Kathrine Switzer’s No. 261 bib shows the signs of the times: tears at the corner where a Boston Marathon official tried to rip it off her mid-race.
Switzer became the first woman to officially run the Boston Marathon in 1967 when she registered as “KV Switzer” (for Kathrine Virginia) to elude organizers even though there was no rule based on gender. She has long been one of running’s most iconic figures and ran the race again in 2017.
Switzer, 73, shared how she got into running for the Yahoo Sports video series “Breaking It Down” and reflected on the moment the race director attempted to take her bib and keep her from competing. It occurred a mile and a half in, and her boyfriend decked the man while she continued her race.