American women may have been gifted the right to vote nearly a hundred years ago, but it took much longer for them to earn the right to move their bodies at a pace faster than skipping. Progress, however, continues to be made with the return of the Divas 5K, a race in which women as young as 8 are -- at last -- allowed to run.
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This Sunday morning, skeptics will assume that there is some kind of sale on kitchen equipment at the end of the course in Tropical Park. But that's just the kind of paleolithic thinking that the Divas 5K is here to overturn. Instead, there will be more than $11,000 in prizes of cosmetic treatments from the Pascual, MD chain of medical spas.
There are 14 different age groups for competition. (Pity the race official who dares ask a diva her age!) First place in each group will win Botox. Second gets laser hair removal. Third place gets laser teeth whitening.
The Continental Road Racing website claims that "This series is all about girl power," a term that here has less in common with feminism than with coal power, a process by which coal is tossed in a furnace to generate profit to the detriment of society as a whole.
While the youngest age group, 14 and under, is not eligible for any of the cosmetic procedures, the next age group up -- children between 15 and 19 -- are able to win the teeth whitening and laser hair removal.More »