Giveaway: Marathon Woman by Kathrine Switzer

Yesterday I opened my mailbox and found two copies of Marathon Woman by Kathrine Switzer. You know, the amazing woman who dared to run the Boston Marathon fifty years ago when women weren’t allowed to? Yeah, her.

When Kathrine’s publisher initially reached out to me I planned to hold off on this giveaway until I finished the book and could write a proper review. Then I read the introduction to the book, had a happy/proud cry and decided I wanted to share this book right away!

Enter to win a copy using the Rafflecopter widget:

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I’ll be selecting a winner in a week and then we can read what is sure to be an incredibly inspiring story together. If you can’t wait and want to get your hands on the book immediately it’s available on Amazon really inexpensively for kindle or in paperback!

In the introduction of the book Kathrine writes, “To me it seems like yesterday when the journalist at the finish line insinuated that my run was just a prank, that ‘real’ women would not run.”

She told that reporter that someday women’s running would be just as popular as men’s. In the book she writes, “it is extremely validating that this year, on my fiftieth anniversary, the Boston Marathon, which requires a tough qualifying time, boasts a field that is 50 percent women.”


When I started running in 2012 I didn’t know what a BQ was, but when I found out it didn’t even occur to me that it would ever be a problem for a woman to run in this race. I mean today it just seems obvious that women should be able to test their training in any marathon just like men. I’m so glad Kathrine thought the same thing fifty years ago and challenged the status quo.

On the back of Marathon Woman there is a quote from Bart Yasso that says it all. He writes, “Fifty years ago Kathrine opened the door and literally thousands of women ran through.” WE SURE DID!

I have no doubt that this book is going to be insightful and inspiring for me as a runner and as a woman.

I’ll definitely post a more thorough review of the book when I’m done, but if you decided to buy it now please tweet/instagram DM me so we can form a little book club and share thoughts as we read along.

If you have any questions let me know – otherwise good luck and I hope you win!

Who is your favorite female athlete?
Boston finishers share your favorite memory from the race! 



  1. April 27, 2017 / 4:59 am

    This sounds like a great book! I didnt know about her story when I started running either. Very inspirational!

  2. April 27, 2017 / 5:41 am

    That sounds like a very inspirational book! I hope I win! When do you normally read? Before bed?

    • Kristina
      April 27, 2017 / 2:09 pm

      Yes! I read before bed almost every single night for at least a few mins. Sometimes I only read one page of a book before my eyes are drooping but I try to read something every night. Last night I fell asleep on the couch by accident and didn’t read anything though!

  3. April 27, 2017 / 6:48 am

    I am waiting on my own publisher’s copy, so I won’t enter the drawing 😉 But now I am SUPER excited for it to arrive!

  4. April 27, 2017 / 7:14 am

    My favorite female athlete: Joan Benoit Samuelson. I remember when she was the first woman to run the marathon in the Olympics. She inspired me to run marathons.
    I ran Boston this year, and there were tons of signs for Kathryn Switzer, always with the tagline, 2017…this is your race. Very motivating.
    I would love to read that book.

  5. Kathy
    April 27, 2017 / 12:29 pm

    I’ve been wanting to read this! She’s so inspiring. Also (fun fact) we spell our name the same way – which is rather unique, and always being misspelled: Kathrine. Though I go by “Kathy” to avoid having to constantly spell out my name for people. 😉

  6. April 27, 2017 / 12:33 pm

    I think my favorite female athlete is probably Kara Goucher. She’s so positive and inspiring, plus I am a big fan of her anti-doping effort. Isn’t it incredible to think that only 50 years ago, society didn’t believe that women were capable of running marathons?!?

  7. April 27, 2017 / 1:29 pm

    That sounds like a great read!

  8. April 27, 2017 / 5:42 pm

    I first saw her documentary on a 14-hour long flight. I was bored and didn’t know what to watch. So, by fluke I saw it. These were in my pre-running days. And ever since then, I was inspired to know more about running, only because her story touched me. So fearless!

  9. Sarah
    April 27, 2017 / 10:15 pm

    It definitely looks like a great read.

  10. April 27, 2017 / 11:56 pm

    I was looking at ordering this book! The first time I saw the pictures of her being attacked during the marathon, I cried! to think that back then women were thought to be less than the men!! made my blood boil!

  11. April 28, 2017 / 1:26 am

    I saw the Boston documentary and her story is truly inspiring!! Thanks to her determination to finish the race and the men that pushed off the Boston Marathon official women are now able to run in the marathon! Definitely a #GIRLBOSS moment!

  12. April 29, 2017 / 10:34 am

    I thought I had posted before. But I just remembered, Wendy from Taking the Long Way home blog, has a monthly post on running books, this is the pick for this month. Check it out, she has pretty cool books every month.

  13. Jeffrey
    April 29, 2017 / 5:04 pm

    I’m always rooting for my wife, she’s my favorite female athlete. Professionally speaking, I like Desiree Linden!

  14. Jen M
    April 30, 2017 / 8:07 pm

    I thought it was great that Kathrine Switzer got so much press this year — lots of people who aren’t even runners heard her story this year. And I love that she has used her story to empower other women, runners or not. Please enter me to win her book!
    My favorite is Desi Linden!

  15. Rachel R.
    April 30, 2017 / 9:03 pm

    This looks like a great read! My favorite female athlete is Billie Jean King!

  16. May 2, 2017 / 10:37 am

    Jackie Joyner-Kersee was my favorite female athlete when i was younger. i was also in track and she grew up near where I lived. She did so much for the community as well, such a great athlete!

  17. Anita Jude
    May 3, 2017 / 11:15 pm

    Its sounds like it would be great ..favorite female is Lisa Leslie basketball

  18. May 3, 2017 / 11:31 pm

    Martina Navratilova was and is my all-time favorite female athlete. I would watch all her matches growing up and was just so inspired by her passion and strength.