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First woman to run in Boston Marathon set to speak at event for Beach Marathon

Kathrine Switzer (Source: WAFB) Kathrine Switzer (Source: WAFB)
BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -

The 21st Annual Baton Rouge Beach Marathon will get underway Saturday morning, but the public has the chance to hear from an historic icon in women's running on Friday.

Kathrine Switzer was the first woman to break barriers and run the Boston Marathon with official numbers in 1967. That moment changed the all-male tradition of the race and she said that moment made today possible.

"I often say that sometimes the worst things in your life can become the best things in your life," Switzer said. "Getting attacked in the Boston Marathon became a world-noticed and terrible thing at the time, but it turned into one of the best things because it really changed so many lives in a positive way."

You can hear more from Switzer at the marathon's expo later in the day. The event is scheduled to start at 5:30 p.m. at the Marriot.

The marathon itself starts at 7 a.m. Saturday at the Baton Rouge Beach.

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