Lee Nessel: No gender hurdle was too high for marathoner

Kathrine Switzer, born in 1947, was raised in a time that is hard for some of us to imagine. Girls were not encouraged — and were even unwelcome — to participate in sports like they are today.

Thanks to encouragement from her parents and the self-realization of how being athletic could help her in multiple aspects of life, Switzer went where women never went before.


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