SALIDA, Colo.-Kathrine Switzer, the first woman to officially enter the Boston Marathon
and a pioneer in women's sports, is the keynote speaker at Women's
Health Day on Saturday, Oct. 8, 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Salida SteamPlant.
Participants are welcome to attend the entire day's events or only
come for part of the day.
Switzer's entry in the 1967 Boston Marathon-then considered a men's
only event-created an uproar and worldwide notoriety when a race official
tried to forcibly remove her from the competition. The photo of this confrontation
flashed around the globe and became one of Time-Life's "100 Photos
that Changed the World."
Switzer completed the race but was radicalized by the incident and determined
to create change for women. In 1977, she founded the Avon International
Running Circuit, a series of running events in 27 countries for more than
1 million women. That effort and her tireless lobbying were instrumental
in making the women's marathon an official event in the Olympic Games,
beginning in 1984. Now an Emmy-winning TV commentator, author and motivational
speaker, she continues to share her story and inspire audiences to make
fitness a part of their lives and take charge of their health and well-being.
In addition to the keynote presentation, attendees may choose between eight
sessions throughout the day. Topics include "Sex after 40,"
"Facing the Challenges of Elder Care," "Oh, My Aching Back!"
and "Coming to Terms with Loss and Grief."
Other seminars explore integrative medicine, and common foot and ankle
conditions and treatments.
The day ends with a choice of interactive sessions: "Brain and Body
Energy Yoga" and "Tai Chi for Better Balance."
Information and online registration for this community wellness event sponsored
by Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center are available at www.hrrmc.com.
Space is limited and pre-registration is required by Oct. 3. The $25 cost
includes a gourmet lunch catered by Michelle Gapp.
Limited funding is available through the HRRMC Foundation for scholarships
to attend. For more information, contact Marji Ackermann at 719-530-2217.
Keynote speaker Kathrine Switzer will be signing copies of her book "Marathon
Woman" at HRRMC's Women's Health Day.