Monday, April 16, 2012

Today Is The Boston Marathon

Congrats to Wesley Korir and Sharon Cherop for winning.

But 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. As a result of her run, the AAU barred women from all competition with male runners, on pain of losing the right to compete.

Kathrine later won the NYC marathon in 1974 with a time of 3:07:29.

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