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Running Pioneer Kathrine Switzer Will Headline 'Women on the Move' Conference August 13-15, 2008 in Spearfish, SD

- Retreat in conjunction with Leading Ladies' Marathon and Half-Marathon - FREE LIVE Teleseminar with Kathrine Switzer on Tues., April 29 at 8:00 pm


BOISE, Idaho, April 1, 2008 /PRNewswire/ -- Women's running pioneer Kathrine Switzer headlines an all-star staff for the Women on the Move Conference & Retreat planned for August 13-15, 2008 in Spearfish, South Dakota. The inaugural event, to be held at the historic Spearfish Canyon Lodge, is planned in conjunction with the premier all-woman Leading Ladies' Marathon and Half-Marathon scheduled for August 17 in Spearfish.

"The Women on the Move Retreat grew out of the amazing spirit of sisterhood of the Leading Ladies' Marathon," says Switzer, best known as the woman who challenged the all-male tradition of the Boston Marathon. "I can't think of a better race or place for the conference. The soaring beauty of the canyons, the bounding deer, the cascading waterfalls, and the fragrant pine forests will take your breath away."

In 1967, Switzer became the first woman to officially enter and run the Boston Marathon, and her entry created an uproar and worldwide notoriety when a race official tried to forcibly remove her from the race. Four decades later, Kathrine is still dedicated to creating opportunities and equal sport status for women. Her career has included creating programs in 27 countries for over 1 million women that led to the inclusion of the women's marathon as an official event in the Olympic Games.

The Women on the Move Conference begins on Wednesday, August 13 with an opening run, dinner, and keynote address by Switzer. Thursday and Friday will feature invigorating, informative, and inspiring roundtable discussions and seminars, delicious meals at the Latchstring Restaurant, fellowship with other women athletes, a private tour of the Leading Ladies' Marathon course, conference goodies, and much more.

Leading Ladies' Marathon director Elaine Doll-Dunn says, "This quiet retreat epitomizes the essence of our woman's event -- a time to relax, reflect, and renew in the sacred Black Hills of Dakota. Kathrine Switzer is coming back to grace the course of a fledgling event she stamped with her imprimatur ... 'It's just wacky enough to work; I'll be there!'"

Joining Switzer on the Conference staff is a group of women who also have dedicated themselves to helping women achieve their goals:

* Lori Buksar, nurse and walking coach;

* Chris Childers, doctor and marathon coach;

* Mary Coordt, nutrition professor and three-time Olympic Marathon


* Elaine Doll-Dunn, EdD, Leading Ladies' Marathon race director and


* Rhonda Provost, ultrarunner and spiritual guru;

* Jan Seeley, retreat director and publisher of Marathon & Beyond

magazine; and

* Jenny Stinson, graphic designer and marathon coach.

For more information about the Women on the Move Conference & Retreat, call Jan Seeley at 877/972-4230 or visit

You can also learn more about the Conference by joining a FREE LIVE Teleseminar with Kathrine Switzer on Tuesday, April 29 at 8:00 pm ET. You can sign up for the Teleseminar at the Web site

About Kathrine Switzer

Kathrine Switzer has completed 35 marathons. Her most famous was Boston 1967 when she became the first woman wearing a number to run the traditionally all-male race -- a watershed moment in the women's running movement. Today, Kathrine is an Emmy award-winning TV commentator, motivational speaker, and author. Her latest book is Marathon Woman. To learn more about Kathrine Switzer, visit

About Marathon & Beyond

Marathon & Beyond is an international, bimonthly magazine dedicated to long-distance running. Subscribers live in all 50 states, all provinces of Canada, and countries all around the world M&B readers are well-educated, well-read, like to travel to races, and invest heavily in gear. Learn more at

About Leading Ladies' Marathon

An all-women marathon, Leading Ladies' runs through Spearfish Canyon in the southwestern corner of South Dakota. Its scenic, serene course offers views of the Black Hills area -- with sights like Roughlock Falls and Bridal Veil Falls, limestone cliffs and forest lands, along towering canyon walls, and the waters of Spearfish Creek. Register for the race at

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