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Kathrine Switzer is an acclaimed speaker who addresses corporations, business conferences, universities and special interest groups with a message that goes far beyond running. Her inspiring, authentic and high-energy delivery of creating success in a difficult environment, turning negatives into opportunities, and fearlessly implementing social and cultural change has made many positive differences in lives and businesses. Please consider her for your next event!

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This collection of photos is suggested to accompany material about Kathrine Switzer. You may download any of them individually by clicking on the photo. For your convenience the photos below are available in this zip file along with a PDF of the caption and credit copy:

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The 1967 Bostin Marathon incident captured in 3 images

1967 Boston Marathon

In 1967, irate race official Jock Semple tried forcibly to remove Kathrine Switzer from the then all-male Boston Marathon simply because she was a woman.  Luckily for Switzer, her boyfriend bounced the official out of the race instead and she went on to finish.  Switzer was inspired by the incident to create running events for women all over the world and was a leader in getting the women’s marathon into the Olympic Games. Photo on left is Semple pursuing Switzer, middle photo is Switzer’s boyfriend hitting Semple, right photo is Semple being bounced off the racecourse.

When this photo first appeared in 1967, this was the original caption:
“Hopkinton, Mass, April 19, 1967: Who says chivalry is dead?  When a girl listed as  ‘K. Switzer from Syracuse’ found herself about to be thrown out of normally all-male Boston Marathon today, husky companion Thomas Miller of Syracuse threw block that tossed race official out of the running instead. Sequence show Jock Semple, official, moving in to intercept Miss Switzer, then being bounced himself by Miller. Photos by Harry Trask of Boston Traveler. “

Photo: Boston Herald.  Any use of this photo whatsoever must be credited to the Boston Herald.


photo portrait of Kathrine Switzer

Portrait: Kathrine Switzer, 2011

Portrait of Kathrine Switzer taken in May 2011, in the apple orchards near her American home in the Hudson Valley of New York State.Photo credit: Joan Barker Images

Kathrine Switzer Berlin 2011; photo credit_Marathonfoto |

2011 BMW Berlin Marathon

Kathrine Switzer, age 64, at the finish of her 39th marathon, the 2011 BMW Berlin Marathon.  She was given an elite bib number and started the race alongside world record holders Paula Radcliffe and Patrick Makau, a once-in-a-lifetime experience.  She did not stay with these runners long! She finished in 4:36.

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Cover of Kathrine Switzer's book Marathon Woman

Cover: Marathon Woman

Cover of Kathrine Switzer’s memoir, Marathon Woman. (DaCapo Press). This book won the 2008 Billie Award for Journalism by the Women’s Sports Foundation. Rich Benyo, Editor of Marathon & Beyond Magazine, says: “This is the most important running book in the last 10 years.” Lisa Jackson, Contributing Editor of Women’s Running Magazine (UK) states: “This is one of the best running books I’ve ever read. But a warning!  Do not read this book while you’re alone as parts of it are so funny or moving you’ll deeply regret not having had someone to read them out aloud to!  Kathrine keeps you feverishly turning the pages…I just loved it!”
Kathrine Switzer with a mile to go — Motoapu

A mile to go, Motatapu

Kathrine Switzer with a mile to go in the difficult Motatapu Icebreaker, an all off-road mountain marathon in the South Island of New Zealand. 2010.
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