In 1967, Kathrine Switzerwas the first woman to enter and complete the Boston Marathon as a numbered entry. She registered under the gender-neutral name of “K.V. Switzer”. After realizing that a woman was running, race organizer Jock Semple shouted, “Get the hell out of my race give me those numbers.” however, Switzer’s boyfriend and other male runners provided a protective shield during the entire Marathon. These photographs taken of the incident made world headlines."
Running has taken me in, and continues to comfort, heal and challenge me in all kinds of magical ways. I am not a "good runner" because I am me. I am a good "me" because I am a runner. - Karen Armstrong