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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
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
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
On a dark six-mile run in a wild snowstorm in mid-December 1966, I had a terrible argument with my otherwise kindly old coach, Arnie Briggs. It was in Syracuse, New York, where God first invented snow and never let up. I was a 19-year-old journalism student at Syracuse University, and since there was no women’s…Read More