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Boston Marathon pioneer still pushing boundaries

Kathrine Switzer the woman who broke the gender barrier at the Boston Marathon, turns 65 next month but shows no signs of slowing down. Regarded as the global pioneer of women’s running, Switzer’s life turned in a direction she could never envisage when she lined up in the 1967 Boston Marathon as a 20-year-old. After…Read More

Are you on the run for gift ideas?

A Runner’s Mind Need help in finding that perfect running gift or stocking stuffer for your friend or loved one? Look no further as here are some gift ideas to inspire every runner to help along in their running journey. In 1967, Kathrine Switzer was the first woman to officially register and run the Boston…Read More

Inducted into National Women’s Hall of Fame 10/11

Kathrine Switzer As the first woman to officially enter the Boston Marathon, Kathrine Switzer broke the gender barrier and paved the way for women in running. Born into a military family stationed in Germany, Switzer later attended Syracuse University, earning a B.A. from the Newhouse School of Journalism (1968). In 1967, Switzer registered for the…Read More

Kathrine Switzer named Emcee of the Inaugural Empire State Marathon in Syracuse

Kathrine Switzer Named Emcee of the Inaugural Empire State Marathon and Half Marathon; Legendary Women's Runner Will Also Speak at Driver's Village New York State Health and Wellness Expo SYRACUSE, NY-July 19, 2011-Achieve Fitness, LLC announced today that Kathrine Switzer will serve as the emcee for the Inaugural Empire State Marathon and Half Marathon on…Read More

Shod & ready: Shoes hold the stories of races past … and we want yours

They were the most expensive shoes Kathrine Switzer had ever purchased: a $26 pair of kangaroo-skin Adidas, that in 1967 Switzer wore to become the first woman to compete in the Boston Marathon. “I have a love-hate relationship with those shoes,” says Switzer, who had to take a razor blade to her brand-new sneakers because…Read More

Launching Icebreaker’s SoHo Run Club

In a word, tonight was…fantabulous! Yes, it was that cool that I had to invent a word to describe it. Icebreaker, the run gear that everyone runner should be wearing, just launched their very own run group with, Running Caffeinated! We couldn’t have asked for a better turnout on this dreary NYC evening. We kicked-off…Read More

Woman Runner=Social Transformation

It is an interesting fact that you cannot pursue a physical activity for a long time and stay angry. When the adrenaline and aggression burn themselves off, the endorphins and reasonable– even creative—thoughts take over. So it was with me 44 years ago, this April 18, when I was attacked in the Boston Marathon by…Read More

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 a thrill to win the 1968 Boston Marathon. The 75 marathons since then? Not always…Read More