Just Keep… Running?

There are a few things in life that I absolutely love. Three of them are Syracuse University, metaphors, and hearing people speak passionately about something they believe in.

I found all these things in Kathrine Switzer’s commencement speech for the Syracuse University Class of 2018. At my own commencement ceremony in 2015, I was too hungover, nervous about my future, and excited to get the heck out of the stiflingly hot Carrier Dome (and go straight to Chuck’s) to really listen to my own commencement speaker. Sure, I had moments where I thought, “I should remember this,” but now, three years older, I’m ready to listen a little more closely.

Kathrine Switzer was the first woman to compete in the Boston Marathon in 1967, but her story doesn’t end there. In fact, she’s had a lifetime of proving that putting one foot in front of the other can lead to incredible things – and she’s not done yet.

It doesn’t matter where you went to school, or if you’ve already graduated, or even if you hate running. You should watch this speech.

Kathrine Switzer ’68, G ’72 Commencement Address



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