- Tapa blanda: 448 páginas
- Editor: Da Capo Press (10 de marzo de 2009)
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 9780738213293
- ISBN-13: 978-0738213293
- ASIN: 0738213292
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Marathon Woman: Running the Race to Revolutionize Women's Sports (Inglés) Tapa blanda – 10 mar 2009
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-A thoughtfully written memoir...[Switzer is] still running strong; she's headed back to Boston this year to celebrate the 50th anniversary of her 1967 pioneering run, making this a perfect time to brush up on running history.- --Mother Runner "A thoughtfully written memoir...[Switzer is] still running strong; she's headed back to Boston this year to celebrate the 50th anniversary of her 1967 pioneering run, making this a perfect time to brush up on running history." --Mother Runner Deseret Morning News, 4/18/09 The photographs included are amazing, as is her story of how running transformed her life and how she used it to create more opportunities for other women."Inside Texas Running, May 2011 Brilliant race descriptions and personal life stories. " "Deseret Morning News," 4/18/09 The photographs included are amazing, as is her story of how running transformed her life and how she used it to create more opportunities for other women.""Inside Texas Running, "May 2011 Brilliant race descriptions and personal life stories. " "Deseret Morning News," 4/18/09 "The photographs included are amazing, as is her story of how running transformed her life and how she used it to create more opportunities for other women." "Inside Texas Running, "May 2011 "Brilliant race descriptions and personal life stories." "Deseret Morning News", 4/18/09 "The photographs included are amazing, as is her story of how running transformed her life and how she used it to create more opportunities for other women." "Inside Texas Running, "May 2011 "Brilliant race descriptions and personal life stories."
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In 1967, Kathrine Switzer was the first woman to officially run what was then the all male Boston Marathon, infuriating one of the event's directors who attempted to violently eject her. In what would become an iconic sports image, Switzer escaped and finished the race. This was a watershed moment for the sport, as well as a significant event in women's history. Including updates from the 2008 Summer Olympics, the paperback edition of Marathon Woman details the life of an incredible, pioneering athlete, and the lasting effect she's had on women's sports. Switzer's energy and drive permeate the pages of this warm, witty memoir as she describes everything from the childhood events that inspired her to succeed to her big win in the 1974 New York City Marathon, and beyond.Ver Descripción del producto
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How could we preclude half of the population from enjoying what men enjoyed since the rise of leisure time? Did medical experts really claim that women couldn't run long distances, or that they couldn't handle the strain of playing full-court basketball?
It is easy to forgot what it took to get us to where we are now. So Kathrine Switzer's book, "Marathon Woman," serves as an excellent reminder of those past struggles.
The first part of this autobiography, which actually extends only through 1984, deals with how she became the female to be officially entered and run the Boston Marathon. She used an initial for a first name on the entry form, and she had to fend off Jock Semple, an official at the Marathon to do so, but she finished the race. Suddenly, all things female in long-distance running looked a lot more possible. Her stories about preparation for Boston are extremely detailed, as if she was taking notes along the way.
Switzer could have been content with being a trivia question and moving on to other areas of life, but she was smart enough and clever enough to carve out a niche in running. She graduated from college and juggled all sorts of responsibilities. Switzer spent some time training to become one of America's best marathoners while earning enough money to pay the bills and doing paid and unpaid work in order to push the cause along. The one question that comes up is: Did the woman ever sleep in the 1970's?
The steps were slow but steady. Switzer eventually hooked on with Avon, which set up a series of races around the world. Good women runners seemed to be falling out of trees to win races for a while, as potential became performance. In 1980, a women's marathon was held in London, and the event featured top athletes from around the world. The next year, the Olympics added a women's marathon to its schedule for the 1984 Games in Los Angeles. They have stayed there ever since.
It's always instructive to read books about struggles like this to see where the resistance comes from. In sports, the athletes rarely push back. They often are just happy that more people are participating. Indeed, Switzer was generally encouraged to run by her male counterparts. No, it's the bureaucracy that sticks to the "we've never done it this way" attitude until pushed against the wall.
Switzer goes all in when it comes to her story, revealing much about herself in this very candid story. She's paid a price for her quest, mostly in her personal relationships. Her book checks in at a lengthy 400 pages, which may be a little too much detail for some, and it could have been written 20 years ago. She's been busy in the meantime, writing other books and doing media work.
Then again, maybe that's a sign that Switzer has more of her life story to tell than was revealed in "Marathon Woman." Part two of this tale no doubt will be as interesting as part one.
The first 2/3 of the book is wonderful though. Very inspiring and interesting read about how Switzer, who considers herself an average athlete, developed her running ability and broke barriers in the sport of running. The explanation of sports marketing was also fascinating.