Boston Marathon’s First Female Runner Kathrine Switzer Competes 50 Years Later

The Boston marathon this year saw some 12,300 women entrants. A far cry from the first Boston marathon way back in 1967. There was only one woman who ran in the marathon then. Kathrine Switzer was that woman, and she remembers that day very well.

Kathrine entered the race using only her initials, she was issued her number and the race began. Just a few miles into the run, she was grabbed by an official – Jock Semple – who tried to forcibly remove her number. He did not manage it, and Kathrine completed the marathon, thus setting the standard for women runners to take part in events.

Fifty years on, Kathrine again ran in the Boston marathon, wearing the very same number. This time, things were very different with thousands of women running the race. 261 of the entrants were from the Fearless Boston Marathon Team, which Kathrine started to empower women to run.

Kathrine has – since that first marathon – run the Boston marathon 9 times, won the New York marathon, and completed a total of 40 marathons in her running career.

Katherine ran as she had done all those years ago, in ‘full regalia’, wearing the bib, eyeliner, mascara and lipstick. At 70 years old, she completed the race in 4 hours, 44 minutes and 31 seconds.

Posting on her facebook page afterwards, Kathrine said that she finished ‘just as she had done 50 years ago’. Her goal has been to change the life of women – just imagine what the next 50 years will bring!

Source: BBC News