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One Marathon in 1967 set Kathrine Switzer on the path that would direct the rest of her life. The first woman to enter and compete in the Boston Marathon was quite literally attacked by a race official who tried to pull off her bib number while she was running and who later had her disqualified. She then became an advocate for all women athletes when in 1972 women were allowed into the Boston Marathon and later the marathon for women was added to the Olympic Event Calendar in 1984. Come on in and listen to this short interview with Kathrine Switzer (She is a busy lady and we are so honored to have her here!) and learn how you too can be FEARLESS!
An iconic athlete, author, Emmy-award winning broadcaster and advocate for sports and social causes, Kathrine Switzer was the first woman to officially register and run the Boston Marathon in 1967. She was attacked in the race by an angry official who tried to rip off her bib number (#261) and throw her out of the race because she was a woman. She finished the 26.2 mile distance anyway and went on to win the 1974 New York City Marathon. She now champions women in the sport globally, most notably leading the drive to make the women’s marathon an official Olympic event in 1984.
Now, 58% of all runners in the USA are women. To celebrate this social revolution, and to support one another on active aging, Switzer ran the Boston Marathon again, at age 70, on the 50th anniversary of her iconic run, finishing only 24 minutes slower than she did when she was 20. This run launched her non-profit ‘261 Fearless’ –named after that famous bib number–which empowers women globally through running. She has been honored widely for her achievements including being inducted into the USA National Women’s Hall of Fame which recognized her for creating positive social change throughout her storied career.
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