Kathrine Switzer marathon. First woman to break the barrier & run in the Boston marathon. It took another 5 years before woman were allowed to run. 1967. These photos are when she was being attacked by an official.
Kathrine Switzer. She was the first woman to run the Boston Marathon with a numbered entry. She competed in 1967--FIVE years before women were officially allowed to compete. She won it in 1974--TWO years after women could officially compete.
In 1967, Kathrine Switzer was the first woman to run the Boston marathon. After realizing that a woman was running, race organizer Jock Semple went after Switzer shouting, “Get the hell out of my race and give me those numbers.” However, Switzer’s boyfriend and other male runners provided a protective shield during the entire marathon.The photographs taken of the incident made world headlines, and Kathrine later won the 1974 NYC marathon (women's division) with a time of 3:07:29. GO GIRL!
Melissa Malamut with Boston Magazine catches up with Kathrine during the 2014 Boston Marathon weekend festivities. Five Questions with Kathrine Switzer. http://www.bostonmagazine.com/health/blog/2014/04/22/five-questions-kathrine-switzer/