ESPN-W: Article: How Kathrine Switzer Paved the Way, by Sarah Lorge Butler

This week, as she has for three decades, Kathrine Switzer will make her happy homecoming at the Boston Marathon. She’ll unpack in a hotel, start interviewing elite women runners and prep for her television commentating job for the race.

When she’s not working, Switzer will mingle on the floor of the race expo, dole out advice and pose for pictures with thousands of runners. She’ll autograph copies of her book, “Marathon Woman,” which came out in 2007. In Boston more than any other place, fans will recognize her on the street, come up and shake her hand.

“This is my 30th consecutive year,” Switzer said. “Can you imagine? It’s really been amazing. I’ve broadcast every televised edition of the Boston Marathon.”

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