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Tips From The Top: One On One With Kathrine Switzer

Adam: Thanks again for taking the time to share your advice. First things first, though, I am sure readers would love to learn more about you. What is something about you that would surprise people? Kathrine: I love to be in the garden and do gardening. And, I love to see the result. It’s kind…Read More

How the worst moment of her life revolutionized women’s running

A mile and a half into Kathrine Switzer’s first Boston Marathon, she was attacked by a race official. It was 1967 and women didn’t run marathons. Not officially, at least. The race official ran up behind Switzer, shouting and clawing at her sweatshirt. He was trying to pull off her bib with her race number…Read More

Days in life of Kathrine Switzer — a fearless woman

The ability for women to chase the their dreams can be attributed in part to Kathrine Switzer, the first official woman runner at the Boston Marathon. She continues to inspire others to see the boundaries that society sets for them as obstacles that they can shatter as they reach their full potential. Switzer said, “People…Read More

A Holiday Read Changed My Life

“My running buddy Lorrae Pratt McCullagh gave me a copy of Kathrine Switzer’s Marathon Woman in April 2015″, says Juliet Morris, 51, from Greenwich. By then we’d been running together in the woods and parks of London for about nine years, and loved the freedom and exhilaration that spending time in natural surroundings offered us. We often…Read More

Leading the Way

To Kathrine Switzer, running has provided ‘everything’ “It has given me my career, my travel, my health, my religion, my husband and myself, maybe most importantly,” she says. “It has given me myself.” But whatever she has taken from running, the now 71-year-old has repaid it so generously that the sport will forever be in…Read More

Graduation Season Has Arrived

Graduation season has arrived—and a flood of commencement addresses are coming with it. Not every speech delivered this year will be memorable, but a handful will likely be transformative—especially for those that find their way beyond campus boundaries, like the one delivered at Syracuse University on May 13 by women’s running pioneer Kathrine Switzer. Switzer, who…Read More

Kathrine Switzer: «La course à pied est un phare pour l’égalité»

Attraper Kathrine Switzer relève du défi. Hyperactive, l’Américaine écrit, voyage, multiplie les conférences, et quand elle ne commente pas les marathons au micro, elle les court encore. Résultat: elle n’est que très rarement «chez elle», que ce soit dans sa maison de New Paltz, dans la région de New York, ou à Wellington, en Nouvelle-Zélande, où elle passe…Read More

Switzer highlights HOPE’s upcoming fundraiser

Gardner — The annual spring fundraiser for the nonprofit House of Peace & Education will showcase the power of self-confidence and persistence with its trailblazing keynote speaker. The Gardner-based organization, known as HOPE, runs afterschool programs and summer camp for youth as well as a job readiness program that primarily serves women but also some…Read More

Boston, other marathons say trans women can compete as women

In 1967, a Boston Marathon official nearly dragged a woman off the course after she managed to enter the men’s-only race. Five decades later, race officials aren’t as concerned about gender boundaries: They’re now publicly acknowledging that transgender runners can compete using the gender they identify with. “We take people at their word. We register…Read More

She Persisted

“No dame ever ran the Boston Marathon!” was what her coach, Arnie Briggs, told 20 year-old journalism student and ardent distance runner Kathrine Switzer when she asked him to train her for the 1967 running of the prestigious race. But Briggs, gruff though he may have been, was willing to work with Switzer. Typically when…Read More

Boston Marathon Icon Still sprinting Toward Progress for Women

  Kathrine Switzer knows the moment that changed her life: when she was attacked on the Boston Marathon course by a race official who tried to rip her number off her shirt. She had been the first woman to officially run the Boston Marathon, and since then, Switzer has helped women change their lives through…Read More

’67 Marathon Half Century

Rochester Business Journal’s OnSports column focuses on the 50th anniversary of the historic Boston Marathon event. Switzer’s Marathon Jaunt Broke Barriers, Changed the World by Scott Pitoniak The history-jarring moment occurred roughly two miles into that Boston Marathon a half-century of Aprils ago. That’s when Jock Semple, the director and self-appointed caretaker of running’s most…Read More

Influencing Change One Stride At a Time

On any given day in Berks County, residents can be seen practicing a variety of fitness and exercise activities from a simple walk in the park, to any number of extreme sports that can be imagined. This is for good reason as fitness and wellness have become culturally connected to virtually every other aspect of…Read More

Beyond “Battle of the Sexes”: 16 Other Times Female Athletes Crushed the Competition, Mother Jones, by Becca Andrews and Edwin Rios

Kathrine is listed in this Mother Jones’ article: More than four decades ago, tennis star Billie Jean King faced off against gambler Bobby Riggs at the Astrodome in front of millions of viewers. The stakes for the so-called “Battle of the Sexes,” set to be brought to the big screen on September 22, were higher than the…Read More