Her Fearless Run, Kathrine Switzer’s Historic Boston Marathon
Written by Kim Chaffee
Illustrated by Ellen Rooney
Page Street Kids, 2019
Blurb from the book:
“Girls weren’t supposed to sweat. Girls weren’t supposed to compete. They were too weak, too fragile, to run distances like the Boston Marathon. That’s what most people thought.
Kathrine Switzer changed their minds.”
Thanks to Writers’ Rumpus, I received a gift copy of Kim Chaffee’s Her Fearless Run, just born this year! Thank you so much, Kim, Ellen, Carol, and Writers’ Rumpus!
I’ve always envied women who have the desire, drive, and determination to run long distances. I do not have those qualities, and would rather hike or walk long distances.
“I didn’t set out to make history; I was just a girl who wanted to run.” – Kathrine Switzer
Her Fearless Run is the fascinating story of Kathrine Switzer, a woman committed to opening the doors for women to run long distances during a time when it was frowned upon and not allowed. At all.
What I love about Her Fearless Run:
~ I love how skillfully Kim Chaffee wove together real life information with the story of Kathrine standing up to the expectations of a male-dominated sport. I love that Kathrine kept plodding along, facing each obstacle with grit, just as she would in marathons and long distance running.
~ I love the vibrant and informative illustrations and how they lend the air of the past to the story.
~ I love the messages of Her Fearless Run. Girls can do anything! Hard work and perseverance pays off. Individuals can make a difference and impact others. You can do things you enjoy.
~ I love the ease of reading and interesting story that kept me glued to the pages of Her Fearless Run.
~ I love that I can share this book with other young readers and inspire them to go after their dreams and passions.
Kathrine Switzer changed the world of running. This narrative biography follows Kathrine from running laps as a girl in her backyard to becoming the first woman to run the Boston Marathon with official race numbers in 1967. Her inspirational true story is for anyone willing to challenge the rules.
The compelling collage art adds to the kinetic action of the story. With tension and heart, this biography has the influential power to get readers into running. An excellent choice for sports fans, New Englanders, young dreamers, and competitive girls and boys alike.
Go for a Run!
Materials: chalk, running journal, drawing supplies (crayons, pencils, markers), snack
1. Read Her Fearless Run. How did Kathrine start out as a runner? Can you follow the steps she took?
2. Invite someone to run with you. Use chalk marks to count your laps.
3. Relax after your run by searching online for information about Kathrine Switzer and the Boston Marathon. Are there any marathons hosted near your home? Perhaps you could go and watch one. Our city has a race with adults and younger age groups.
4. Eat a healthy snack, drink cool water, and record your laps in a running journal. Draw a picture of yourself running.