25 Motivational Kathrine Switzer Quotes On Success In Life

Kathrine Virginia Switzer is an American marathon runner, author, and television commentator. In 1967, she became the first woman to run the Boston Marathon as a numbered entrant. This Kathrine Switzer quotes will motivate you.

Best Kathrine Switzer Quotes

  1. All you need is the courage to believe in yourself and put one foot in front of the other. ~ Kathrine Switzer
  2. If you are losing faith in human nature, go out and watch a marathon. ~ Kathrine Switzer
  3. When I was first running marathons, we were sailing on a flat earth. We were afraid we’d get big legs, grow mustaches, not get boyfriends, not be able to have babies. Women thought that something would happen to them, that they’d break down or turn into men, something shadowy when they were only limited by their own society’s sense of limitations. ~ Kathrine Switzer
  4. Life is for participating, not for spectating. ~ Kathrine Switzer

  5. I always say that talent and capability is everywhere, all it needs is opportunity. ~ Kathrine Switzer
  6. If you feel positive, you have a sense of hope. If you have hope, you can have courage. ~ Kathrine Switzer
  7. I said that there’s going to come a day in our lives when women’s running is as popular and as men’s. Looking back, I obviously had a great sense of vision. And I was right. ~ Kathrine Switzer
  8. When I finished the Boston race in 1967, there were two things I wanted to do. I wanted to become a better athlete because my first marathon was 4:20. In those days, that was considered a jogging time and I knew people were going to tease me. But I was more fascinated with what women could do if they only had the chance. ~ Kathrine Switzer
  9. When I go to the Boston Marathon now, I have wet shoulders—women fall into my arms crying. They’re weeping for joy because running has changed their lives. They feel they can do anything. ~ Kathrine Switzer
  10. There is an expression among even the most advanced runners that getting your shoes on is the hardest part of any workout ~ Kathrine Switzer
  11. Talent is everywhere, it only needs the opportunity. ~ Kathrine Switzer

  12. Triumph over adversity that’s what the marathon is all about. Nothing in life can’t triumph after that ~ Kathrine Switzer
  13. At the finish line of the 1967 Boston Marathon, one crabby journalist said it was just a one-off deal and women weren’t going to run. Only a 20-year-old who had just run a marathon and was shot full of endorphin would say this but I said that there’s going to come a day in our lives when women’s running is as popular and as men’s. ~ Kathrine Switzer
  14. I could feel my anger dissipating as the miles went by–you can’t run and stay mad! ~ Kathrine Switzer
  15. Women are out because she’s getting in her daily dose of empowerment, freedom, and fearlessness. She has put on her freedom wings for 20 minutes or two hours. That’s going to make her whole day right and her whole future hold up and seem entirely possible. The sense of her not having any limits, or any restrictions, to me, is so liberating. She doesn’t have to prove anything. ~ Kathrine Switzer
  16. 1967 race in Boston changed not just my life, but millions of women’s lives. There are also things that, when you get older, resonate more. ~ Kathrine Switzer
  17. Women were afraid and they would never even imagine running a marathon in 1967. ~ Kathrine Switzer

  18. What I’ve done in this older part of my life is I started a foundation called 261 Fearless, named after my old,1967 Boston Marathon, bib number. I thought we could create training and a communicative, non-judgmental platform, in a movement to let them know they’re not alone. Then fearless women can reach out to help women who are fearful and take that first step using the vehicle of running because it’s transformational. It works for every woman every time. ~ Kathrine Switzer
  19. A lack of forgiveness is a waste of time and it’s very enriching to forgive and move on but those are things that come with time. ~ Kathrine Switzer
  20. Jock Semple and I were at daggers drawn for five years, even though I kind of forgave him from the get-go. I knew he was an over-stressed race director, I knew he was protecting his race. It took five years because we had to do our homework – meaning we women – we did our legislative work and we officially got into the Boston Marathon. Then, all was forgiven by Jock Semple. ~ Kathrine Switzer
  21. I do forgive people when they get it right, even people who in the past I thought were unforgivable. ~ Kathrine Switzer

  22. I don’t have any kids of my own, quite by choice. There are two reasons for that. One, I had a sense of obligation for what my life would be and a vision of how to get that accomplished and it didn’t include children. ~ Kathrine Switzer
  23. It’s not that I don’t like them, it’s just that if you have them, they deserve 100 percent of your attention. ~ Kathrine Switzer
  24. I forgave Jock Semple for his action on the Boston race just around the time I got to Heartbreak Hill. I had 24 miles to go and you cannot run 24 miles and stay angry. That’s the truth. When we go out and we’re mad at our boss or mad at the world, when we run, we get it out of our system. ~ Kathrine Switzer
  25. “Five years after Boston 1967, I went to the Munich Olympics. I realized that major sponsorship could help me create the opportunity. I wrote a big proposal to Avon cosmetics on how creating a global series of women’s races could lead to getting women in the Olympic marathon. People thought I was smoking poppy at the time. The longest event in the Olympic Games was 800m.” ~ Kathrine Switzer

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