If you haven’t already noticed, 2016 is the year of the woman. And what better way to celebrate what will soon become a momentous occasion in women’s history than to participate in the inaugural race of Right To Run 19K on Saturday, May 7th, Mother’s Day weekend. In celebration of the women’s movement, Right To Run will take place in Seneca Falls, NY, not coincidentally the birthplace of women’s rights, and is 19K in distance to represent the 19th amendment to the Constitution which gave women the right to vote.
The 11.8 mile scenic course will take you through the historic town of Seneca Falls, through Chiropractic College, by the Elizabeth Cady Stanton House, and by the Vendor Village, and you will cross the finish line at the future home of the Center for Great Women, the Seneca Knitting Mill. The mission of this race? To continue to elevate women breaking barriers and making history to the national stage by raising funds to renovate the outlet that will be used to do that.
One of those women is Kathrine Switzer, the first woman to run the Boston Marathon as a numbered entry in 1967, and the official spokesperson of Right To Run. Since then, Kathrine has fought to revolutionize the running and sports industry, and has worked to empower individuals, particularly women, and businesses to “turn difficult situations into opportunities”.
She is a world-renowned running icon, inducted in the National Women’s Hall of Fame in 2011 for paving the way for female runners, and an inspiration to many women who have completed a long-distance race. But what inspires Kathrine to keep running on and off the course? She said, “[It’s] seeing how women everywhere are becoming fearless in their own lives by the simple act of running. It’s been one of my mission to make sure women have access to running and this event is a great way of doing it. I’m delighted to be involved in this race!”
While Right To Run 19K celebrates the women’s movement, this road race is open to runners of ALL genders and fitness levels–there is also a 5K (3.11 miles) to accommodate recreational runners. For more information or to register for this much anticipated race, visit www.RightToRun19K.org.