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Kathrine Switzer

American distance runner

Kathrine Virginia "Kathy" Switzer (born January 5, 1947, in Amberg, Germany[1]) is an American marathon runner. In 1967, she was the first woman to run in the Boston Marathon as runner #261. During the race, a race official tried to stop her and take her number away. Switzer's boyfriend Thomas Miller pushed the official to the ground. Switzer finished the race.

Kathrine Switzer
Kathrine Switzer at the 2011 Berlin Marathon Expo.jpg
Kathrine Switzer at the 2011 Berlin Marathon expo
Born (1947-01-05) January 5, 1947 (age 72)
Amberg, Germany
EducationGeorge C. Marshall High School
Alma materSyracuse University
OccupationRunner and author
Spouse(s)Tom Miller (1968–1973)
Philip Schaub
Roger Robinson (1987–)

In 2017, Switzer ran in the Boston marathon again as number 261 on the 50th anniversary of her first run.[2]


  1. Milde, Horst (June 2, 2010). "Kathrine Switzer and Roger Robinson visit the Berlin Sports Museum". German Road Races e.V. Archived from the original on March 8, 2014. Retrieved March 19, 2013. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
  2. "B.A.A. Marathon 2017: Entry List".