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Author, TV Commentator & Marathon Runner; Best Known as the First Woman to Run the Boston Marathon as a Numbered Entry

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Kathrine Switzer has long been one of running’s most iconic figures. But when she was inducted into the U.S.A. National Women’s Hall of Fame, it was not just for breaking barriers but also for creating positive global social change. Because of her, millions of women are now empowered by the simple act of running.

Her work began accidentally 45 years ago when she was the first woman to officially enter the Boston Marathon when it was considered a men’s only race. Her entry revolutionized the sports world when she was physically attacked by the race director for wearing official bib numbers in the race. The photo of this incident flashed around the globe and became one of Time-Life’s “100 Photos that Changed the World.” Switzer finished that race but was radicalized by the incident. She campaigned to make women official in the Boston Marathon in 1972 and later that year was one of the creators of the first women’s road race.

Switzer went on to run 39 marathons and won the New York City Marathon in 1974. She ran her personal best in 1975, finishing second in Boston (2:51:33). She then put her substantial energies into creating the Avon International Running Circuit of women’s only races in 27 countries with over a million participating from 1978 to the present time. It was this series of events, which showed global participation and performances that largely convinced the IOC to include a women’s marathon in the 1984 Olympic Games.

Switzer is now an Emmy award-winning TV commentator and has covered the Olympic Games, World and National Championships as well as the New York City, Chicago, Los Angeles and every televised edition of the Boston Marathon (36 consecutive years!).

She is a dynamic personality and effective pubic speaker, and she addresses business, academic, fund-raising and sports groups globally with socially significant and individually tailored presentations. She has appeared on Oprah, Nightline, CBS Evening News, Tonight, Today, Good Morning America, the BBC, CBC, PBS and many other electronic and print outlets.

"Marathon Woman," Switzer’s award-winning memoir, was first published in 2007. Her other books include "26.2 Marathon Stories," co-authored with her husband, Roger Robinson and best-selling "Running and Walking for Women Over 40." As a journalist, her articles have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post and Parade Magazine as well as all major running publications. Many of her publications can be found on in the press archive on this site.

Even in her 60s, Switzer is still running marathons, having completed the Berlin Marathon in 2011 to launch the German edition of Marathon Woman. She also won her age group in the extremely difficult 2011 Motatapu off-road mountain marathon in New Zealand, and in 2010 fulfilled a lifetime dream of running the 2,500th anniversary race of the Athens Marathon.

She received both her BA and MS from the Syracuse University Newhouse School of Communions. She and her husband reside in the Hudson Valley of New York and Wellington, New Zealand.

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As Good As Gold: 1 Woman, 9 Sports, 10 Countries, and a 2-Year Quest to Make the Summer Olympics

As Good As Gold: 1 Woman, 9 Sports, 10 Countries, and a 2-Year Quest to Make the Summer Olympics

Marathon Woman: Running the Race to Revolutionize Women's Sports

Marathon Woman: Running the Race to Revolutionize Women's Sports

26.2: Marathon Stories

26.2: Marathon Stories

Running and Walking for Women Over 40 : The Road to Sanity and Vanity

Running and Walking for Women Over 40 : The Road to Sanity and Vanity

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Author, TV Commentator & Marathon Runner; Best Known as the First Woman to Run the Boston Marathon as a Numbered Entry

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Kathrine Switzer Biography

Kathrine Switzer has long been one of running’s most iconic figures. But when she was inducted into the U.S.A. National Women’s Hall of Fame, it was not just for breaking barriers but also for creating positive global social change. Because of her, millions of women are now empowered by the simple act of running.

Her work began accidentally 45 years ago when she was the first woman to officially enter the Boston Marathon when it was considered a men’s only race. Her entry revolutionized the sports world when she was physically attacked by the race director for wearing official bib numbers in the race. The photo of this incident flashed around the globe and became one of Time-Life’s “100 Photos that Changed the World.” Switzer finished that race but was radicalized by the incident. She campaigned to make women official in the Boston Marathon in 1972 and later that year was one of the creators of the first women’s road race.

Switzer went on to run 39 marathons and won the New York City Marathon in 1974. She ran her personal best in 1975, finishing second in Boston (2:51:33). She then put her substantial energies into creating the Avon International Running Circuit of women’s only races in 27 countries with over a million participating from 1978 to the present time. It was this series of events, which showed global participation and performances that largely convinced the IOC to include a women’s marathon in the 1984 Olympic Games.

Switzer is now an Emmy award-winning TV commentator and has covered the Olympic Games, World and National Championships as well as the New York City, Chicago, Los Angeles and every televised edition of the Boston Marathon (36 consecutive years!).

She is a dynamic personality and effective pubic speaker, and she addresses business, academic, fund-raising and sports groups globally with socially significant and individually tailored presentations. She has appeared on Oprah, Nightline, CBS Evening News, Tonight, Today, Good Morning America, the BBC, CBC, PBS and many other electronic and print outlets.

"Marathon Woman," Switzer’s award-winning memoir, was first published in 2007. Her other books include "26.2 Marathon Stories," co-authored with her husband, Roger Robinson and best-selling "Running and Walking for Women Over 40." As a journalist, her articles have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post and Parade Magazine as well as all major running publications. Many of her publications can be found on in the press archive on this site.

Even in her 60s, Switzer is still running marathons, having completed the Berlin Marathon in 2011 to launch the German edition of Marathon Woman. She also won her age group in the extremely difficult 2011 Motatapu off-road mountain marathon in New Zealand, and in 2010 fulfilled a lifetime dream of running the 2,500th anniversary race of the Athens Marathon.

She received both her BA and MS from the Syracuse University Newhouse School of Communions. She and her husband reside in the Hudson Valley of New York and Wellington, New Zealand.

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  • Kathrine Switzer: First Woman to Enter the Boston Marathon ...
    Mar 3, 2014 ... Kathrine Switzer on the prejudices women athletes faced, her historic running of the Boston Marathon, and the doors it opened. Watch...
  • Kathrine Switzer: First Woman to Enter the Boston Marathon ...
    May 15, 2012 ... Kathrine Switzer on the prejudices women athletes faced, her historic Boston Marathon run, and the doors it opened for other women...

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  • Who is the agent for Kathrine Switzer?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Kathrine Switzer for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Kathrine Switzer for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Kathrine Switzer or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Kathrine Switzer or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Kathrine Switzer is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Kathrine Switzer for your event is $20,000 - $30,000. Kathrine Switzer generally travels from New Zealand and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Shannon Miller, Lisa Leslie, Shawn Johnson East, Gabby Douglas and J.R. Martinez. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Kathrine Switzer for an upcoming event.

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    Mar 3, 2014 ... Kathrine Switzer on the prejudices women athletes faced, her historic running of the Boston Marathon, and the doors it opened. Watch more of ...
    Kathrine Switzer: First Woman to Enter the Boston Marathon ...
    May 15, 2012 ... Kathrine Switzer on the prejudices women athletes faced, her historic Boston Marathon run, and the doors it opened for other women athletes.

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