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Episode 3: Rach McBride

Updated: Aug 5

3x Ironman Champion Rach McBride Talks About the Push to Make Sports More Inclusive

Today three-time Ironman champion Rach McBride joins the podcast to discuss the challenges triathlons provides, Rach’s love of extreme sports and being an advocate for non-binary athletes.

Rach is no stranger to physically demanding sports, being an amateur champion in Olympic distance triathlon, a two-time bronze medalist at the ITU Long Distance Championships, holds a number of course records, and has competed in the Red Bull 400 in Whistler, B.C. And Rach says they keep getting better with age, having raced their fastest marathon earlier this year. In today’s episode, Rach shares their training tips, and the difference between being an athlete in their 30s and 40s.

All of Rach’s accomplishments has led them to be dubbed “The Most Interesting Woman in Triathlon”, but they’re changing the way people think, substituting “woman” for “person” as they work towards making sports more inclusive for non-binary athletes. In today’s episode, Rach talks about the struggles associated with the separation of sports into male and female and how they’d like to see that changed.

We also talk about:

• Empowerment • Making sports more inclusive

• Age and training

• Being a role model for non-binary athletes

• Triathlons and Red Bull 400

Quote:

“One thing I love about events like Red bull 400 and triathlons is that it is also about community, that it is a really inclusive space. Even for Ironman and iron distance racing…you’re seeing people of all different ages, abilities, body shapes, everything coming together to race.”

– Rach McBride, Triathlete

Resources:

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