Marathon Woman Kathrine Switzer


Marathon Woman Kathrine Switzer

November 30, 2009

When Kathrine Switzer showed up to run the Boston Marathon in 1967, she was a 20-year-old Syracuse University junior determined to prove herself capable of completing the fabled 26.2-mile route. When she crossed the finish line, she sparked an international uproar.

At the time she was the first woman to challenge the all-male tradition of the prestigious “Boston.” In 1967 women were considered incapable of going the marathon distance, Switzer’s run changed the trajectory of her own life and, consequently, the lives of millions—and galvanized her successful, 27-nation effort that led to the inclusion of the women’s marathon as an official Olympic Games event.

The athlete, TV commentator and author of the best-selling Marathon Woman will host several fitness-related events on the Lasell campus on Tuesday, April 13, including:

•“Keeping Active Across the Life Span,” an intergenerational workshop at Lasell Village from 11am-12noon

•“Be the Hero in Your Own Life,” a talk to the Lasell community de Witt Hall at 12:30pm, on the importance of fitness and nutrition as well as how Switzer has challenged myths about women’s physical limitations

•A 5k “Fun Run,” to begin at the Athletic Center at 4pm and follow the Commonwealth Avenue stretch of the Marathon route, “slow enough for even the very unfit,” she promises

In addition, on Wednesday morning, April 14, Switzer will visit two Sport and Psychology classes on campus.