First woman to run Boston Marathon inspires girls, The News & Advance by Amy Trent

Kathrine Switzer paused briefly as she looked up into the faces of the more than 150 tiny runners-in-the-making.

“If you remember anything from tonight,” she said. “Remember that you really can do anything.”

That was all it took to set off a barrage of questions that kept the first woman to run the Boston Marathon busy for more than a half hour before she was able to take the group for a mile run around the track at Lynchburg College.