Marathon Woman by Kathrine Switzer

$ 8.00

Marathon Woman by Kathrine Switzer is a 408-page softcover published in 2007 by Da Capo Press.  The condition of the book is very good.  

Book Summary

In 1967, Katharine 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 one of the most iconic of all sports images, Switzer escaped and finished the race.  It was a watershed moment for the sport, and a significant event in women's history.  Inspired by the incident, Switzer went on to run thirty-five marathons--winning the New York City Marathon in 1974--and to help secure the women's marathon as an event in the Olympic Games.

Marathon Woman is Katharine Switzer's personal story about how she overcame the odds--as well as public ridicule--to help redefine society's views on women's capability and achievement, and how she strived to open doors of opportunity for others.  From her formative childhood experiences to the challenges of balancing work, marriage, and training, to her creation of the Avon Running program--composed of events in twenty-seven countries, with more than a million participants--this liberally illustrated book details the struggles and achievements of one of the pioneering women in sports.

ISBN:  978-0-7382-1329-3