24 June 2019


In 1967 it was commonly believed that women were far too fragile to run a marathon. It was thought the distance could cause long-lasting damage and even lead to a woman’s uterus falling out. But, one woman changed that perception and in doing so empowered millions of women around the world to run.

When Kathrine Switzer stood on the start line of the Boston Marathon little did she know that the race would change the course of her life. At mile two an official tried to drag her off the course, but undeterred she went on to complete the 26.2 mile marathon distance and made history.

Kathrine talks to me about her memories of that day and how through her foundation, 261 Fearless, she works to empower women all around the globe.

Key takeaways:

  • The power of self-belief and challenging the status quo
  • On changing the world: ‘You cannot water the entire planet if you only have a watering can, but you can water your own garden. Let’s each do what we can do.’
  • The power of exercise for a healthy body and mind. ‘You’re never too old to start an exercise programme, but you’re always too young to quit.’
  • Why education is at the route of all change

Host: Lawrence Jones MBE

Guest: Kathrine Switzer

Listening time: 48 mins

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