Half the Road is an Enraging Portrait of the Entrenched Sexism in Competitive Sports, Village Voice

By Diana Clark

Early in the documentary Half the Road, director and professional cyclist Kathryn Bertine interviews Kathrine Switzer, the first woman to run the Boston Marathon — at a time (1967) when people believed that women who ran more than 800 meters would jostle their wombs loose.

As she puts it, “I can say, categorically, my uterus did not fall out.” In the ensuing decades, not enough has changed in the perception of female athletes, a fact Bertine aims to alter by profiling women cyclists who push their bodies to achieve extraordinary feats of endurance despite a lack of media attention, respect, and sponsorship.

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