Katherine Switzer was in Dunedin recently again, this women’s running legend has been an inspiration for so many and we, as a community, can feel really honoured she has a special New Zealand connection.
Hi friends! Made a quick stop to see family and ‘run’ in the Dunedin parkrun event in NZ – a Red Letter day for me as I ran only for the 2nd time since the last eye surgery, and just ran the UP-hills to prevent impact. Well, everyone knows the Dunedin parkrun, despite being in the beautiful botanical gardens, is the hilliest parkrun in the world, so it was a chore–but oh so fabulous to SWEAT again and get breathless for the first time in 5 months. Congrats to Dunedin parkrun–they had a record turn-out of 239 people!
So here am I cooling down with grand-niece Bodhi, age 2, but already perfect running form, running watch and post-run sunnies, looking the part – Katherine Switzer, parkrunner and running legend
This picture is the best! She has no idea what you did for all the women runners of the World! – Kathryn Ann Ergen
Katherine, I heard you speak at Spirited Women in Ohope last year and have followed you on FB since. I thought your speech there was inspiring, your message empowering but mostly just LOVE that you are now a New Zealander. To think that a history maker like you loves our country the way we do. My girls and I are so proud of your achievements (including your tattoo). Please keep up the FB posts, it is great to hear what you are up to – Rachel Goodrich
Katherine Switzer and 261 Fearless: the social running community uniting women globally through local 261 Clubs:
“261 was Kathrine Switzers bib number in the famous 1967 Boston Marathon, the number that the angry race director tried to tear off of her when he was infuriated to see a woman running in ‘his’ race. The number has come to mean fearless in the face of a challenge, or adversity. It has changed history, as we all are changing history. But it’s more than that now. 261 also has become a global movement, a means of women communicating with each other, a simple understanding of knowing what kind of empowerment and fearlessness we have from running…alone or together—and how we can convey this empowerment to other women who have nothing at all.
Think about it: sometimes you just need to know you are not alone out there. 261 is also about community. It’s women together—of all ages, sizes, speeds, and aspirations; in clubs, tribes or training groups–supporting each other in a welcoming environment with no demands, egos or judgments, except to be there safely for each other, running in familiar or unfamiliar places …and if not really running, running virtually. Because running, like freedom, is really in the heart.
Getting your shoes on and out the door running is often difficult even for the talented. But for most women around the world, poverty, social criticism and religious and cultural restriction don’t allow them out the door at all. For others, modesty and shyness prevent them from a public display of their bodies. ”
How great is the Wanaka cake with the parkrun flag and #thatwanakatree ! – Queenstown parkrun
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Wow – Porirua parkrun is 6 years old – coincidently it is also about 6 years since I first arrived in New Zealand – it seems like I have lived here my whole life! I can remember when I first arrived and wore out a pair of walking shoes in about 2 months tramping…