The 2014 list of New York Road Runner Hall of Fame includes a pioneer in the world of women’s running, Kathrine Switzer.
Now 67, Switzer was the first women to run the Boston Marathon with an official race bib at the age of 20 and had race officials try and remove her from the event. At the time, it was seen as taboo and even unhealthy for women to compete in endurance sports.
Switzer went on to win the 1974 New York City Marathon and found Avon Sports Programs which organized running events for women and partially paved the way for the introduction of the marathon as a women’s event at the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles.
Since retiring from her own competitive career, Switzer has continued to push the boundaries for women in sport, covering women’s running and sports for CBS in the United States and at the Olympics, including covering Joan Benoit’s 1984 Olympic marathon win.
Along with Switzer will be three other inductees: Germán Silva, George Spitz and Allan Steinfeld. Silva is a two-time NYC Marathon champion and philanthropist. Spitz is credited with the original idea of a marathon that ran through all five of New York’s distinctive boroughs. Steinfeld was for a long time the president and CEO of the NYRR and the race director of the NYC Marathon, dedicating nearly three decades of the his life to the organization.