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.
"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.
Katherine Switzer ran the Boston Marathon in 1967 where she was attacked by one of the event's directors who wanted to eject her from the all-male race. She fought off the director and finished the race. From the childhood events that inspired her to winning the New York City Marathon in 1974, this liberally illustrated book details the struggles and achievements of a pioneering women in sports.
About the Author
Kathrine Switzer, one of the greatest icons in sports, has been an authority on running and women's fitness for over 40 years. She is best known for pioneering the official entrance of women into the marathon, beginning with her epoch-making run in the previously all-male Boston Marathon in 1967, and went on to become a world-ranked athlete and the winner of the 1974 New York Marathon. Switzer is an Emmy-award winning television commentator, having covered a continuous string of the sport's major events, including the Boston, New York, Pittsburgh, and Los Angeles marathons, as well as the Olympic and Goodwill Games. Her first book, Running and Walking for Women Over 40, has sold over 100,000 copies. She lives in New Paltz, NY.