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A Stadium is Named After Kathrine in Dunkirk, France

September 14, 2019 at 11:00 amSeptember 15, 2019 at 12:00 pm

This is a photo from the June 2019 opening of the Kathrine Switzer Stadium track, they opened it when it was finished so the public could use it, and it was opened by these young children running a 100 meter relay around the track all wearing 261 bibs. Photo credit is Jean Louis Burnot.

The City of Dunkirk (France) will honor American long-distance running pioneer and United States Women’s Hall of Famer Kathrine Switzer on September 14-15, 2019 when the Dunkirk City Council and Mayor Patrice Vergriete officiate and dedicate “Stade d’Athlétisme Kathrine Switzer”  (“Kathrine Switzer Stadium”) during official inauguration ceremonies for the athletics stadium.

Events include:

  • September 14: At 11:15, unveiling of a plaque that “ratifies the name of the new facility” as the Kathrine Switzer Stadium. At Noon, Switzer will meet with the media.
  • September 14: At 17:30, Switzer will conduct a lecture entitled, “Kathrine Switzer, Boston 1967: The American Athlete Who Revolutionized Women’s Sport,” offered free-of-charge at the Dunkirk Library. The conference will focus on the 1967 story of Switzer’s challenging experience but will highlight the empowerment of women through sport, the overall struggle for women’s rights and making positive social change.
  • September 15: At 10:30, Switzer, wearing her iconic bib number 261, will take part in a series of nine road races staged for runners of all ages and for all distances. She is scheduled to run in the “5 km of the Loops” road race.
  • September 15: At approximately 11:00 to Noon, Switzer will sign autographs and take pictures with race participants who wish to have their official race bib or t-shirts signed and take pictures.



September 14, 2019 at 11:00 am
September 15, 2019 at 12:00 pm


Stade d’Athlétisme Kathrine Switzer
Boulevard de l'Europe
Dunkerque, 59240 France
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