When Kathrine Switzer set out to run her first marathon she didn’t mean to start a running revolution, she simply wanted to prove the boys wrong. Switzer was a 20-year-old journalism student in 1967 and the first woman to join her university track and field running team.
During training, her coach would entertain her with tales of running the Boston Marathon – one of the world’s most famous and prestigious long distance races in the world. Back then, women were considered physically incapable of running 42 kilometres and were therefore not eligible to enter the marathon. Switzer was determined to change that.