Girls on the Run to Host First Female Boston Marathoner


Kathrine Switzer, the first woman to run the Boston Marathon, will deliver the keynote speech at “An Afternoon with Kathrine Switzer,” with the support of Houston Area Road Runners Association and benefitting Girls on the Run Greater Houston.

Switzer made history when she entered and ran the 1967 Boston Marathon notwithstanding a race official’s effort to physically remove her from the course. Afterward, she campaigned to include women in the Boston Marathon, which was ultimately realized in 1972. Switzer also helped push to get the women’s marathon added as a sport for the 1984 Olympic Games.

Since then, she has championed women’s running while winning awards as a TV commentator and author.

This luncheon presentation and book signing marks the beginning of an ambitious tour as Kathrine speaks at more than 230 Girls on the Run programs nationwide to assist them in fund-raising.


October 7
Time: 11:00-1:30


Marriott West Loop Ballroom
1750 West Loop S, Houston, TX 77027

About Girls on the Run

Girls on the Run Greater Houston® is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to creating a world where every girl knows and activates her limitless potential. Meeting twice a week in small teams, Girls on the Run teach life skills through dynamic, conversation-based lessons and running games. Running is used to inspire and motivate girls, encourage lifelong health and fitness, and build confidence through accomplishment. At each season’s conclusion, the girls and their running buddies, complete a 5k running event. Completing a 5k gives the girls a tangible sense of achievement as well as a framework for setting and achieving life goals. The result—making the seemingly impossible, possible and teaching girls that they can. For more information, visit: