Synopses & Reviews
In 1967, as Kathrine Switzer ran in the Boston Marathon, one of the event's directors attacked her, trying to violently eject her from the all-male race. In what would become one of the all-time iconic images in sports, Switzer fought off the director, with the help of her fellow runners, and finished the race. Not only was this a watershed moment for the sport, it also became a significant event in women's history--a force for social change and empowerment for women worldwide. Marathon Woman is Kathrine Switzer's personal story about how she overcame the odds--as well as public ridicule--to become one of the greatest marathon runners of her time. From the childhood events that inspired her to succeed as an athlete, through her triumph in the 1974 New York Marathon and the globally connected series of women's running events that she has since conceived and organized--with more than a million participants in twenty-seven countries--this liberally illustrated book details the struggles and achievements of one of the pioneering women in sports.
Deseret Morning News, 4/18/09
andldquo;The photographs included are amazing, as is her story of how running transformed her life and how she used it to create more opportunities for other women.andquot;and#160;Inside Texas Running, May 2011 andldquo;Brilliant race descriptions and personal life stories.andrdquo;
"Marathon Woman" is Switzer's personal story about how she overcame the odds--as well as public ridicule--to become one of the greatest marathon runners of her time.
In 1967, Kathrine Switzer was the first woman to officially run what was then the all male Boston Marathon, infuriating one of the eventand#8217;s directors who attempted to violently eject her. In what would become an iconic sports image, Switzer escaped and finished the race. This was a watershed moment for the sport, as well as a significant event in womenand#8217;s history.
Including updates from the 2008 Summer Olympics, the paperback edition of Marathon Woman details the life of an incredible, pioneering athlete, and the lasting effect sheand#8217;s had on womenand#8217;s sports. Switzerand#8217;s energy and drive permeate the pages of this warm, witty memoir as she describes everything from the childhood events that inspired her to succeed to her big win in the 1974 New York City Marathon, and beyond.
About the Author
Kathrine Switzer is an Emmy-winning television commentator who has covered numerous Olympics and marathons worldwide. The author of Running and Walking for Women Over 40, she lives and runs in New York and New Zealand.