Famous Female Runner Speaks in Lynchburg

Lynchburg, VA - Kathrine Switzer, the first woman to run the Boston Marathon, spoke Thursday to women in Lynchburg.

Switzer is in town as special guest of the Genworth Virginia 10 Miler. Switzer shared her story at the Lynchburg Regional Chamber of Commerce Women's Luncheon.

Switzer broke the gender barrier in distance running in 1967, when she entered the Boston Marathon using just her initials. A famous photo shows Switzer fighting off a race official who tried to physically remove her from the race.

"I always believed that women in sports was going to be a major social revolution and it was going to happen very soon," said Switzer. "My career actually began on the Lynchburg College track when I ran the mile for the men's team and was accepted so wonderfully with those guys. That opened my eyes to other possibilities for women."

Switzer and her husband Roger Robinson, who is also an acclaimed distance runner, will congratulate runners at the finish line and on the awards stage on Saturday.