26 June 2019

Kathrine Switzer, marathon runnerIn 1967, as runners lined up to take part in the Boston marathon, history was about to be changed forever.

Back then, men were the only people allowed to compete in a 26.2 mile race. However, within the crowd of runners raring to go, was one woman. 

Kathrine Switzer had signed her name with just her initials to obtain a running number. Subsequently, that race would change sports for women forever.

Setting off in the crowd of men, Kathrine was spotted at around the second mile. A race steward grabbed her, attempting to drag her off the course. Other runners came to her aid, throwing him off. Undeterred, she ran to the finish line, changing her own life and that of millions of women across the world forever.

The photograph of her being accosted by the official became one of the most famous images in the world. It has undeniably become a symbol of female rights, something that Kathrine hasn’t taken lightly. 

Lasting change

In the years since the marathon, she has led the drive to empower women all across the globe through sport. Part of this work has been through her foundation, 261 Fearless. Her relentless effort to encourage women into exercise, of challenging the status quo and making a real, lasting difference in the world is inspiring to say the least.

Recently I had the real honour of interviewing Kathrine for an episode of the Mind Your Own Business podcast which we released this week. Throughout the chat, Kathrine shares the lessons that she has learned over the years and why it is so important to stand up for what you believe in, particularly when that belief is in yourself.

Listen to Kathrine’s episode of Mind Your Own Business on iTunes, Stitcher and Soundcloud.


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