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Archive for April 2013

A Resolute Bunch

Running is about freedom and fearlessness, whether you are the first woman to officially run the Boston Marathon, a woman living under oppressive conditions or a Boston Marathoner reeling from last week’s bombings at the race. Running can help people cope with adversity and even lead to social change, said Kathrine Switzer, the first official…Read More

Boston Marathon

Dear Friends, Thank you for your overwhelming outpouring of sympathy for us here in Boston. We are shattered. My thanks to journalist Dave Zirin who has written this article in The Nation which gives me words which I can’t quite yet articulate myself. Stay safe, KathrineRead More

Boston Marathon interview: Kathrine Switzer – Women’s Running UK

‘It’s a tragic day – the marathon embodies freedom and fearlessness and empowerment and just to have it savaged like this for no purpose…’Kathrine Switzer Author and TV commentator Kathrine Switzer was the first woman to run the Boston Marathon in 1967 when women were deemed incapable of completing the marathon distance.Yesterday, she had just…Read More

Explosion at Boston Marathon

Dear Friends–a horrible explosion has just occurred at the finish line of the Boston Marathon. Many of you know that I was on the photo bridge doing TV of the race, but I had left the area just before the explosion and am now in my hotel with my husband. Our hotel and the area…Read More

Three nationally-recognized women to address Greater Houston Conference for Women – Sugar Land Sun

The Greater Houston Conference for Women, hosted by the Greater Houston Women’s Chamber of Commerce, announces three distinguished keynote speakers who have influenced women throughout the country. Former U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison will discuss her new book, “Courage: Pioneering Women Who Shaped Texas.” Kathrine Switzer, the first female marathon runner, will also present along…Read More

Countdown to Boston: 10 fun facts, by Jessica Sebor – ESPN via WomensRunning.com

With less than a week until the 2013 Boston Marathon, it’s time to floss your knowledge with some fun facts to impress your marathoning friends. • The Boston Marathon is iconic for a reason — it’s both the oldest (dating back to 1887) and the fastest (median time of 3:44) marathon in the country. • Approximately 500,000 spectators line…Read More

Kathrine Switzer Marathon Photo, by Christina Huffington – The Huffington Post

In 1967, a runner named Kathrine Switzer entered the all-male Boston Marathon under the name “K.V. Switzer,” making her the first registered woman to run the race. Switzer was attacked during the race by a marathon official, a picture of which Reddit user Sir_ImP posted today. Despite the harassment, Switzer finished the race, and five years later women were…Read More

Kathrine featured in Spiridon article

Spiridon, one of the leading running magazines in Germany, featured this article:  Die Läuferin: “Frauen überholen Männer” / Women Overtake Men. The article cites the huge growth in women’s running, and quoting me for my current views as one of the founders in 1983 of the Avon Frauenauf Berlin, the first ever women’s only race…Read More