“Kathrine Switzer made waves in 1967 when, at age 20, she became the first woman to run the Boston Marathon as a numbered entrant, facing doubts and prejudice head-on as she crossed the finish line. Nowadays, shes at the forefront of a different revolution: active aging. And the 70-year old athlete is leading by example: She returned to the Boston Marathon earlier this year and clocked a time that was only 24 minutes longer than her time in ’67. Now she’s partnered with Humana and recently ran the 10K road race in the National Senior Games, which hosted about 10,500 other athletes from across the nation.
Here, Switzer recalls her rise to Boston, gives a simple tip to get an exercise habit started and explains why she thinks active aging is the next frontier.