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Running for her Life

Thursday, Oct 19, 2017 @ 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm

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Dear Colleagues,

Join the Initiative to End Family Violence and the Center for Biotechnology and Global Health Policy as Kathrine Switzer and Elizabeth Gray share their remarkable stories.

A reception and book signing will follow presentations. Attendees are encouraged to wear running shoes!


Jane Stoever
Director, Initiative to End Family Violence

Michelle Goodwin
Director, Center for Biotechnology and Global Health Policy



Thursday, October 19

3 – 6 p.m.

Crystal Cove Auditorium

UCI Student Center




Iconic athlete, sports and social advocate, author, and Emmy award-winning television commentator, Kathrine Switzer was the first woman to officially run the Boston Marathon. She registered as “K.V. Switzer,” defied the official who tried to force her off the course when she ran the all-male race, and fearlessly changed the face of sports. She has been honored widely for her achievements, most recently being inducted into the USA National Women’s Hall of Fame.


Elizabeth Gray had the courage to take her first step to leave an incredibly abusive marriage. This gave her the courage to run her first marathon, something she had dreamt about for years. Gray, who was recently featured in Runner’s World, now shares her story to help other abuse survivors thrive and is running marathons in each state to raise awareness about domestic violence.



Thursday, Oct 19, 2017
3:00 pm - 6:00 pm