INSPIRING!! First Woman To Run The Boston Marathon Will Run Again, But THIS TIME, Without Opposition

ASHLAND, MA - APRIL 19: Kathy Switzer roughed up by Jock Semple during Boston Mararthon. (Photo by Paul J. Connell/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)

50 years ago, 20-year-old Kathrine Switzer became the first woman to run the Boston Marathon.

And on Monday, April 17, she’ll run it again—her 39th marathon at age 70.

Switzer registered for the race in 1967 using only her initials, so officials were outraged upon her arrival at realizing she was a woman.

A photo of the race director attempting to rip her bib from her shirt has been historically acclaimed.

Check it out (via CNN):

Now, 50 years later, Kathrine Switzer will return to the Boston Marathon starting line wearing the same number an official tried to rip off her clothing in the 1967 race.
The incident was captured in an iconic photo that turned Switzer into a role model and launched her career as an advocate for women’s equality in sports. Now 70, with 39 marathons under her belt, it will be her first time running the Boston race since 1976 and her first marathon since 2011.
Switzer has said she did not intend to break barriers by entering the race. After all, another woman, Roberta Bingay Gibb, had completed the Boston Marathon the year before without a bib.
But the photo exposed the ugly nature of sexism in sports, thrusting Switzer into the spotlight and altering the course of her life.
Switzer says she could not drop out of the 1967 race.
“Because I knew if I did that no one would believe women could run distances and deserved to be in the Boston Marathon; they would just think that I was a clown, and that women were barging into events where they had no ability. I was serious about my running and I could not let fear stop me,” she said.

 

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