California State University, Fresno Women’s Studies Presents Kathrrine Switzer / November 7, 2008 at 7:00 p.m. (Free admission) Satellite Student Union at Fresno State
The Women’s Studies Program at Fresno State is proud to host a free lecture by Katherine Switzer on November 7, 2008 at 7:00 p.m. in the Satellite Student Union.
Katherine Switzer broke the gender barrier at the previously all-male Boston Marathon in 1967, an incident that revolutionized the sports world when she was physically attacked by the race director for wearing official numbers in the race. The photo of this incident flashed around the globe and became one of Time-Life’s “100 Photographs that Changed the World.” Switzer was radicalized by the incident and went on to run 35 marathons and to win the 1974 New York City Marathon, then led the drive to get the women’s marathon into the Olympic Games.
After organizing the Avon International Running Circuit for over a million women in 27 countries, Switzer now has turned her running passion into work as a television broadcaster, author and public speaker. She has covered all the major marathons in North America as well as the Olympic and Commonwealth Games, and won an Emmy award in 1997. Her latest book, a memoir entitled MARATHON WOMAN, is presently electrifying the running world. Other books include Running and Walking for Women Over 40 and 26.2 Marathon Stories, co-authored with her husband, well-known masters runner Roger Robinson.