This week we speak with Kathrine Switzer, who has long been one of running’s most iconic figures. She was the first woman to officially run the Boston Marathon in 1967. Her entry revolutionized the sporting world when a photo of her being physcially attacked by the race director trying to remove her bib was spread across the globe. That photo, has been immortalized by Time-Life becoming one of their “100 Photos that Changed the World”.
She went on to campaign for women, ensuring their official status by 1972 in the Boston Marathon. After, she created and organized a global series of races, called the Avon International Running Circuit—400 races in 27 countries for over a million women. Through those races she was instrumental in demonstrating women’s running capability to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and getting women’s marathon included in the Olympics in 1984.
We talk with Katherine about her passion for running, helping women and running the Boston Marathon again in 2017 at age 70, in honor of the 50th anniversary of her historic first run. At age 72, she is a great example of creating the habits of a happier, longer life! You’ll love her story here.