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We Salute: The First Female Marathoner

Written on April 15, 2011 at 10:59 am , by

Switzer published a memoir about her experiences in 2007. (Image from Amazon.com)

Switzer published a memoir about her experiences in 2007. (Image from Amazon.com)

Breaking boundaries. Testing the limits. We find ourselves often using fitness as a tool to do both of these things—although it generally involves setting our own personal best in the weight room or in a race. But one woman did all of this and much more (avoided a race director trying to pull her off the course, persisted through jeering from the crowds and media…) in 1967 when she was the first female to compete in a marathon! Today, we’re getting in the mood for Monday’s Boston Marathon by saluting Kathrine Switzer.

If you haven’t heard her amazing story, you can learn more in her book Marathon Woman or in these fit links. Look no further for inspiration to hit the road!

Now tell us: What woman has inspired you to live a healthier life?