Katherine Switzer was the first female runner to participate in the Boston Marathon in 1967.
At the time, women were not allowed to run in the race. Switzer registered for her first race using her initials. She entered as K.V. Switzer when she was 20.
Now, 50 years later at the age of 70, she finished the race in 04:44:31.
Katherine was wearing her original bib number 261, and the number was officially retired after crossing the finish line.
During her first race, the director of the race Jock Semple tried to tear her bib off and push her off course. Her boyfriend stepped in to push Semple away from Switzer.
At 70 years old, Switzer ran alongside members of the 261 Fearless team, which is an organization she created to encourage women to face challenges while using the sport of running as a pathway.
“I can’t thank the people on the streets of Boston enough. I am so grateful for being able to run the Boston Marathon 50 years after my first one,” said Switzer after the race today. “I’d like to thank the BAA and everyone involved for their amazing support this entire weekend. I’d also like to send special thanks to the members of our 261 Fearless Boston Marathon team who have helped empower women globally through running.”
To check out Katherine Switzer’s organization Fearless 261, click here.
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