Kathrine Switzer's Blog

Kathrine recently ran her first marathon in 34 years. Read how she did it!

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Kathrine Switzer will always be best known as the woman who challenged the all-male tradition of the Boston Marathon and became the first woman to officially enter and run the event. Her entry created an uproar and worldwide notoriety when a race official tried to forcibly remove her from the competition.

Three decades later, the incident continues to capture the public imagination and is, in part, the reason Switzer has dedicated her multi-faceted career to creating opportunities and equal sport status for women.

That career has included creating programs in 27 countries for over 1 million women that led to the inclusion of the women’s marathon as an official event in the Olympic Games, changing forever the face of sports, health and opportunities for women around the world.


Written by kevinm

February 8, 2010 at 1:05 am

Posted in Uncategorized

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  1. Dear Kathrine!

    All the best of your marathon… We are sure you will do great! Thanks for your unbelievable marathon love and passion.
    Have fun and enjoy it!

    Big hugs from Austria
    Edith & Horst


    March 12, 2010 at 8:22 am

  2. That does it. Back on the road. As thrilling to read your magnificent writing as it is to contemplate your resurrection. I am so proud of you and now re-commiting to China and my remaining 4 states…you are SUCH a motivator!
    Lovin’ ya,

    Elaine Doll-Dunn

    March 13, 2010 at 10:06 pm

    • yaaaaaaaaa! I’m not even sure how to use this medium, but baby I’m trying! I feel like I’m re-iinventing myself from one end to the other! xoxo K and THANK YOU!


      March 22, 2010 at 12:57 am

  3. hi my name is essence and im doin a history day project based on your whole life and the changes you made.I myself am a track and field runner and a distance runner if you had time i was wondering if you could answer just a couple of question for me by the way im a 14 year old 8th grader who lives in Washington D.C

    Essence Brown

    March 22, 2010 at 4:08 am

    • Yes, Essence, I will be happy to answer a few of your questions, but first I must ask that you read my website, particularly the section on “Kathrine’s REAL Boston story 1967” or something like that, there is a link on the bottom of my website page, OK? A lot of your questions will be answered there first. Best, Kathrine


      March 24, 2010 at 2:46 am

  4. Thx alot that help me out a whole lot in my reasearch now im in the second level in my history day project because it impressed the judges of the amazing thing that you did my teacher said its great that i was able to contact you and should ask you for certain ideas on what you want people to know about your life
    any suggestions

    Essence Brown

    March 29, 2010 at 10:15 pm

    • Hi Essence–do you have everything you need? The thing I want people to know most is how important it was to get the women’s marathon into the Olympic Games in 1984. That is really what my book was Marathon Woman is all about and that is what I am most proud of having helped make happen in a major way. It changed the way the world regards women in a physical way. Best, Kathrine


      April 4, 2010 at 2:49 am

  5. I just wanted to thank you for inspiring me to recommit to my running. I did not start running until I was 35 and began with the free Women Run Arkansas clinic. Meeting you at the book signing at packet pickup this year really made me realize that no matter what, running is my time, what I can do for me.


    June 22, 2010 at 3:08 am

    • Hi Kerry! You are so welcome! Glad to meet you in Arkansas; that is such a good program and was a really, really fun race. Keep at it; running is truly magic for all it does for us. Best, Kathrine


      June 25, 2010 at 5:31 pm

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