Kathrine Switzer is the woman who broke the gender barrier at the previously all-male Boston Marathon in 1967, an incident that revolutionized the sports world when she was physically attacked by the race director for wearing official numbers in the race. The photo of this incident flashed around the globe and became one of Time-Life’s “100 Photographs that Changed the World.”

Switzer was radicalized by the incident and went on run 36 marathons and to win the 1974 New York City Marathon, then led the drive to get the women’s marathon into the Olympic Games. After organizing the Avon International Running Circuit for over a million women in 27 countries, Switzer has now has turned her running passion into work as a television broadcaster, author and public speaker. She has covered all the major marathons in North America as well as the Olympic and Commonwealth Games, and won the first of several Emmy awards in 1997.

Her latest book, a memoir entitled MARATHON WOMAN, is presently electrifying the running world. Other books include Running and Walking for Women Over 40 and 26.2 Marathon Stories, co-authored with her husband, well-known masters runner Roger Robinson.

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KATE F. HAYS, Ph.D., C.Psych., CC-AASP

Dr. Kate Hays, a psychologist specializing in sport psychology and performance psychology, maintains a consulting practice, The Performing Edge, in Toronto and works within the interdisciplinary team at Athletic Edge Sports Medicine. In her sport psychology work, she focuses on both the mental skills associated with optimal performance as well as the mental benefits of physical activity. Her clientele range from 9 year old gymnasts through collegiate athletes and Olympians to 70 year old avid golfers. She founded the very successful Toronto Marathon Psyching Team; as a recreational runner, she is especially passionate about working with runners.

Prior to her move to Toronto in 1997, Dr. Hays’ training and practice occurred in the U.S. northeast. Internationally recognized for her scholarship and innovative practice, she served as president of the Division of Exercise and Sport Psychology of the American Psychological Association and continues to maintain leadership positions in psychological organizations in both Canada and the U.S. Dr. Hays has authored five books as well as numerous chapters and articles on the intersections of sport, exercise, psychotherapy, performance psychology, and positive psychology. She regularly provides workshops and learning opportunities to general audiences and other professionals.

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26.2 with Donna
The National Marathon to Finish Breast Cancer
Founder, Event Chairman

Donna Deegan is a well-known journalist, philanthropist, and marathoner.  As a three-time breast cancer survivor she is the founder and president of The Donna Foundation, which funds the critical needs of underserved women with breast cancer. As an avid marathoner, Donna was inspired to establish the annual race 26.2 with Donna The National Marathon to Finish Breast Cancer. 26.2 with Donna is the only marathon in the country that is dedicated exclusively to raising funds for breast cancer research and care. One hundred percent of race proceeds go directly to breast cancer research at Mayo Clinic and to women living with breast cancer through The Donna Foundation.

Donna is a published author of two books. Her first book, The Good Fight, chronicles her second bout with breast cancer and the on-line journal that she kept during that time. She has since survived and thrived through a third brush with the disease and spends much of her time encouraging others in their own journeys.   Her second book, Through Rose Colored Glasses, A Marathon From Fear to Love , Donna takes the fight out of cancer.  She combines the will of a three-time survivor, with the heart of a marathoner to change the view from fear to love.

“The biggest difference, and what I hope people will take away from this book, is that you can separate fear from cancer, and you can separate fight from cancer and not only can you, if you do, I think you have a much better chance of doing well.”

Donna Deegan

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Cathy Fieseler, MD is the Director of Sports Medicine for the Trinity Mother Frances Health System in Tyler, TX. She is a team physician for the University of Texas in Tyler, co-director of a primary care sports medicine fellowship and provides medical coverage for numerous local high school athletic activities.

Dr Fieseler is a regular contributor to Running Times (website and magazine). She is a member of the Board of Directors of the American Medical Athletic Association and the Cancer Foundation for Life and served as the chairperson for the sports medicine committee of the Road Runners Club of America.

She obtained her medical degree from Georgetown University School of Medicine in Washington, DC and completed a family practice residency at Womack Army Community Hospital in Fort Bragg, NC. After completing her military obligation, Dr Fieseler completed a primary care sports medicine fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio.  Prior to moving to Texas, she served as the team physician for the WNBA Rockers and NWFA Fusion (women’s football team) in Cleveland, in addition to providing medical care for local high school and college teams.

Dr Fieseler is passionate about running and has completed numerous marathons and a number of ultramarathons.

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Nancy Clark, a board certified specialist in sports dietetics (CSSD), counsels both competitive athletes and casual exercisers. Her successful private practice is located at Healthworks, the premier fitness center in Chestnut Hill MA. She specializes in nutrition for exercise, wellness, and the management of eating disorders. Her clients have included the spectrum from Olympians and members of the Red Sox, Bruins and Celtics to fitness exercisers and weekend warriors. Her nutrition advice and photo have even been the back of the Wheaties’ box!

Nancy writes a monthly nutrition column called The Athlete’s Kitchen which appears regularly in over 150 sports and health publications and websites. Her best selling Nancy Clark’s Sports Nutrition Guidebook has sold more than 500,000 copies. This popular resource offers both the scientific approach to eating for top performance, as well as the practical “how to” approach that includes specific menu ideas and food recommendations. Nancy’s food guides for new runners, marathoners, cyclists and soccer players are targeted towards aspiring athletes who want to win with good nutrition.

Health and fitness are personal values for Nancy. She is a regular bicycle commuter and runner. She has completed several marathons, bicycled across America, hiked in the Himalayas and recently has started a rowing crew. She lives in the Boston-area with her husband and two children.

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Jeff Galloway has been a visionary and a leader in the running community for almost forty years.  As a world class athlete, he participated in the 1972 Olympics. In 1973, he founded Phidippides, North America’s first exclusively running store.

Jeff developed the Galloway Training Program, popularizing the insertion of walk breaks to comfortably extend running distance.  His program made the marathon possible for almost everyone.  He currently organizes and coordinates training groups in over 85 cities.

An accomplished author, Jeff has written over a dozen books on running. Jeff’s first book, Galloway’s Book on Running (1984) sold over half million copies and continues to be a bestseller in North America. His next book, Marathon! (1996) has been updated and is now a state-of-the-art information source for running or walking the marathon, half marathon and 10-miler. His other books include A Woman’s Guide to Fat Burning, A Woman’s Guide to Running (both co-authored with his wife Barbara), Half Marathon and Running Until You’re 100.  In addition, Jeff is a monthly columnist in Runner’s World.

Jeff’s current positions include: Director of Atlanta’s Kaiser Permanante Corporate Run/Walk (15,000 participants), Spokesperson/Training Director of the Marathon To Fight Breast Cancer (over 8000 in first year) and Official Training Consultant for the Walt Disney Endurance Series.

Through his running schools, retreats, training programs, individual coaching and books, Jeff Galloway has coached over 1 million runners and walkers to their goals.

Jeff lives in Atlanta with wife Barbara and sons Brennan (1981) and Westin (1984). Jeff and Barbara run about 7 marathons together each year including the Athens Classic Marathon (Jeff has run 150 marathons as of Jan 2010).

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