At 70, Sprinting Legend Kathrine Switzer Readies For NY 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.
Kathrine Switzer, one of the most iconic figures in women’s sports, will receive #USATF Pioneer Award at Gala
— USATF (@usatf) October 10, 2017
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.
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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
— Kathrine Switzer (@KVSwitzer) October 10, 2017
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.
— Kathrine Switzer (@KVSwitzer) October 7, 2017
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.
Kathrine Switzer – inspiration and motivation for change pic.twitter.com/pk5Btyw4Ac
— Lisa Greenawalt (@GreenawaltLisa) October 10, 2017
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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!
Great going, Champ!
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