Interview with Kathrine Switzer -Running Fearless!

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Kathrine Switzer revolutionized women’s running when she broke the gender barrier and became the first woman to run the Boston Marathon with a bib number. That was in 1967.

Kathrine just completed the 2017 Boston Marathon at the age of 70 -a record 50 year anniversary celebration of the run that changed her life and the lives of millions of women around the world.

You’re going to love this podcast interview!

Kathrine Switzer 1967 and 2017

Boston Marathon 1967

A woman, listed only as K. Switzer of Syracuse, found herself about to be thrown out of the normally all-male Boston Marathon when a husky companion, Thomas Miller of Syracuse, threw a block that tossed a race official out of the running instead. April 19, 1967 in Hopkinton, Mass.(AP PHOTO)

Just after the incident in 1967. Credit:

Switzer after Boston 1967: Notice the bloody feet. credit:

Boston Marathon 2017

Kathrine completed this year’s Boston Marathon with a time of 4:44:31! This year Kathrine was given bib #261, the same she had back in 1967. The field this year was made up of approximately 45% women.

Links Mentioned in This Episode:

Kathrine Switzer | Marathon Woman -See Kathrine’s schedule and learn more about her book.

261 Fearless -a supportive global community which empowers women to connect and take control of their lives through the freedom gained by running.

Sporthooks Medal Displays founded by Marcy Futris -an accomplished female runner and entrepreneur that credits Kathrine Switzer as a role model and mentor.

PlateJoy -designs custom meal plans to fit your unique health goals and taste preferences. Offer code MARATHON for 10 days free and $10 off your membership.

From the Community . . .

Boston was such an incredible experience! I got to meet so many great runners and running celebrities, see the premiere of the Boston Documentary, visit some wonderful friends, and of course, run the Boston Marathon! When I turned right on Hereford the crowds were cheering so loudly and I crossed the finish line with a smile on my face, a bad sunburn and a tear in my eyes. I am so grateful for this experience and could never have done it without Coach Angie and the support of the MTA community. You all are such a wonderful, supportive group and I love being a part of such an awesome community! Thank you for everything! -Debbie from Texas

2 Responses to Interview with Kathrine Switzer -Running Fearless!

  1. Dominique May 14, 2017 at 5:07 pm #

    This has become my favourite episode so far! Katherine Switzer is just so down-to-earth yet incredibly inspiring at the same time. It’s amazing how far we’ve come in such a short amount of time, and I’m loving that she’s now focused on doing the same for aging athletes. Thanks for having her on the podcast!

    • Angie Spencer May 15, 2017 at 9:26 am #

      Thanks Dominique! So glad you enjoyed it. Katherine is definitely so inspiring as she continues to break perceived age barriers just as she did with the gender barrier in the 60’s.

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