MarathonPioneer Kathrine Switzer
Director: Sabrina Hubert
DOP: Frederick Gomoll
Production: PROFASHIONAL GmbH
Inspiring women are the focus of the video series "Mysterious Women" by Marc Cain. The concept puts the skills, achievements and commitment of the protagonists front and center. A new video is released every three months, granting insight into the unique worlds of these women. The German fashion label is entering the next round with Kathrine Switzer. Creation & Production: PROFASHIONAL.
In 1967, Switzer made history at the Boston Marathon and quickly became known around the world. Because women were not allowed to participate in the race until that time. But none of the organizers got suspicious when she registered with her abbreviation "K.V. Switzer" wearing a cap. She was discovered by race director Jock Semple after only a few miles, who then immediately tried to tear her starting number from her clothes. But her boyfriend at the time and hammer thrower Tom Miller rushed to her aid and pushed aside the raging idiot. After 4 hours and 20 minutes, Kathrine Switzer finally became the first woman in the world to reach the finish line in the Boston Marathon.
With the video series "Mysterious Women", Marc Cain wants to give interesting women with personality a platform and honor their outstanding achievements. A touching project designed to inspire women around the world.
About - Kathrine Virginia „Kathy“ Switzer was born in 1947 in the Bavarian town of Amberg, Germany. She is meanwhile famous as an American marathon runner, author and television commentator. Although women were strictly prohibited to participate in the Boston Marathon, Switzer managed to become the first female numbered entrant. With the collaboration of other women, Kathy convinced the Boston Athletic Association to allow women to participate in the marathon. Finally, in 1972, they were officially allowed to run the Boston Marathon for the first time. Switzer was named Female Runner of the Decade from 1967 to 1977 by Runner’s World Magazine and received an Emmy for her work. Whenever she visits the Boston Marathon, she is glad to see other female runners. Her social revolution empowered women around the globe. Since 1967, she has been trying to improve running opportunities for women in different parts of the world. In 2015, Switzer launched her global non-profit organization '261 Fearless' that uses running to invigorate women to overcome life obstacles and embrace a healthy lifestyle.