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Kathrine Switzer first launched the hardcover edition of MARATHON WOMAN (Carroll & Graf Publishers) in April 2007 on the occasion of the 40th Anniversary of her first running the Boston Marathon. In April 2008, MARATHON WOMAN won the Billie Award for journalism for its inspiring portrayal of women in sports. Switzer first changed history in 1967 when she joined the then all-male Boston Marathon and finished, despite being attacked by the race director and nearly thrown out of the event. She went on to run 39 marathons, won the New York City Marathon and led the drive to get the women’s marathon into the Olympic Games. She is still running today. As a leader, athlete and woman, Switzer continues to inspire people everywhere. She tells her story in this powerful, frank, inspiring and often funny book that has been delighting women AND men readers and reviewers everywhere. In 2009, the soft-cover and updated edition of MARATHON WOMAN was launched. (Da Capo Press)

Available now are a few rare copies of the first hard cover edition (pictured above, on left). All copies–both hard and soft–have Kathrine’s personal autograph.  All copies are available for personalized messages by Kathrine. Please include this request in the SPECIAL NOTE section of your order.  NOTE:  During December-March, personalized messages will be sent separately on a special adhesive bookplate, please allow an additional 1-2 weeks to arrive from New Zealand (Kathrine’s winter home!)

*By the way, the hard cover is expensive because when a book is first published in hard cover, only a limited number of copies are made. When those are sold, it is usually reprinted in soft cover (paperback). Since there are only a few of these first-editions left, they are considered collectors’ items.

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Weight 2.5 lbs
Message From Kathrine

Welcome to the Marathon Woman Store


I am delighted to announce that my book Marathon Woman is being re-released in a special 50th Anniversary edition for the upcoming Boston Marathon! Check out the New York Times Review HERE

I am sure you’ll find the perfect gift here for the woman runner in your life.  We specialize in empowerment, inspiration and fearlessness.

Please contact store manager Lisa Kelley at for any questions or concerns with your order.  She will be happy to work with you.