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Global activist to be saluted by Admiral Swansea Bay 10K

A long-distance running legend is to be recognized by this Sunday's (note: September 16) Admiral Swansea Bay 10K.

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Event organizers are saluting Kathrine Switzer for her running and social activism for women's sport.

ASwitzer quote emblazoned on every race T-shirt provided to those who register for the road race will encourage runners to have courage and be fearless.

It reads: "All you need is the courage to believe in yourself and put one foot in front of the other."

Switzer is known for her pioneering efforts in running and her career-long contributions to sport through her work as an advocate for women's sports and healthy living.

Kathrine Switzer said: "I was eager for members of my team to run in Swansea, to get an idea of the 10k and of the community in Wales.

"I'd love to run the Admiral Swansea Bay 10k myself in future. The event continually grows in stature and I hope that thousands will line the route to cheer on the participants.

"This year I've been inspired by the activity around the 100th anniversary of the women's right to vote in the UK and I do all I can to promote the importance of women's participation, health and empowerment."

Cllr Robert Francis-Davies, Swansea Council's cabinet member for innovation, regeneration and tourism, said: "Kathrine Switzer and her 261 Fearless non-profit organisation have inspired millions around the world.

"I'm thrilled that they have agreed to allow us to use Kathrine's quote on our event T-shirts. It is certain to inspire the 5,000 runners expected to take part."

The Admiral Swansea Bay 10K has become the best race in Wales. This weekend, with the beautiful backdrop of Swansea Bay, runners of all levels and experience will compete at the 10K distance. Junior races will be staged at 1K, 3K and 5K to help introduce young runners - male and female - to the sport. Swansea Bay also stages a 10K wheelchair race and a mascot race.

Sunday's main race starts outside the St Helen's sports ground at 1pm and heads west along Mumbles Road to Oystermouth Car Park. Runners then turn and head back along the promenade towards the starting point.

All places for each race other than the mascots are now taken, so people won't be able to sign-up to take part on the day. Spectators are welcome from 10am, with junior races taking place from 10.45am-noon.

Road closures will be in place and diversion routes will be available wherever possible. For more information visit enjoyswanseabay.com/residents.

About Kathrine Switzer An iconic athlete, author, and advocate for sports and social causes, Switzer was the first woman to officially enter and then run the Boston Marathon in the 1960s. Switzer has been honoured for her achievements, such as running both the Boston Marathon and the New York Marathon in the same year as her 70th birthday and for running the Boston Marathon on the 50th anniversary of her historic run in 1967. Switzer was inducted to the USA National Women's Hall of Fame where she was recognized for creating positive social change throughout her career. The ramifications of this work are joyful and profound, changing forever the face of sports, health, and opportunities for women around the world and fearlessly empowering millions of female runners beyond the finish line. For more information visit www.kathrineswitzer.com or www.261fearless.org.

Photo An Admiral Swansea Bay 10K T-shirt carrying the Kathrine Switzer quote.


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