Kathrine Switzer: Why You Need to Know This Amazing Woman, by Nicole DeBoom, Skirt Sports

…I met Kathrine in person at a half marathon in 2009. She signed a copy of her book “Marathon Woman” and I knew I was in the presence of someone special. I read the book in a matter of days, completely absorbed by her story and the bold, fearless way she lives her life.

I had no idea that Kathrine went on from running the 1967 Boston Marathon that fateful day to win the 1974 New York Marathon to lobby for women to run in the Olympic Marathon and to start the international Avon Women’s Running series. I didn’t know that she was possibly the single most important person to pioneer women’s distance running, and much more importantly, to pioneer women’s rights around the world.

And let’s not forget something very important to Skirt Sports. I didn’t know that Kathrine PREFERRED to run in skirts and dresses. She considered them more practical than her gray sweatsuit, and heck, if she looked great, that was an added bonus. I didn’t know that Kathrine IS the original Skirt…

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