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Kia Ora whanau!! When Kathrine Switzer laced up her trainers on the morning of April 19th, 1967, there is no way she could have anticipated the seismic shift in world history that she would trigger. Kathrine was the first woman to officially enter the Boston Marathon, which was a male-only event.  Kathrine could not have…Read More

The Beginning of a Movement

It was a chilly day in Boston on the morning of April 19, 1967. It had started to sleet, adding to the chill. Forgoing the more exposed t-shirt and shorts, most runners had decided to keep their sweatshirts and pants on. Among the runners was Kathrine Switzer, a 20-year-old woman, excited to run in her…Read More

Evolving Role

She didn’t know it at the time, but a photograph of Kathrine Switzer running in the 1967 Boston Marathon would become an iconic image for sports and women’s equality. The image showed Switzer, No. 261, in the middle of several men, as a race official attempts to pull her off the course. Switzer’s boyfriend, however,…Read More

Boston Marathon officials tried to pull her off the course, but Kathrine Switzer became the 1st woman to finish the race. Now she works to inspire other athletes.

  She didn’t know it at the time, but a photograph of Kathrine Switzer running in the 1967 Boston Marathon would become an iconic image for sports and women’s equality. The image showed Switzer, No. 261, in the middle of several men, as a race official attempts to pull her off the course. Switzer’s boyfriend,…Read More

Kathrine Switzer

The controversy that swirled around this iconic event — a woman running in a men-only marathon — tends to diminish the athletic achievements of one of the world’s most renowned female runners. Kathrine went on to run Boston eight times, bettering her first time in 1967 of four hours 20 minutes down to 2 hours…Read More

Iconic Runner Hoping for a New Revolution

Four hours, 20 minutes. That was how long it took Boston Marathon participant No. 261 to run 26.2 miles on April 19, 1967 — a run taht catapulted 20-year-old Kathrine Switzer from anonymity to historical icon in her sport and for gender equality. As the first woman to officially register complete the race as a…Read More

Running, Thinking, and Writing

In a New York Times essay last March, Maine-based writer Caitlin Shetterly described her joy in gritty, cold winter runs and the way these runs often spark creative thoughts. “On a run, ideas will bubble up,” she wrote. “Like little ice floes in warming waters, they’ll drift unencumbered until I can see them gleaming in the sun.” Just…Read More

Interview with an Icon: Kathrine Switzer on Breaking Rules, Busting Myths and Being Called “Just a Jogger”

Last month, around 30,000 runners raced the Boston Marathon, with women making up about 45 percent of the field. But in 1967, there was only one woman with an official bib: Kathrine Switzer. Aside from training for months through the bleak winter, the 20-year-old journalism student had to break barriers, overcoming prejudice, criticism and ridicule just…Read More

The Extra Mile-The Official Charity Miles Podcast

I had such a great time this weekend jogging and talking with Gene Gurkoff, host of the podcast Charity Miles.  I hope you listen to this on your next walk or run and have as much fun listening as I did talking with Gene! Here are the links to get it on iTunes, Stitcher and Google Play.Read More

The University of Lynchburg announces commencement speakers for graduation ceremonies

LYNCHBURG, Va. (WFXR News) – Tuesday morning the University of Lynchburg announced the commencement speakers for their spring graduation ceremonies. The University released the following information:  Kathrine Switzer will speak at our Undergraduate Commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 18. In 1967, she became the first woman to enter and run the Boston Marathon, despite it being closed…Read More

Switzer continues to pave path for female runners

Thousands of women ran in the Boston Marathon this year, but back in 1967, 20-year-old Kathrine Switzer was the only woman on the course. Her decision to participate in the marathon that morning sparked a social revolution that has given women across the world the motivation to run for over 50 years. In 1967, Switzer…Read More

Boston Marathon SHE-RO, Kathrine “KV” Switzer

Coaches Julie Sapper and Lisa Reichmann provide individualized coaching to runners of all levels throughout the U.S. Hear their tips and tricks for running farther, faster, and stronger. After running the Boston Marathon 25 times collectively, Julie and Lisa, along with weekly guests, provide tips for training and racing the Boston Marathon. While specific to…Read More

Kathrine, Switzer la primera mujer en correr oficialmente un maratón: “El running es un gran ejemplo de igualdad”

Amediados de diciembre del 1966, y mientras trotaban bajo una feroz tormenta de nieve, Kathrine Switzer tuvo una fuerte discusión con su veterano entrenador, Arnie Briggs. Por aquel entonces, Switzer tenía 19 años, estudiaba periodismo deportivo en la Universidad de Siracusa, Nueva York, y, como la institución no tenía disciplinas deportivas para mujeres, ella practicaba…Read More

72 and Still Fearless: Kathrine’s Going the Distance

Most Kiwis wouldn’t guess that, nestled in the hills of Wellington, a global sporting superstar has made a home. Thousands of kilometres away from the US, where she’s mobbed by fans, the world’s most famous female marathon runner enjoys a more laid-back life of dinner parties, movie nights and pounding the pavements of the windy…Read More

Kathrine Switzer: Feel Fearless and Free

Was there a moment in your career when you realized that you needed to reinvent yourself or alter the course of your career? How did you come to that decision? There were several, as life always throws you curve balls and you need to shift and adapt. At the time, these moments are usually something…Read More

Happy International Women’s Day!

To honor International Women’s Day, the Non-Violence Project Foundation in Mexico launched this film of Kathrine Switzer’s breakthrough  Boston Marathon in 1967.  It is designed to help women in Mexico fight violence and go on to realize their dreams. Running, and 261 Fearless are helping women around the world!  Join the movement, Tell Her She…Read More