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Archive for April 2007

First Woman’s Strides in Boston Still Echoing

Two miles into the 1967 Boston Marathon, an official tried to eject me from the race simply because I was a woman. That event changed my life and, as a consequence, the lives of millions of women around the world. The marathon was a man’s race in those days; women were considered too fragile to…Read More

In ’67, Switzer was ‘Magellan’ in sweats

Kathrine Switzer wonders what would have happened if that April day in 1967 had come up warm and sunny in Hopkinton. “History might have been different,” she muses. “I would have had a really cute outfit on, shorts and a top, and I would have been stopped at the starting line.” Or if she’d entered…Read More

Switzer to Launch Autobiography at Boston Marathon

Although not the first woman to complete the Boston Marathon –that was Roberta “Bobbi” Gibb who ran unofficially in 1966 and clocked 3:27:17– Switzer was the first woman to run the race with an official number issued by the Boston Athletic Association.  Entered only as “K.V. Switzer” in the 1967 edition of the race, her…Read More