Pioneer Kathrine Switzer ready to run New York City Marathon
Pioneer Kathrine Switzer ready to run New York City Marathon

Five decades ago, Kathrine Switzer became the first woman to officially run the Boston Marathon. On Monday (Oct 9), the 70-year-old again took part in a run along with other women in New York, Fox5ny.com reported. Switzer is in New York to prepare for next month’s marathon.

Switzer led the group of women on a run downtown and recalled her days in the Boston Marathon. She revealed how that run changed her life in 1967.

After her sprinting days, Switzer has been seen broadcasting along the marathon course.

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The septuagenerian is fit and ready to win next month’s marathon. The last time Switzer had participated and won the New York marathon was 43 years ago. At that time, the entire run was held in Central Park

The Pioneering Run

Switzer’s finish at the Boston Marathon wearing her bib number, 261, is a memorable one. She says midway through the race, the marathon officials tried to take the bib from her, but she decided to continue. Her decision of running ahead has inspired women everywhere to bring about change in the field.

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Winning Monday morning’s run was just a warm-up exercise for Switzer.

Hosted by Adidas, she and the other women in her team participated in a 5K run from the brand’s store on Broadway, over the Williamsburg Bridge, celebrating women through Switzer’s organization 261 Fearless. It offers women an opportunity to know, enhance and empower themselves in the world of running.

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According to Switzer, regardless of gender, ignoring all shapes and sizes, running is for everybody. She is a true inspiration to run ahead!

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