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Boston Marathon interview: Kathrine Switzer – Women’s Running UK

‘It’s a tragic day – the marathon embodies freedom and fearlessness and empowerment and just to have it savaged like this for no purpose…’Kathrine Switzer Author and TV commentator Kathrine Switzer was the first woman to run the Boston Marathon in 1967 when women were deemed incapable of completing the marathon distance.Yesterday, she had just…Read More

Three nationally-recognized women to address Greater Houston Conference for Women – Sugar Land Sun

The Greater Houston Conference for Women, hosted by the Greater Houston Women’s Chamber of Commerce, announces three distinguished keynote speakers who have influenced women throughout the country. Former U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison will discuss her new book, “Courage: Pioneering Women Who Shaped Texas.” Kathrine Switzer, the first female marathon runner, will also present along…Read More

Countdown to Boston: 10 fun facts, by Jessica Sebor – ESPN via

With less than a week until the 2013 Boston Marathon, it’s time to floss your knowledge with some fun facts to impress your marathoning friends. • The Boston Marathon is iconic for a reason — it’s both the oldest (dating back to 1887) and the fastest (median time of 3:44) marathon in the country. • Approximately 500,000 spectators line…Read More

Kathrine Switzer Marathon Photo, by Christina Huffington – The Huffington Post

In 1967, a runner named Kathrine Switzer entered the all-male Boston Marathon under the name “K.V. Switzer,” making her the first registered woman to run the race. Switzer was attacked during the race by a marathon official, a picture of which Reddit user Sir_ImP posted today. Despite the harassment, Switzer finished the race, and five years later women were…Read More

Kathrine featured in Spiridon article

Spiridon, one of the leading running magazines in Germany, featured this article:  Die Läuferin: “Frauen überholen Männer” / Women Overtake Men. The article cites the huge growth in women’s running, and quoting me for my current views as one of the founders in 1983 of the Avon Frauenauf Berlin, the first ever women’s only race…Read More

Kathrine Switzer, Pioneering Boston Marathon Runner, on Fight to Stay in 1967 Male-Dominated Race – Democracy Now

Learn more about this special program on PBS on Democracy Now! and see Amy Goodman’s Maker’s interview, visit The new PBS documentary, “Makers: Women Who Make America,” tells the story of how women have shaped the United States over the last 50 years through political and personal empowerment. Narrated by Meryl Streep, “Makers” shares the…Read More

Kathrine Switzer on How Running Can Change the World, February 2013

Women Who Make America: Kathrine Switzer on How Running Can Change the World, by Marianne Magno, FitGo Blog, Fitness Magazine, February 22, 2013. Kathrine Switzer didn’t sign up for the Boston Marathon in 1967 to stir any trouble; she just wanted to run. But when the then 19-year-old defied race officials and tradition by becoming…Read More