An alternative name for a "handicap" race?

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May 2016
6:45pm, 24 May 2016
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jacdaw
The term was used for racing long before it was used to mean disabled (a quick google suggests more than 250 years), so I don't see the harm in continuing to use it for races.
May 2016
6:48pm, 24 May 2016
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mbln
lol at 'Chase Me' races :)
May 2016
6:53pm, 24 May 2016
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fetcheveryone
Yeah, I looked up its origins too - it comes from "hand in cap". So if we can hope that the association with general human ability has been battered back into the dark ages, then it makes more sense that the word can resume an innocent association with sporting activity.
May 2016
7:00pm, 24 May 2016
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jennywren
Especially as in a sporting context it's about promoting fairness rather than discrimination, as it is when applied to disabled people.
May 2016
7:02pm, 24 May 2016
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fetcheveryone
Good point :-)
May 2016
7:20pm, 24 May 2016
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BaronessBL
Agree with everything jennywren has said on this thread so far.
Our club has a Hilly Handicap series... I've never thought of it as meaning anything other than weighted in favour of slower runners (I'm usually one of the first to start)
May 2016
7:44pm, 24 May 2016
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JK *chameleon*
As a tenpin bowler I was in a handicap league. Not once did I connect this to the pejorative usage - is it possible someone is trying to be a bit too PC?
May 2016
9:49pm, 24 May 2016
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FergusG
Don't think there's anything wrong with the term in this context, but if anyone insisted on a new term, I'd suggest "Graded Race".
May 2016
10:04pm, 24 May 2016
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Son of a Pronator Man
If anyone with a disability spoke up and said that they found the term offensive, I'd listen to that. But I think there;s a danger of looking offence where there is none. The able bodied being offended on behalf of people with disabilities
May 2016
8:46am, 25 May 2016
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Wazelle
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