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Running for Her Life:

How Kathrine Switzer and Elizabeth Gray Broke Barriers, Created Social Progress, and Found Empowerment Through Running

Hosted by the UCI Initiative to End Family Violence, UCI Center for Biotechnology and Global Health Policy and UCI Exercise Medicine & Sports Sciences Initiative

Join us as Kathrine Switzer and Elizabeth Gray share their remarkable stories. A reception and book signing to follow presentations. Attendees are encouraged to wear running shoes! Marathon Woman: Running the Race to Revolutionize Women’s Sports will be available for purchase at the event.

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About Kathrine Switzer:

Iconic athlete, sports and social advocate, author, and Emmy award-winning television commentator, Kathrine Switzer was the first woman to officially run the Boston Marathon. She registered as “K.V. Switzer,” defied the official who tried to force her off the course when she ran the all-male race, and fearlessly changed the face of sports. She has been honored widely for her achievements, most recently being inducted into the USA National Women’s Hall of Fame.


About Elizabeth Gray:

Elizabeth Gray had the courage to take her first step to leave an incredibly abusive marriage. This gave her the courage to run her first marathon, something she had dreamt about for years. Gray, who was recently featured in Runner’s World, now shares her story to help other abuse survivors thrive and is running marathons in each state to raise awareness about intimate partner violence. Gray states, “It can happen to anybody and it’s even harder to get out. But once you do get out, there’s this beautiful life waiting for you.”


Photo Credit: Boston Herald