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50 Years Later! Boston Marathon History [4/17/2017]

04/17/2017, 11:15am CDT
By Kari Krakow

1st woman to officially run Boston Marathon to do it again, 50 years later



As I am currently tracking 4 friends today running Boston, I couldn't help but pass on this article.  A true inspiration. 


1st woman to officially run Boston Marathon to do it again, 50 years later

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Kathrine Switzer's friend intervenes as a race official tries to rip the number off her shirt and remove her from the race.​


(CNN)A 20-year-old Syracuse University journalism student made history in 1967 by becoming the first woman to officially enter the Boston Marathon.

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.

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