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Posts by Sarah Dukler

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

Live Stream of My Syracuse Commencement Speech

Hi Friends!  How honored I am to be the Commencement Speaker for Syracuse University on Sunday!  Here is an interview I just did about it, catch me on the live stream beginning at 9:30 Eastern time.  Can you imagine! 50 years ago I was sitting in that audience–  speaking on the SU Commencement stage was the last thing…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

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

Marathon icon Kathrine Switzer’s DNA in perfume

Fun Fact: Equinox has a fragrance made with real DNA from the legendary runner Kathrine Switzer and it’s on display in its Franklin Street gym. Switzer’s claim to fame comes from being the first woman to run the Boston Marathon as an accidentally numbered entry. During the 1967 race, Marathon official Jock Semple attempted to stop her mid-run and tried to tear off…Read More

Happy Birthday Kathrine

On Her Birthday, Running Pioneer Explains How She’s Mastering Marathons Into Her 70s Kathrine Switzer celebrates her 71st birthday today in Wellington, New Zealand, where she winters with her husband, runner and author Roger Robinson. Switzer was a pioneer female marathoner in the 1960s, a sub-elite racer (with a personal best of 2:51 for 26.2) in…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

Catching Up With the First Woman to Run the Boston Marathon

“Kathrine Switzer made waves in 1967 when, at age 20, she became the first woman to run the Boston Marathon as a numbered entrant, facing doubts and prejudice head-on as she crossed the finish line. Nowadays, shes at the forefront of a different revolution: active aging. And the 70-year old athlete is leading by example:…Read More

5 Essential Steps for Women Starting Endurance Racing

Ana Dutra could barely swim across a pool when a friend suggested they sign up for a triathlon. “I had not swam since I was a child,” she says, “but I decided to train anyway.” Her first event consisted of a 750-yard swim, 12-mile bike race and a 3-mile run. “I finished with a big…Read More

Boston Street Party

   A place on the start line of the Boston Marathon is a much coveted honor. Eighty percent of entrants have to run qualifying times to earn their bib and the remaining 20 percent are charity runners with fierce competition and high sponsorship minimums for places. It was therefore with overwhelming excitement and gratitude that…Read More

Meet Your Heroes

Morning is breaking in downtown DC. And here I am — just about holding it together — panting along the path that runs by the Tidal Basin shimmering in the early morning light in esteemed company: the stone effigies of Thomas Jefferson, Martin Luther King, Franklin D Roosevelt and …MC Hammer? But yes, I hear…Read More

The Anniversary

On April 19, 1967, 20 year old Kathrine Switzer started the Boston Marathon, then closed to women, after registering as K.V. Switzer. After 2 miles, the irate race director, Jock Semple, tried to force Switzer off the course. Her boyfriend, Tom Miller, fought Semple off, and Switzer went on to finish. Fifty years after that…Read More

Trailblazer Returns to Boston, 50 Years Later

Fifty years ago, a runner officially entered as K.V. Switzer participated in the Boston Marathon. On Monday, she was doing it again at age 70. Syracuse Alum Kathrine Switzer’s marathon in 1967 became historic because she was the first woman to complete the all-male race as an official entrant–her registration as “K.V. Switzer” hid her…Read More

Runner Marks Historical Marathon

Kathrine Switzer, 70, who 50 years ago was the first woman to officially run in the Boston Marathon, wore the same bib number and ran in the event on Monday in the US. When Switzer ran in 1967, officials roughly tried to stop her, angry a woman was running, but then her boyfriend pushed them…Read More