The woman who broke marathon's gender barrier

Dave Prario carries his son Austin across the Boston Marathon finish line in 1998

When Kathrine Switzer made a decision to run the Boston Marathon in 1967, it was not an easy feat. Badgered and almost battered in the process, Switzer persisted to complete the race in 1967.

The most inspiring Boston Marathon participants often don't finish until mid-afternoon, long after the elite runners have crossed and the crowds begin to dissipate.

Switzer captured the occasion with a video near the spot where Semple attempted to yank her off the course and posted it on her Facebook page.

Switzer took her experience in the 1967 Boston Marathon to start the 261 Foundation as a supportive community for women to connect and take control of their lives through the freedom of running, according to its website. But today, women have their own starting line and are regular participants in a race that once kept them locked out. "All the men around me knew that I was a woman", she told The Independent.

The back-story is that back in the good old misogynist 1960s, it was assumed that running was a man's sport.

Two miles into the 1967 race, a race official noticed her and attempted to kick her off the course. He tried to jostle her, but was met with fierce resistance on Ms. Switzer's part. Her boyfriend, who was running with her, pushed the official aside so that she could proceed with the race.

"It was incredible to look around and see so many women running and realize that 50 years ago there was only one", said Carlson.

Switzer finished the race in four hours and twenty minutes. On Monday, she finished the same in 4 hours and 46b minutes, just falling behind by 26 minutes at age 70.

Women's marathon has come a long way since 1967.

After his injury, he competed in multiple marathons including Boston, New York, Chicago and Detroit all using a hand-bike.



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