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The First Woman to Run the Boston Marathon on How She’s Silenced Critics over the Years

Fifty years ago, Kathrine Switzer became the first woman to officially finish the Boston Marathon. At the time, in 19667, Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) rules stated women were not allowed to run more than 1.5 miles competitively because they supposedly

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Famed Marathoner: ‘Show up’

Kathrine Switzer –the first woman to officially enter and run in the Boston Marathon– dismisses the suggestion that she was destined to compete that freezing day in April 1967. “Destiny is about finishing the race, OK? You make the decision

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Greek For a Day

All marathons can be divided into two types: those where you achieve your impossible dream, and those where you fall short. The second group far outnumbers the first, as veteran marathoners understand. I’m speaking from personal experience. Yes, it was

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Lee Nessel: No gender hurdle was too high for marathoner

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

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