Kathrine Switzer appearing at NF women’s half in June

Kathrine Switzer will be appearing at the Niagara Falls Women's Half Marathon race weekend May 31-June 2. Photo courtesy of Tumblr.

Kathrine Switzer will be appearing at the Niagara Falls Women’s Half Marathon race weekend May 31-June 2. Photo courtesy of Tumblr.

Today is the last day for early bird prices for the 2013 Niagara Falls Women’s Half Marathon, set for June 2.

The registration price goes up to $109 starting Feb. 1. It will go up by $10 again on May 1 and last-minute registrations on race weekends will be $129.

But, you can pay only $99 if you register by the end of the day. Prices do not include service charges. Click here for online registration. Online registration closes May 28 at 11:59 p.m.

Race organizers have also announced Kathrine Switzer will part of the half marathon weekend, meeting runners during Race Packet Pick Up May 31 and June 1 and at half June 2. Switzer was a pioneer for women’s running and, in 1967, was the first female runner to start and finish the Boston Marathon with an official bib number. It was a different time back then: organizers were not happy she had officially acquired a bib number and tried to physically remove her from the course.

Five years later, women were welcomed to officially run the Boston Marathon. Switzer’s ran her marathon personal best, according to Wikipedia, at Boston in 1975, placing second in 2:51:37. She was also the first female finisher at the New York City Marathon in 1974.

Switzer is also an Emmy-award winning TV commentator and author. Find out more about her here.

Click here for details about the Niagara Falls Women’s Half Marathon and other Niagara-area races.

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