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Catching Up With the First Woman to Run the Boston Marathon

“Kathrine Switzer made waves in 1967 when, at age 20, she became the first woman to run the Boston Marathon as a numbered entrant, facing doubts and prejudice head-on as she crossed the finish line. Nowadays, shes at the forefront of a different revolution: active aging. And the 70-year old athlete is leading by example:…Read More

5 Essential Steps for Women Starting Endurance Racing

Ana Dutra could barely swim across a pool when a friend suggested they sign up for a triathlon. “I had not swam since I was a child,” she says, “but I decided to train anyway.” Her first event consisted of a 750-yard swim, 12-mile bike race and a 3-mile run. “I finished with a big…Read More

Happy #GlobalRunningDay from Kathrine and Humana

Happy #GlobalRunningDay! I’m thrilled to announce that I’m becoming a paid spokesperson for Humana. I’m excited to embrace our shared belief in the power of an active lifestyle and aging with optimism. I’ll be joining Humana at the 2017 National Senior Games on June 2-15.  Cheers! KathrineRead More

Meet Your Heroes

Morning is breaking in downtown DC. And here I am — just about holding it together — panting along the path that runs by the Tidal Basin shimmering in the early morning light in esteemed company: the stone effigies of Thomas Jefferson, Martin Luther King, Franklin D Roosevelt and …MC Hammer? But yes, I hear…Read More

The Anniversary

On April 19, 1967, 20 year old Kathrine Switzer started the Boston Marathon, then closed to women, after registering as K.V. Switzer. After 2 miles, the irate race director, Jock Semple, tried to force Switzer off the course. Her boyfriend, Tom Miller, fought Semple off, and Switzer went on to finish. Fifty years after that…Read More

Trailblazer Returns to Boston, 50 Years Later

Fifty years ago, a runner officially entered as K.V. Switzer participated in the Boston Marathon. On Monday, she was doing it again at age 70. Syracuse Alum Kathrine Switzer’s marathon in 1967 became historic because she was the first woman to complete the all-male race as an official entrant–her registration as “K.V. Switzer” hid her…Read More

Runner Marks Historical Marathon

Kathrine Switzer, 70, who 50 years ago was the first woman to officially run in the Boston Marathon, wore the same bib number and ran in the event on Monday in the US. When Switzer ran in 1967, officials roughly tried to stop her, angry a woman was running, but then her boyfriend pushed them…Read More

Boston Welcomes Kiwi Runner Switzer

Fifty years from sneaking into the Boston Marathon, Wellington runner Kathrine Switzer has completed the race as a celebrated guest. the 70-year-old lined up wearing the same bib number – 261 – that an official tried to rip from her in 1967 as women were banned from running marathons. CNN reported that the 70-year-old “walked…Read More

Trailblazing Marathoner Returns for Women’s Symposium

Kathrine Switzer, the trailblazing Syracuse University Alum who became the first woman to complete the Boston Marathon, is returning to the city this month to share how she turned her running talents into a business. Switzer will headline an event for female business leaders in Armory Square later this month, hosted by Syracuse University.  …Read More

Gibb, Switzer battled Marathon Prejudice

One is a neuroscientist-turned-sculptor, the other an activist and organizer. Taking different paths to the same goal, Bobbi Gibb and Kathrine Switzer outran Boston Marathon tradition and trampled the notion that women were too frail for a 26.2-mile race. “When you’re trying to overcome a prejudice and do something you’re not allowed to do, how…Read More