1st Women to Run Boston Marathon Does it Again 50 Yrs Later
Believe it or not, people used to believe that women weren't capable of running a marathon and were actually forbid from competing in the Boston Marathon. That was, until Katherine Switzer entered under the name "K.V. Switzer" in 1967 and became the first women to ever run in this world famous event. It wasn't without controversy and literal harassment that she completed the race. 2 miles into the race her bib was even ripped from off her body as her boyfriend helped shove protesting men out of the way. She completed the 26.2 miles in 4 hours and 20 minutes and made history!
Now, 50 years later, she took on Boston again, proudly sporting the same bib number #261. The last race for bib #261, as it has now been retired in her honor!
So, to Katherine Switzer, I say cheers! Thank you for being an inspiration to runners and a role model for women!
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