A little bit of inspiration

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Kathrine Switzer was nearly thrown out of the Boston Marathon in 1967. / AP photos

Whether you’re a race newbie or a running veteran, we can probably all use a little running inspiration as we enter the fever pitch of training season.

I got some last week in the form of this story from NPR about Kathrine Switzer, the first woman to successfully run the Boston Marathon as a numbered entry. She was nearly pushed off the course by a race official in 1967, five years before women were officially allowed to run in the race, but still managed to finish in four hours and 20 minutes.

Switzer continued to be an advocate for women after her marathon finish, becoming instrumental in the fight to make the marathon an Olympic event for women.

The PRR has allowed women to run since its inception in 1970, but it’s inspiring to think about the women who paved the way for equality in the sport overall.

Who is your running inspiration? Is there someone that keeps you going when you think you’ve hit the wall?

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