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A running superhero

Tuesday, April 03, 2012

This morning, NPR featured the following short article on their website:

To paraphrase, they featured this photo:

and talked a bit about that historic Boston Marathon 45 years ago, when Katherine Switzer entered the race without revealing her gender, and completed it in 4 hours, 20 minutes, despite being nearly dragged off the course by the race's organizer.

Every time I look at that photo, I get goose bumps. I am so inspired by her drive and bravery, knowing that she would likely encounter obstacles but entering the race anyway. And I am so grateful for the path that she forged for the rest of us female runners, up to the challenge of races and eager to prove it.

Yesterday, my husband - seeing me geared up to go for a run - said "You look like a superhero." I have a flair for the dramatic, so I replied - while putting on my sunglasses in a dramatic fashion, of course - "I AM a superhero. I am... RUNNING GIRL!"

And I kind of felt like a superhero, running five miles faster than I have in several years. But I think the ORIGINAL running superhero is Switzer - running a race she wasn't supposed to run, and proving to the skeptics that it could be done.

All she needed was a cape!

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
ANIMAL_L0VER 4/3/2012 2:50PM

    Oh my goodness! Thank you SO MUCH for sharing this!!! It's an amazing story that needs to be spread far and wide. Keep running, Running Girl. :o)

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