Diversity Statement

The Finger Lakes Runners Club welcomes runners of all races, ethnicities, and gender identities at our running events and races. However, we recognize that some groups are underrepresented at our events and that this is a result of broader ideas, policies, and structures embedded deep within our culture. We believe that running is a sanctuary accessible to all people, and it’s heartbreaking that this is not always true for BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) runners.

We acknowledge that condemning racist actions and passively welcoming diverse participants is not enough, and that we must take action to make our events better reflect the diversity in our community. We have thus formed the FLRC Diversity Committee, where we are working to encourage underrepresented groups to join our running community and participate in our events.

We are continually working to improve, but here are some points we’d like to highlight:

  • We encourage all people, regardless of ability, age, appearance, body type, educational background, ethnicity, gender, gender expression or identity, marital status, nationality, political affiliation, race, religion, or any other demographic, to participate in our events.
  • To the extent possible, we will attempt to accommodate athletes with disabilities at our events. If you have an accommodation request, please contact the race director in advance.
  • We support diverse community groups in our philanthropy efforts.
  • Our races and memberships have affordable prices.
  • We hold competitive and non-competitive events, where all runners are welcome to enjoy a safe and inclusive environment.
  • We publish explanations of what to expect for those attending our races for the first time.
  • We encourage runners to register using their gender identity; a non-binary option is also available.
  • We do not tolerate any forms of harassment or microaggressions by race directors, volunteers, participants, or spectators of our events. If you witness or experience any form of harassment, please reach out to the director of the event, or if you are not comfortable, to the FLRC Compliance Officer or a member of the Board of Directors.

Finally, we encourage input into our efforts to improve diversity. Members of the community are always welcome to attend meetings of the Diversity Committee or to participate in the committee on a regular basis. Contact the chair of the Diversity Committee at diversity@fingerlakesrunners.org for more details.

Anti-Harassment

We expect all FLRC members, participants, volunteers, and spectators to be respectful of others at our events and in the community. FLRC will not tolerate any harassment or inappropriate actions based on any aspect of an individual’s identity at our events. This includes unwelcome jokes or comments, cyber-bullying, exclusionary or intimidating behavior and language, requests of a sexual nature, or any other inappropriate behavior. It is the responsibility of anyone who experiences or witnesses inappropriate behavior to report it to the FLRC Compliance Officer at compliance@fingerlakesrunners.org or through a confidential Web form that accepts anonymous reports. Violating our behavioral standards may result in sanctions including revocation of membership without refund or bans from future FLRC events.