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Product Details

  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press (March 10, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0738213292
  • ISBN-13: 978-0738213293
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.5 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #223,067 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.”

About the Author

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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Her writing is great, her story compelling and inspiring.
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I recommend this book to anyone who is a woman or a runner but especially if you are a running woman.
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Reading Kathrine's story of personal and athletic growth was most inspiring.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By L. Montgomery on April 3, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I picked up this book a week ago at a race expo (and also had the opportunity to meet and chat with Kathrine Switzer). I devoured this book within a few days. Her writing is great, her story compelling and inspiring. She weaves together the story of her own personal running history, the history of womens long distance running, her quest to have the marathon included as a womens event in the Olympics (a monumental feat), including her own interpersonal struggles with the men in her life and development of her career along the way. Her writing was very candid, occasionally funny, and she had a wonderful way of including and articulating some of her more trivial thoughts and incidents, which brought the book to life.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By smd on April 6, 2012
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I really wanted to like this book more than I did. It was so great for me to read about what it was like to be a woman runner before that was OK - as a 20something, it made me recognize how much I took for granted. I've seen the photos of Kathrine Switzer running Boston what feels like a thousand times, and it was enlightening to hear about it from her perspective. I enjoyed reading about her running career, but parts of it just dragged for me. There was a lot about her job with Avon and other professional responsibilities which just didn't interest me as much, although if you're more interested in the PR and race organization you'd probably like it quite a bit. I also just got the feeling that she doesn't like other women very much. There are lots of off-hand derogatory remarks about feminists, which I don't quite understand. In some ways, it was interesting to read about how she was operating in a completely different sphere than the woman's rights movement - but I kept wondering what might have happened if they had worked together! All in all, an interesting read, but not one that I loved.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Patrick C. Higgs on April 8, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Marathon Woman: Running the Race to Revolutionize Women's Sports

I read a good bit both professionally, and for pleasure. Marathon Woman is the absolute best non-fiction book I have ever read. From the moment I picked the book up, I was constantly wondering what was going to happen next. I simply could not put it down. Ms. Switzer has a very easy reading, conversational style to her writing that makes the reader feel as if she is standing next to you relating an exciting event. What struck me the most about the book is that it is far more than a compelling and interesting story. It is also far more than a running story. Instead it is almost a textbook on responsibility, without the preaching we have all come to expect when that word is used. Traits such as persistance, effort, planning, and doing something because it is the right thing to do, shine throughout the whole book. Yet while readers come to greatly admire the courage of Ms. Switzer, we are also seeing exactly how we can apply the belief that if you want something, are willing to put in the effort, and you stick with it, you are most likely to succeed. It was an inspiring and very enlightening book. I can't want to read her next one!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By K. Wetzel on May 1, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This was hands down one of the most inspiring running books I've ever read. Kathrine's foresight into the sport of running amazes me - we can thank her not only for bringing the women's marathon to the 1984 Olympic games but also for today's modern marathon "comforts" that didn't exist when she first hit the streets of Boston.
I read this while training for a marathon and her story kept me going during those long and painful runs. This book is a must-read for any runner, male or female.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Nelson Aspen on January 25, 2008
Format: Hardcover
If ever there was a real-life Wonder Woman, it's Kathrine Switzer...whose brave pursuit and promotion of running events have benefitted countless millions who want to similarly express their joy for the sport. This fun-to-read, fascinating autobiography beautifully communicates the voice of its author: enthusiastic, funny, passionate. It's a must-read for marathoners and entertaining for anyone else who's ever shared in the excitement of witnessing and/or participating in a sporting event.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Warwick Ford, Author, the Fun on Foot Books on September 25, 2009
Format: Paperback
Kathrine is famous as the first woman to officially run the Boston Marathon (under circumstances of some controversy, back in 1967). After that historic event, she continued a powerful running career, which included winning the 1974 New York City Marathon. Kathrine is furthermore credited as one of the main influencers of the development of competitive distance running for women internationally, including the establishment of the women's marathon as an Olympic event.
This book is Kathrine's story. While that story is a fascinating one for anyone involved in running, it is more than that - it is a source of inspiration for anyone fighting against the odds in similar situations.
However, it is not just the story that makes this book special. It is written in such a casual, enjoyable style that I, for one, could not put it down. Marathon Woman is a must read for anyone who calls himself or herself a runner.
Warwick Ford, Author of "Fun on Foot in New York"
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Annette Bryan on November 26, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Katherine Switzer's story truly inspired me to give qualifying for Boston another shot, and this year i trained my heart out and improved my marathon time by over an hour, breaking 3:20 and qualifying for Boston for the first time. I thought of Katherine's story as I ran my marathon and used it to make me stronger all summer long. It is the best book I have ever read, it made me realize anything WAS possible if i trained hard and believed in myself. Thanks Katherine!!
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