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  • Lynne Rosen

    Katherine Switzer Women were not allowed to enter the Boston Marathon officially until 1972. Roberta "Bobbi" Gibb is recognized as the first woman to run the entire Boston Marathon (in 1966). In 1967, Kathrine Switzer, who had registered as "K. V. Switzer", was the first woman to run with a race number. She finished, despite a famous incident in which race official Jock Semple tried to rip off her numbers and eject her from the race.[8]

  • Melissa Thrailkill

    “Life is for participating, not for spectating.” - Kathrine Switzer, the first woman to run the Boston Marathon. She entered with her initials, because women weren't allowed to enter and run the race. When a race official tried to forcibly remove her during the marathon, other runners stepped in and blocked him, and she finished. This was in 1967. It would not be until 1972 that #women would be officially allowed to #run in the #bostonmarathon.

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  • Kelli Hunter

    She didn't crash actually. She was entered. There was a woman the year before who crashed and finished the Boston but she was not numbered.

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.

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Pre takes a victory lap after winning the first heat of the 5000m event of the 1972 Olympic trials, Eugene Oregon. July 6, 1972. Sports Illustrated photo.