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Influencing Change One Stride At a Time

On any given day in Berks County, residents can be seen practicing a variety of fitness and exercise activities from a simple walk in the park, to any number of extreme sports that can be imagined. This is for good

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Catching Up With the First Woman to Run the Boston Marathon

“Kathrine Switzer made waves in 1967 when, at age 20, she became the first woman to run the Boston Marathon as a numbered entrant, facing doubts and prejudice head-on as she crossed the finish line. Nowadays, shes at the forefront

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5 Essential Steps for Women Starting Endurance Racing

Ana Dutra could barely swim across a pool when a friend suggested they sign up for a triathlon. “I had not swam since I was a child,” she says, “but I decided to train anyway.” Her first event consisted of

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Bringing Her Fearless Approach to Life to Niagara

When did you start running? I started running at age 12 when my father encouraged me to run a mile a day so I could make the field hockey team in my high school. Why did you want to run

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Meet Your Heroes

Morning is breaking in downtown DC. And here I am — just about holding it together — panting along the path that runs by the Tidal Basin shimmering in the early morning light in esteemed company: the stone effigies of

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The Anniversary

On April 19, 1967, 20 year old Kathrine Switzer started the Boston Marathon, then closed to women, after registering as K.V. Switzer. After 2 miles, the irate race director, Jock Semple, tried to force Switzer off the course. Her boyfriend,

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Trailblazer Returns to Boston, 50 Years Later

Fifty years ago, a runner officially entered as K.V. Switzer participated in the Boston Marathon. On Monday, she was doing it again at age 70. Syracuse Alum Kathrine Switzer’s marathon in 1967 became historic because she was the first woman

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Runner Marks Historical Marathon

Kathrine Switzer, 70, who 50 years ago was the first woman to officially run in the Boston Marathon, wore the same bib number and ran in the event on Monday in the US. When Switzer ran in 1967, officials roughly

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Boston Welcomes Kiwi Runner Switzer

Fifty years from sneaking into the Boston Marathon, Wellington runner Kathrine Switzer has completed the race as a celebrated guest. the 70-year-old lined up wearing the same bib number – 261 – that an official tried to rip from her

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Trailblazing Marathoner Returns for Women’s Symposium

Kathrine Switzer, the trailblazing Syracuse University Alum who became the first woman to complete the Boston Marathon, is returning to the city this month to share how she turned her running talents into a business. Switzer will headline an event

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