2019 Celebration of Aging with Kathrine Switzer!
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261 was her bib number, and now the name of her nonprofit dedicated to woman runners.

261 was her bib number, and now the name of her nonprofit dedicated to woman runners.

Our 2019 Celebration of Aging is Tuesday, March 26 at the Riverside Convention Center with guest speaker Kathrine Switzer, the first woman to officially compete and complete the Boston Marathon in 1967 — at a time when women were barred from the event. Read about her barrier breaking run in the New York Times.

Date: Tuesday, March 26, 2019, noon -1:30
Location: Riverside Convention Center

Register and pay securely online. 

Submit a nomination for the Eli Rudin Second Half Hero Award. 

Submit a nomination for the Carter Catlett Williams Award for Excellence in Aging or Long-term Care Services


The year was 1967. The setting – the all-male Boston Marathon.
All-male, until one woman, Kathrine Switzer, changed history and revolutionized women’s running.

Kathrine Switzer, the first woman to officially enter and finish the Boston Marathon wearing bib number 261.
Officials tried to physically remove her from the course. But she persisted!

In 2017, Kathrine, at age 70, she ran Boston again – along with 13,392 other women!
Her nonprofit, 261 Fearless, is a global social running network for women.  

Lifespan is pleased to bring Kathrine Switzer to Rochester on Tuesday, March 26 for our Celebration of Aging luncheon. Lifespan’s Celebration of Aging annually brings 1,700 people to the Convention Center to hear from a role model for positive, productive aging.

Sponsors of the 2019 Celebration of Aging

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Role Model Sponsors
The Bonadio Group
Home Leasing Construction
Laborers’ Local 435/LECET
Mark IV Enterprises
Rochester Business Journal
The Summers Foundation
Touching Hearts at Home

 Take It On! Sponsors
Ames Amzalak Memorial Trust
Christopher Communications
Harter Secrest & Emery LLP
HealthDirect / Kinney Drugs Foundation
Highland Hospital
Jewish Senior Life
Panther Graphics
Rochester Management, Inc.
Rochester Regional Health
The Village – Unity & Mill Landing
Woods Oviatt Gilman LLP

Circle of Friends
Alzheimer’s Association – Rochester & Finger Lakes Region
Atria Senior Living
Bond Benefits Consulting, Inc.
Boylan Code LLP
Centers Health Care
Doyle Security Systems & Medical Monitoring
Episcopal SeniorLife Communities
Fairport Savings Bank
Friendly Senior Living
Genesee Health Facilities Association
Harris Beach PLLC
HCR Home Care
Heather Heights
Heathwood Assisted Living & Memory Care
Holy Sepulchre Cemetery & Ascension Garden
Lifetime Care Home Health Care and Hospice
Peregrine Senior Living at Crimson Ridge
PeerPlace Networks LLC
Ron and Kelly Ricotta
Rochester Regional Joint Board
Rochester RHIO
Rochester Running Company
Special Care Systems
St. Ann’s Community
Stuart Small, Pittsford Insurance Agency, LLC
Thomson Reuters
Toshiba Business Solutions
Underberg & Kessler LLP
Upstate HomeCare