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Lee Nessel: No gender hurdle was too high for marathoner

By Kathrine Switzer | Nov 8, 2009

Kathrine Switzer, born in 1947, was raised in a time that is hard for some of us to imagine. Girls were not encouraged — and were even unwelcome — to participate in sports like they are today. Thanks to encouragement from her parents and the self-realization of how being athletic could help her in multiple…

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The meaningful message of a Marathon Woman

By Kathrine Switzer | Sep 9, 2009

The charismatic Kathrine Switzer has an inspirational, riveting story to tell. She accomplished something that during her era was considered almost silly to think about and certainly ridiculous to discuss. Switzer, who was the first woman to compete in the Boston Marathon and has since enjoyed success as an author, businesswoman and speaker – opened…

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Veteran runners implore local folks to stay active

By Kathrine Switzer | May 8, 2009

Middletown — The running movement in America is alive and well, and the local running clubs are keeping it strong. That was the message sent by noted running authors Kathrine Switzer and Roger Robinson of New Paltz in a dinner talk with the Orange Runners Club on Wednesday. Switzer is the torch bearer of the…

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Politics in sport: Top 10 moments

By Kathrine Switzer | May 1, 2009

#7 Kathrine Switzer and the marathon, 1967 Our very own Switzer … well, that’s stretching the truth: Switzer is an American who lives in Wellington for six months of the year. She struck a famous blow for women’s rights by becoming the first registered woman runner to compete in the Boston Marathon. Women weren’t allowed…

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Interview on NZone Tonight

By Kathrine Switzer | Jul 21, 2008

After initially launching her memoir ‘Marathon Woman’ in the USA, Kathrine Switzer, the first woman to officially run the Boston Marathon, toured her book in New Zealand and talked to NZone Tonight’s Annette Lee about it, and what it takes to become a female endurance athlete.

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Kathrine Switzer and Mary Wittenberg Speeches for NY Mini 10K

By Matthew Fass | Jun 6, 2008

New York Road Runners CEO Mary Wittenberg and Kathrine Switzer, the first woman to officially run the Boston Marathon, discuss the progress in women’s running before the 2008 New York Mini 10k in Central Park, June 6, 2008.

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Trailblazer of women’s distance running

By Kathrine Switzer | Feb 9, 2008

Kathrine Switzer’s uterus did not fall out. Neither did her chest sprout hair. She is a living, breathing myth-buster, still running the streets of Wellington and proving that women can run without turning into men. It’s so obvious today, but 40 years ago when Switzer unwittingly became a pioneer of women’s distance running such beliefs…

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In ’67, Switzer was ‘Magellan’ in sweats

By Kathrine Switzer | Nov 15, 2007

Tennis champion Serena Williams does. Olympic gold medalist and two-time Boston Marathon winner Joan Benoit Samuelson didn’t, and still doesn’t. And when actress Katie Holmes crossed the finish line of the recent New York City Marathon, she may have, judging by some photos.  Some female athletes leave their healthy glow to nature; others resort to…

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First Woman’s Strides in Boston Still Echoing

By Kathrine Switzer | Apr 15, 2007

Two miles into the 1967 Boston Marathon, an official tried to eject me from the race simply because I was a woman. That event changed my life and, as a consequence, the lives of millions of women around the world. The marathon was a man’s race in those days; women were considered too fragile to…

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