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We Salute: The First Female Marathoner

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

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

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!

  • Her steps have left a lasting impact—The New York Times
  • Kathrine is a pioneer for female runners—National Distance Running Hall of Fame
  • One-on-one with the endurance star on the 40th anniversary of her feat—U.S. News and World Report
  • Oh, and in case you didn't hear, Kathrine is a 2011 inductee into the National Women's Hall of Fame alongside some pretty heavy hitters (Coretta Scott King, Billie Holiday and more)—National Women's Hall of Fame

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