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!
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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!
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