Boston Marathon's first woman Kathrine Switzer competes 50 years later
Apr 22 2017 by Dustin Murphy
Fifty years ago, a clever, determined woman named Kathrine Switzer crossed the finish line at the Boston Marathon - but not before an official tried to drag her from the course.
Kathrine Switzer in 1967, as a race official tries to get her off course during the Boston Marathon. More than a few Twitter commenters invoked the rallying cry, "Nevertheless, she persisted", to honor the anniversary of Switzer's milestone.
Having registered inconspicuously using her initials "K. V. Switzer", the 20-year-old entered the race sporting lipstick, eyeliner and all trappings of "femininity" under the number "261".
As Switzer embraced her destiny for her 50th anniversary race, she focused on starting healthy and finishing strong.
"People were very, very leery at any arduous activity for women because they thought that it would turn her into a man", she said. "To come here to Boston, I knew I was going to face my colleagues who have run many times here". Well, if the mere presence of women constitutes ruining something, then yeah, consider it ruined. In 2011, she was inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame in Seneca Falls, New York, where they quote Laurel Thatcher Ulrich: "Well-behaved women seldom make history". "You always want to be a little bit better", Switzer said. "When Americans break the tape, it's going to be a big deal here". "So people were afraid and they just went about their lives that way and restricted themselves". But she kept on running. There are now more women competing in marathons nationwide than there are men. "I just hope my good time today wasn't just because of the tailwind". I was terrified. I was scared.
Inspired onlookers rushed to congratulate Granville, giving him hugs and cheering him on as he rushed to complete the race.
"And when he came to, he was so impressed", she said.
"I just felt that I had to run the Boston Marathon". Kenyan athletics was left reeling earlier this month after news that Kenya's 2016 Olympic women's marathon champion Jemima Sumgong had failed a drugs test.
Fellow Kenyan Edna Kiplagat, 38, won the women's race, crossing the finish line at 2:21:52 in her Boston debut.
Switzer's boyfriend, Thomas Miller, body-checked Semple, and she ran on, all the way to the finish line. This afternoon, surrounded by members of 261 fearless, the running club she created to empower women.