Kathrine Switzer

This week Mikki talks to Kathrine Switzer, the most iconic woman who literally put running for women on the map - nationally and internationally. She is possibly best known for almost being pulled off the course in the 1967 Boston Marathon, but Mikki and Kathrine spend most of the time talking about the challenges and opportunities of being an advocate for women worldwide - it starts with running but, as all runners know, it is so much more than just running.

Kathrine Switzer has long been one of runnings most iconic figures. N0t just for breaking barriers as the first woman to officially run the Boston Marathon in 1967, but also for creating positive global social change. Because of her millions of women are now empowered by the simple act of running.
Highlights of Kathrine’s iconic career
  • Broke Gender Barrier at 1967 Boston Marathon
  • Inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame in October 2011 for creating positive global social change
  • Winner, 1974 NYC Marathon
  • Emmy Award-winning TV commentator
  • Author, Marathon Woman (DaCapo Press), Running and Walking for Women Over 40, the Road to Sanity and Vanity (St. Martin’s Press), co-author 26.2 Marathon Stories (Rodale Press)
  • Founder, Avon Running Global Women’s Circuit
  • Winner of Abebe Bikila Award for Global Contribution to Sport of Running from New York Road Runners
  • First class of inductees into the National Distance Running Hall of Fame
  • Named one of the Visionaries of the Century (2000) and a Hero of Running (2012), and Runner of the Decade (1966-76) by Runners World Magazine