Kathrine Switzer: June 16, 2017

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FAMED MARATHONER KATHRINE SWITZER EMBARKS ON NEW JOURNEY TO CHAMPION SENIORS AT THE 2017 NATIONAL SENIOR GAMES

**SWITZER’S PARTICIPATION FOCUSED ON ENCOURAGING SENIORS TO ADOPT A HEALTHY LIFESTYLE**

HISTORIC RUNNER DISCUSSES HOW OPTIMISM AND A PHYSICALLY

HEALTHY LIFESTYLE ARE THE KEYS TO SUCCESS FOR OUR NATION’S SENIORS

Kathrine Switzer was the first woman to run the Boston Marathon in 1967 as a numbered entry despite attempts to drag her off the course given her gender. This June, she will continue to make history as she participates in, and supports the 2017 National Senior Games for the first time.

On the eve of the 2017 National Senior Games, Kathrine Switzer wants to prove that by having an optimistic outlook on aging, anything is possible. Switzer is a living embodiment of ‘aging with optimism’ and has been inspiring others to embrace a healthy body and mind since her first Boston Marathon. As someone who has already defied stereotypes, she is ready, at age 70, to prove that seniors want to grow, not fade.

As Americans age, one element seems to be key for their physical and mental health: optimism. There is growing evidence to suggest that ageism is a social determinant of health, and may negatively impact health outcomes for aging Americans.

This June, Switzer will kick off her next journey by participating in the 2017 National Senior Games in Birmingham, Ala. In this satellite interview, she will discuss how she is championing aging with optimism, inspiring others to do the same, and her plans of sharing the stories of Senior Games athletes who have broken boundaries and defied stereotypes. She’ll also offer up some easy ways that our nation’s seniors can adjust their daily lives to live a bit healthier.

Some of her tips include:

  • The first time you step outside to start your walking program, we suggest wearing a watch; a comfortable, broken-in pair of shoes; and layers of clothing you can remove as you warm up.
  • It’s not necessary to walk every day as a beginner; but try for three times a week and know in the future you’ll be aiming for more. And don’t go too far, too fast.
  • Keep a record of how far you went; this is extremely important as it keeps you honest and is motivating when you see how far you’ve gone. Put a monthly calendar page up on the refrigerator door so you see it every day.
  • You’re never too old, slow or overweight to begin to run! Feel the joy.
  • Diets alone don’t work, exercise does. Running burns more calories faster than anything else

  

For more information please visit: http://nsga.com/

 

MORE ABOUT KATHRINE SWITZER:

Kathrine Switzer will always be best known as the woman who, in 1967, challenged the all-male tradition of the Boston Marathon and became the first woman to officially enter and run the event. Her entry created an uproar and worldwide notoriety when a race official tried to forcibly remove her from the competition. The photo of this confrontation flashed around the globe and became one of Time-Life’s “100 Photos that Changed the World.” Switzer finished the race but was radicalized by the incident and was determined to create change for women. Now, four decades later, the incident continues to capture the public imagination and is largely the reason Switzer has dedicated her multi-faceted career to creating opportunities on all fronts for women.

Switzer has run 39 marathons, won the 1974 New York City Marathon and in 1975, her two-hour and 51-minute marathon in Boston was ranked sixth in the world and third in the USA in women’s marathon. She is still running marathons today – including returning to the Boston Marathon in 2017.

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