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Photo Gallery: Iconic athlete Kathrine Switzer speaks at UCI
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Photo Gallery: Groundbreaking runner Kathrine Switzer speaks at UCI

Photo Gallery: Iconic athlete Kathrine Switzer speaks at UCI

Athlete and motivational speaker Kathrine Switzer, the first official female entrant in the Boston Marathon in 1967, speaks at UC Irvine on Thursday. Switzer and Elizabeth Gray spoke about breaking barriers and finding empowerment through running.

 (Raul Roa / Staff Photographer)
Photo Gallery: Iconic athlete Kathrine Switzer speaks at UCI

Kathrine Switzer, 70, addresses her audience at UC Irvine on Thursday. Her shirt bears the name of 261 Fearless, a nonprofit she founded in 2015 to unite women through the creation of running clubs, educational programs, communication platforms and social events. She wore the number 261 in the 1967 Boston Marathon.

 (Raul Roa / Staff Photographer)
Photo Gallery: Iconic athlete Kathrine Switzer speaks at UCI

From left, UC Irvine law professor Jane Stoever, runner and motivational speaker Kathrine Switzer, motivational speaker Elizabeth Gray and UCI law professor Michele Goodwin meet up before Switzer and Gray spoke at UCI’s Crystal Cove Auditorium on Thursday.

 (Raul Roa / Staff Photographer)
Photo Gallery: Iconic athlete Kathrine Switzer speaks at UCI

Photos from the Boston Herald show a director of the 1967 Boston Marathon trying to remove Kathrine Switzer, the first official female entrant in the race. Switzer’s boyfriend at the time, “Big Tom” Miller, intervened and she finished the race.

 (Raul Roa / Staff Photographer)
Photo Gallery: Iconic athlete Kathrine Switzer speaks at UCI

A slide during Kathrine Switzer’s presentation Thursday at UC Irvine shows her running in the 1967 Boston Marathon as a race director closes in behind her to try to remove her from the course.

 (Raul Roa / Staff Photographer)
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