Episode 11 / Women’s Running Across the Generations – Kathrine Switzer, Patti Catalano Dillon, & Weini Kelati

This recording is from a live panel on Women’s Running Across the Generations with Kathrine, Switzer, Patti Catalano Dillon, and Weini Kelati as part of the “Creating Community Through Movement” Series hosted by the Native Health Initiative (NHI). Panelists include:

Kathrine Switzer is an icon in running, an author, and an Emmy award-winning television commentator. Shewas the first woman to officially run Boston as a registered competitor in 1967 and New York City Marathon champion. She has been widely recognized for her achievements in the sport and for her advocacy work beyond running. She is part of the USA National Women’s Hall of Fame and is the Founder of 261 Fearless, a foundation that encourages healthy living and fosters a supportive global community for women.

Patti Catalano Dillon is a Mi’kmaq runner who dominated the American Road Racing scene in the 1970s. She is known for being first Native and American woman to sign a pro contract.She is also the first Native and American woman to run a sub-2:30 in the marathon distance. Patti is a former world record and American record holder in several distances, including the marathon, 20K and 30K. She was inducted into the National Distance Running Hall of Fame in 2006.

Weini Kelati is an Eritrean runner who is currently training with Under Armour’s Dark Sky Professional Distance Team and formerly competed for the University of New Mexico, where she was the 2019 NCAA Division I Individual Cross-Country Champion. At UNM, Weini became the most decorated All-American in program history with 13 All-American honors. She was also crowned the 2019-20 Mountain West Female Athlete of the Year and made the 2020 Academic All-Mountain West Team.

In this conversation, you’ll hear our panelists discuss the evolution of women’s professional running (specifically in the marathon distance), who they cite as their support systems, their current goals, and how they all hope to use their running as a form of social change. Thank you to Native Health Initiative, Running Medicine, and Wings of America, and the many other organizations involved in organizing this event and inviting me to moderate.

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Music by Jacob Shije (Santa Clara Pueblo, NM).

This podcast was made possible through the Tracksmith Fellowship Program

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