The First Female Marathon Runner


This weekend around 45,000 people, men and women, will take part in the London Marathon. However 40 years ago the marathon was a male dominated event.

In 1967, Kathrine Switzer was the first woman to enter the Boston marathon as a numbered entry.

After realizing that a woman was running, race organizer Jock Semple went after Switzer shouting, โ€œGet the hell out of my race and give me those numbers.โ€

However, Switzerโ€™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 NYC marathon with a time of 3:07:29.

Good luck to all runners on Sunday and let me know how you get on.


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