Age Is Just A Number, Ladies! Kathrine Switzer Has Proved That


It is proved. Women, like wine, get better with age!
In 1967, when women were barred from running the marathon, Kathrine Switzer, did something unusual.
For 1967 Boston Marathon, she registered herself as K V Switzer, to hide her gender. A race official tried to physically remove her after he discovered that she was a female.
Kathrine Switzer, who is now 70, ran another marathon on Monday.
Read her amazing story.

1967: When she was removed from Boston Marathon.

It was a historic marathon because Kathrine was the first woman to succeed in the all-male marathon a female entrant.

Definitely, a struggling moment for the path-breaker.

The race gained public attention due to the inhuman act of the official.

She participated in the Boston Marathon 50 years ago and this year, too.

She is 70 years old now and has participated in the Boston Marathon.

She wrote in an essay for the New York Times…

“The marathon was a man’s race in those days; women were considered too fragile to run it.”

Yet, she covered the marathon in 1967 in 4 hours 20 minutes.

But, her boyfriend had to show his strength to the official, to protect her.

This time, in 2017 she was a little slow, she covered it in 4:44:31.

You will be surprised to know that women were allowed to participate in the marathon in 1972.

Wow! The ecstatsy on her face.

She confessed to the Boston Globe, “It was awesome out there. I hope my good time today wasn’t just because of the tailwind.”

You are an inspiration for all of us, lady!

Women joined marathons in Olympics in 1984, and since then there has been no looking back. At present, more than 50 percent of the marathon runners in the United States are women.

She has competed in over 30 marathons so far.

She won New York Marathon in 1974 in 3:07:29. Whoa! That was superb!

Kathrine is much more than just an athlete.

She has been an Emmy Award-winning television commentator, a sports and social activist and an author, too. She is also the founder of 261 Fearless, a running club for women. 261 was her number of jersey she wore in 1967 marathon.

Switzer began 2017 Boston Marathon wearing the same number, 261.


To her delight, she was given the honour of firing the gun.

Also, she is looking forward to participating in the New York Marathon this year. All the best, gal!

Kathrine has a strong message for all the women.

Being a trailblazer, she has this to say, “We learned that women are not deficient in endurance and stamina and that running requires no fancy facilities or equipment. Women’s marathoning has created a global legacy.”
Lady, you have a point here!

There is no stopping her!


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