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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 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

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

Kathrine Switzer: Dank ihr laufen Frauen heute Marathon

activebeauty: Warum war es Frauen damals verboten, Marathon zu laufen? Im Jahr 1967 gab es dazu nicht wirklich Regeln. Aber generell waren fast alle Sportarten den Männern vorbehalten. Frauen nahmen fast nie an Bewerben teil. Viele Leute glaubten: Eine Frau kann rein körperlich keine so weite Distanz schaffen. Oder sie würde sich dabei verletzen. Viele…Read More

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