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NEW YORK – One of the most iconic figures in women’s sports, Kathrine V. Switzer, will be among the headline honorees at USATF’s Black Tie & Sneakers Gala on November 2 at the Armory Track & Field Center in Upper Manhattan. Switzer will receive USATF’s Pioneer Award in honor of her groundbreaking, lifelong work in women’s running.
Switzer etched her name in history when she became the first woman to officially complete the Boston Marathon in 1967, but she has done anything but slow down in the ensuing 50 years. With an indelible record as a champion runner, founder of women’s road races, author, activist, television commentator, and philanthropist, she has been among the most consistently visible and high-profile advocates for women’s sports over the last half-century.
The native New Yorker won the 1974 New York City Marathon, which was then held entirely in Central Park.  On November 5, she will once again compete in the race.
“I am so honored to be given this award, and I accept it on half of the millions of women who have had their lives so wonderfully enhanced by running,” said Switzer, who in April also ran the Boston Marathon in celebration of the 50th anniversary of her history-making feat. “Helping make that happen has been the greatest gratification of my life. It’s especially sweet to be running the TCS NYC Marathon the year I receive this award. It’s the first time I will be running though the five boroughs!”
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