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Kathrine Switzer on the prejudices women athletes faced, her historic Boston Marathon run, and the doors it opened for other women athletes.
Kathrine Switzer wasn’t the first woman to run the Boston Marathon, but her presence as an official entrant made her a visible and potent threat to the sports world’s status quo. The simple gesture exploded when an official attacked Switzer on the course. The incident was broadcasted worldwide and put a shocking face on the hostility to women’s full participation in athletics. Her 38 subsequent marathons (she’s still running them) include a win in New York in 1974. She led the successful drive to get the women’s race into the Olympic Games, has won an Emmy for her TV commentary, and is the author of three books, including her memoir, Marathon Woman. Switzer’s ongoing campaign to help women around the globe empower themselves through the simple act of running made her a 2011 Inductee into the National Women’s Hall of Fame.
Eddie Izzard to run 27 marathons in South Africa to honor Mandela
JOHANNESBURG — British comedian, actor and endurance runner Eddie Izzard says he will run 27 marathons in honor of Nelson Mandela, who was jailed 27 years by apartheid governments before being released to help usher in South Africa’s democracy.
Izzard spoke of his plan Thursday on the sidelines of a reception for donors at Mandela’s foundation and archives in Johannesburg.
He says he will run the marathons in 27 consecutive days in South Africa along routes he will map out himself at sites around the country linked to Mandela’s personal history.
In 2009, Izzard ran 1,100 miles (1,770 kilometers) in seven weeks across Britain for charity.
Mandela, 93, became South Africa’s first black president after its first all-race elections in 1994. He served one term, and now is retired from public life.