Christine Runs: 261 Women’s Marathon in Palma de Mallorca honours Kathrine Switzer

The Sherbrooke Record, Christine Runs Column, By Christine Blanchette

“I’m very proud that my old bib number has evolved over time to become a symbol for overcoming a challenge and now have this wonderful race for women named after it!” -Kathrine Switzer, first-ever woman to officially complete the Boston Marathon

In the sporting world, very few have their numbers retired and hung from the rafters or otherwise displayed for all time. Only the most gifted athletic heroes generally are honoured this way. Kathrine Switzer may have taken the concept to a new level by actually having her bib number at the 1967 Boston Marathon named as the title for a women’s marathon in Spain.

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