First Woman to Enter the Boston Marathon Runs It Again, 50 Years Later


A 20-year-old Syracuse University journalism student made history in 1967 by becoming the first woman to officially enter the Boston Marathon.

Monday, 50 years later, Kathrine Switzer crossed the finish line of the Boston Marathon wearing the same bib number an official tried to rip off her clothing in the 1967 race.

This was Switzer’s 40th marathon and her ninth time running the Boston race. The 70-year-old finished with an unofficial race time of 4:44:31 and an average mile of 10:51.
The 1967 encounter was captured in an iconic photo that turned Switzer into a hero and launched her career as an advocate for women in sports.

Switzer has said she did not intend to break barriers by entering the 1967 race. After all, another woman, Roberta Bingay Gibb, had completed the Boston Marathon in 1966 without a bib.

But e photo exposed the ugly nature of sexism in sports, thrusting Switzer into the spotlight and altering the course of her life.

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