This collection of photos is suggested to accompany material about Kathrine Switzer. You may download any of them individually by clicking on the photo. For your convenience the photos below are available in this zip file along with a PDF of the caption and credit copy:
1967 Boston Marathon
In 1967, irate race official Jock Semple tried forcibly to remove Kathrine Switzer from the then all-male Boston Marathon simply because she was a woman. Luckily for Switzer, her boyfriend bounced the official out of the race instead and she went on to finish. Switzer was inspired by the incident to create running events for women all over the world and was a leader in getting the women’s marathon into the Olympic Games. Photo on left is Semple pursuing Switzer, middle photo is Switzer’s boyfriend hitting Semple, right photo is Semple being bounced off the racecourse.
When this photo first appeared in 1967, this was the original caption:
“Hopkinton, Mass, April 19, 1967: Who says chivalry is dead? When a girl listed as ‘K. Switzer from Syracuse’ found herself about to be thrown out of normally all-male Boston Marathon today, husky companion Thomas Miller of Syracuse threw block that tossed race official out of the running instead. Sequence show Jock Semple, official, moving in to intercept Miss Switzer, then being bounced himself by Miller. Photos by Harry Trask of Boston Traveler. “
2011 BMW Berlin Marathon
Kathrine Switzer, age 64, at the finish of her 39th marathon, the 2011 BMW Berlin Marathon. She was given an elite bib number and started the race alongside world record holders Paula Radcliffe and Patrick Makau, a once-in-a-lifetime experience. She did not stay with these runners long! She finished in 4:36.
Photo credit: marathonfoto.com