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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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In ’67, Switzer was ‘Magellan’ in sweats

By Kathrine Switzer | Apr 13, 2007

Kathrine Switzer wonders what would have happened if that April day in 1967 had come up warm and sunny in Hopkinton. “History might have been different,” she muses. “I would have had a really cute outfit on, shorts and a top, and I would have been stopped at the starting line.” Or if she’d entered…

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Switzer to Launch Autobiography at Boston Marathon

By Kathrine Switzer | Apr 7, 2007

Although not the first woman to complete the Boston Marathon –that was Roberta “Bobbi” Gibb who ran unofficially in 1966 and clocked 3:27:17– Switzer was the first woman to run the race with an official number issued by the Boston Athletic Association.  Entered only as “K.V. Switzer” in the 1967 edition of the race, her…

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The Girl Who Started It All

By Kathrine Switzer | Mar 26, 2007

On a dark six-mile run in a wild snowstorm in mid-December 1966, I had a terrible argument with my otherwise kindly old coach, Arnie Briggs. It was in Syracuse, New York, where God first invented snow and never let up. I was a 19-year-old journalism student at Syracuse University, and since there was no women’s…

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Kathrine Switzer interview with Carl Lewis

By Kathrine Switzer | Jul 20, 1988

Kathrine Switzer interviews Carl Lewis after he sets 100 meters world record in the July 1988 US Olympic trials in Indianpolis, IN

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