Hectic prerace week doesn’t slow Samson Kipchurcher, by Charles Salzer, New Orleans Advocate

…Stone, a former athlete at St. Michael the Archangel High School, said she was more pleased with the time she ran than placing first. Like all race finishers of both genders, she was greeted by women’s marathon advocate Kathrine Switzer.

Switzer made an impression on many runners including Stone and Nicole Decker, a member of Baton Rouge’s Varsity Sports running club. Decker ran the half marathon in a time of 2:19.28 after Switzer joined a large group of Varsity Sports athletes for a prerace prayer.

“It was unbelievable,” said Decker. “(Switzer) is such an icon for women and running. What she started has had such a huge ripple effect. With everything she’s accomplished since then, she’s a legend.”…

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