Masters’ 40+ or the Masters’ 55+/60+ but the prize purse was still $50 less than for the Masters ($150 for Women, $200 for each Masters category). From a business point of view alone this indicates we need to pay out more to the women.
Even though we’re a college team who uses the proceeds from this race to fund the team’s racing and introduce new riders to this sport, we’re committed to going even further in support of women’s racing by making the Women’s 3/4 payout equal to the Men’s 3 payout, no matter that it will lower our profits. This is the right thing to do.
We will do this no matter what. However, we would be very grateful if someone would like to help us in this effort and sponsor the Women’s 3/4 prizes. For $150 or more, we will name the category after you (“The [name] Women’s 3/4 Race”) and put 100% of your donation into the prize purse to make a minimum of $300. Please contact Ian at email@example.com to discuss this opportunity.