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

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

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By (author) Kathrine Switzer

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  • Publisher: Da Capo Press Inc
  • Format: Paperback | 448 pages
  • Dimensions: 140mm x 210mm x 30mm | 434g
  • Publication date: 10 March 2009
  • Publication City/Country: Cambridge, MA
  • ISBN 10: 0738213292
  • ISBN 13: 9780738213293
  • Illustrations note: 16 pages b/w photos
  • Sales rank: 43,903

Product description

In 1967, Kathrine Switzer was the first woman to officially run what was then the all male Boston Marathon, infuriating one of the event's directors who attempted to violently eject her. In what would become an iconic sports image, Switzer escaped and finished the race. This was a watershed moment for the sport, as well as a significant event in women's history. Including updates from the 2008 Summer Olympics, the paperback edition of Marathon Woman details the life of an incredible, pioneering athlete, and the lasting effect she's had on women's sports. Switzer's energy and drive permeate the pages of this warm, witty memoir as she describes everything from the childhood events that inspired her to succeed to her big win in the 1974 New York City Marathon, and beyond.

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Kathrine Switzer is an Emmy-winning television commentator who has covered numerous Olympics and marathons worldwide. The author of Running and Walking for Women Over 40, she lives and runs in New York and New Zealand.

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Deseret Morning News, 4/18/09 "The photographs included are amazing, as is her story of how running transformed her life and how she used it to create more opportunities for other women." Inside Texas Running, May 2011 "Brilliant race descriptions and personal life stories."