June 05, 2013
2.) Kathrine SwitzerMy hero. Her work began accidentally 45 years ago when she was the first woman to officially enter the Boston Marathon when it was considered a men’s only race. Her entry revolutionized the sports world when she was physically attacked by the race director for wearing official bib numbers in the race. The photo of this incident flashed around the globe and became one of Time-Life’s “100 Photos that Changed the World.” Switzer finished that race but was radicalized by the incident. She campaigned to make women official in the Boston Marathon in 1972 and later that year was one of the creators of the first women’s road race. Epic! 1.) Ted Corbitt aka: "The grandfather of road racing" One of the hidden gems in African-American history. He helped found the Road Runners Club of America (RRCA), assisted in designing the first New York City Marathon course in 1970 (then finished fifth at age 51), and held U.S. records in the 25-, 40-, and 50-mile runs. He was inducted into the inaugural class of the Distance Running Hall of Fame in 1998. So, there you have it non-runner, 10 reasons to give that runner in your life a high-five today, or at least don't rag them about their "weirdness". And for all my runners out there, have a happy National Running Day and have a shot of Gu for me!!
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