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Posted: February 1, 2013  

Athletics: 2013 Mankato Marathon Keynote Speaker is Kathrine Switzer

Source: Mankato Marathon

Not only an iconic athlete who has run 39 marathons including her win at the New York City Marathon in 1974, she is also an advocate for sports equality for women

MANKATO, Minn. -- The Mankato Marathon is excited to announce Kathrine Switzer will be the keynote speaker for the Speaker Series on Saturday, October 19, 2013. The title of her speech is "Men, Women and the Marathon; Running Away Together".

People who attend Switzer's speech can expect a humorous, inspiring and informative talk about where we have come from as runners and where we are going. Switzer's remarks are a not- to- be-missed talk from the heart from the first woman who officially ran the Boston Marathon and was nearly forcibly removed from the race by the furious race director because she was a woman who had dared to officially enter the race in the era when the marathon was a men's only event. Switzer's run and her subsequent work as an advocate, organizer, author and broadcaster changed history. Her talk, as she says, is "not about running but changing people's lives."

Switzer remains a strong force in the running world. Switzer is not only an iconic athlete who has run 39 marathons including her win at the New York City Marathon in 1974, she is also an advocate for sports equality for women. Switzer created the Avon International Running Circuit of women's only races in 27 countries beginning in 1978. The global impact of this series was influential on the inclusion of the first women's marathon in the 1984 Olympics. Switzer is also an Emmy award-winning TV commentator, a dynamic public speaker, a journalist and an author of three books including her memoir, Marathon Woman.

The Speaker Series will be held at Myers Field House on the Minnesota State University Mankato Campus from 3 to 7 p.m. Runners won't want to miss the Speaker Series. The Mankato Marathon strives to make the topics targeted, relevant and helpful.

Find out more about Kathrine Switzer at KathrineSwitzer.com or MarathonWoman.com.

To find out more about Switzer and the Speaker Series or to register online for any of the 2013 Mankato Marathon races, visit MankatoMarathon.com.


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