Altra Running recently announced its sponsorship of two pregnant runners, Alysia Montaño and Tina Muir. Montaño is a U.S. national champion and an Olympian in the 800 meters, and Muir is a 2:36 British marathoner and host of the podcast Running for Real. In an industry that has historically penalized women for having children, this new move by Altra is setting a new standard.
“The women’s 2017-2021 deal is worse than the men’s 2011-2018 deal,” the men’s union said in a statement. “The federation continues to discriminate against the women in their wages and working conditions. ... What we believe should happen is simple. Pay the women significantly more than our recently expired men’s deal. In our estimation, the women were due at least triple what our expired deal was worth in player compensation.”