Kathrine Switzer
Kathrine Switzer

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Name: Kathrine Switzer
Occupation: Runner
Gender: Female
Birth Day: January 5, 1947
Age: 75
Country: Germany
Zodiac Sign: Capricorn

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Kathrine Switzer

Kathrine Switzer was born on January 5, 1947 in Germany (75 years old). Kathrine Switzer is a Runner, zodiac sign: Capricorn. Find out Kathrine Switzernet worth 2020, salary 2020 detail bellow.


In 1974, she was the fastest woman in the New York City Marathon, finishing the race in three hours, seven minutes, and twenty-nine seconds.

Net Worth

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Before Fame

She earned bachelor's and master's degrees in journalism from Syracuse University.

Biography Timeline


Kathrine Switzer was born in Amberg, Germany, the daughter of a major in the United States Army. Her family returned to the United States in 1949. She graduated from George C. Marshall High School in Fairfax County, Virginia, then attended Lynchburg College. She transferred to Syracuse University in 1967, where she studied journalism and English literature. She earned a bachelor's degree there in 1968 and a master's degree in 1972.


Semple knocked down Switzer's coach and fellow competitor, Arnie Briggs, when Briggs attempted to protect Switzer. Semple succeeded in removing one of Switzer's gloves and only stopped his attacks when Switzer's then-boyfriend Tom Miller, a 235-pound ex-football player and nationally ranked hammer thrower who was running with her, knocked Semple to the ground. Photographs taken of the incident made world headlines. Semple complained in a 1968 interview about Miller's success in stopping Semple's physical assaults saying "That guy's a hammer thrower, for cripes' sake!"

In 1968, Switzer married Tom Miller, the man who had successfully put an end to Semple's violence while running the Boston Marathon in 1967. They divorced in 1973. Switzer married and divorced public relations executive Philip Schaub. She later married British-born runner and author Roger Robinson in 1987.


Because of Switzer's official entry into and completion of the marathon, the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) barred women from all competitions with male runners, with violators losing the right to compete in any races. Switzer, with other women runners, tried to convince the Boston Athletic Association to allow women to participate in the marathon. Finally, in 1972, the Boston Marathon established an official women's race.


Switzer was the women's winner of the 1974 New York City Marathon, with a time of 3:07:29 (59th overall). Her personal best time for the marathon distance is 2:51:37, at Boston in 1975.


Switzer was named Female Runner of the Decade (1967–77) by Runner's World Magazine and later became a television commentator for marathons, starting with the 1984 Olympic women's marathon, and received an Emmy for her work. In 1979, the Supersisters trading card set was produced and distributed; one of the cards featured Switzer's name and picture.


She wrote Running and Walking for Women over 40 in 1997. She released her memoir, Marathon Woman, in April 2007, on the 40th anniversary of her first running of the Boston Marathon. In April 2008, Marathon Woman won the Billie Award for journalism for its inspiring portrayal of women in sports. When visiting the Boston Marathon, Switzer is glad to see other female runners:


She was inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame in 2011 for creating a social revolution by empowering women around the world through running. Since 1967, she has worked to improve running opportunities for women in different parts of the world.


In 2015 Kathrine Switzer launched her global non-profit 261 Fearless with an ambassador program, club training system and events. 261 Fearless uses running as the means to empower women to overcome life obstacles and embrace healthy living.


For the 2017 Boston Marathon, bib number 261, the same number Switzer was assigned in 1967, was assigned to her as "Switzer, Kathrine V." This marked the 50th anniversary of her historic marathon. She was placed in wave 1 and corral 1 and finished in 4:44:31. Also in 2017, the Boston Athletic Association announced it would not assign bib number 261 to any future runners, as an honor for Switzer. It was her ninth Boston Marathon. She was leading a team of runners from her nonprofit, 261 Fearless, Inc., which she hopes will connect and empower women through running. And rather than being the only official woman in the race like in 1967, she was joined by over 13,700 women—almost half of the total runners.

Also in 2017, she ran the New York City Marathon, which marked the first time she had run it since 1974; she finished in 4:48:21.


In May 2018, Switzer was the commencement speaker at the 164 commencement of Syracuse University, and received an honorary doctorate of humane letters degree.

Family Life

Born to a military family living in Germany, she relocated to her parents' native United States at the age of two and spent her high school years in Northern Virginia. Kathrine's first marriage was to Tom Miller (who ran alongside her in the 1967 Boston Marathon); she later married fellow writer and marathon runner Roger Robinson.

🎂 Upcoming Birthday

Currently, Kathrine Switzer is 75 years, 9 months and 0 days old. Kathrine Switzer will celebrate 76th birthday on a Thursday 5th of January 2023. Below we countdown to Kathrine Switzer upcoming birthday.


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72nd birthday - Saturday, January 5, 2019

A Mighty Girl

Happy 72nd birthday to Kathrine Switzer, whose experience as the first woman to officially run the Boston Marathon is a dramatic illustration of the barriers that female athletes had to overcome and...

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71st birthday - Friday, January 5, 2018

Happy Birthday Kathrine - Kathrine Switzer - Marathon Woman

On Her Birthday, Running Pioneer Explains How She’s Mastering Marathons Into Her 70s Kathrine Switzer celebrates her 71st birthday today in Wellington, New Zealand, where she winters with her husband, runner and author Roger Robinson. Switzer was a pioneer female marathoner in the 1960s, a sub-elite racer (with a personal best of 2:51 for 26.2) in…

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