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32nd ASICS Austrian Women's Run (Frauenlauf)

Hosted by the Consul of the Vienna Running Group
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Took place 2 months ago
Sun 26 May 09:00 - 12:00

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Hope you all registered online for this event - I understand places are now filled, and it's only the waiting list!

Looking forward!

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Hello runners - this one is especially for the ladies!

The annual Ladies Run (Frauenlauf) takes place Sunday, 26 May Protected content . This will be the first year I am running it, but I heard great things and am looking forward! It would be great to get a little team together.

Registration has opened and you can take part in the following distances:

9 am Protected content classic and international "women's run"
10.30 am Protected content run
11.10 am Protected content Nordic Walking

I plan to do the 10km. There is also a 6km training run on Wednesday, 24 April in the Prater. I have signed up to that too.

You might be wondering why men can't participate. I have not looked this up, but I think the point is to celebrate the fact that it was not that long ago that women weren't allowed to run the marathon in the olympics! It sounds crazy now, but that's how it was until an American woman, Kathrin Switzer (story, below) made history by posing as a man to run the Boston marathon in Protected content . It was the run that would change history.

I will send more details nearer the time, but this is just to put the date in your diaries!

So let's run, ladies, because thanks to Kathrine Switzer, WE CAN!

Best wishes,

Hilary

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Kathrine Switzer's story:

"In Protected content , 20-year-old Kathrine Switzer made history when she defiantly became the first woman to officially run in the Boston Marathon — even as race officials tried to physically stop her.

The first time around, as a Syracuse University student, she registered for the marathon as K.V. Switzer, and no one seemed to notice she was a woman until two miles into the race.

That's when Jock Semple, a race official, jumped off the press bus and ran after her.

“He grabbed me ... threw me back and he said, ‘Get the hell out of my race and give me those numbers,’” Switzer recalled. “And he tried to pull my bib numbers off.”

Kathy Switzer Roughed Up By Jock Semple In The Boston Marathon Kathy Switzer is roughed up by race official Jock Semple during the Protected content Mararthon. Her boyfriend at the time intervened, pushing Semple away while Switzer continued doing what she was doing — running.

It was all captured in an iconic photograph that galvanized the women’s movement and helped change the game for female athletes.

“It changed everything,” she said. “It changed my life and it changed millions of women’s lives.”

Switzer was, however, disqualified from the race and there was more backlash to come: Switzer said aggressive journalists approached her at the finish line, yelling, “Real women don’t run.”

She was then expelled from the Athletic Federation, which meant she wasn’t allowed to run. So she started her own club, and they ran in Canada, “just like draft dodgers,” Switzer said.

The club started putting on events, and eventually she got sponsored. Switzer then went on to create a global series of races in 27 countries with millions of women.

“It grew, grew, grew,” she explained. “We could take the data and statistics from all of these events, took it to the International Olympic Committee, and we got the women’s marathon included in the Olympic games.”

Her success has continued through to present day. She’s run 39 marathons, and when she made her return to the Boston Marathon in April Protected content , she was an honored guest whose original number, 261, was retired after she crossed the finish line.

"My message to young girls is that you can do much more than you ever can imagine," Switzer said. "The only way you can imagine it is to do it. To take the first step. And if you take the first step, you can then take three steps. And then you can take 10. And someday maybe you can run a marathon. And if you can run a marathon, you can do anything."

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