The woman who broke marathon's gender barrier

In 1967 irate race official Jock Semple tried forcibly to remove Kathrine Switzer from the then all-male Boston Marathon

In 1967 irate race official Jock Semple tried forcibly to remove Kathrine Switzer from the then all-male Boston Marathon

The first time Kathrine Switzer stood on the starting line of the Boston Marathon, it was as the lone woman in a men-only race.

Although Gibb was also in the race for the second year in a row, it was Switzer in official Bib No. 261 that so offended race director Jock Semple that he ran after her, in his blazer and slacks, and tried to pull her off the course.

Two miles into the 1967 race, a race official noticed her and attempted to kick her off the course.

It's been 50 years since the first woman completed the 26.2 mile journey from Hopkinton to Boylton St.

"I finished, like I did 50 years ago", Switzer posted on Facebook after completing Monday's race.

Kathrine Switzer knows what it means to run for equal rights.

The Portland, Ore. resident bettered the previous mark by almost four minutes in what was perhaps the performance of the day at the Boston Marathon.

That year, another woman tried to race the marathon by jumping out of a bush, but Switzer was the only one to be officially registered. "That event changed my life and, as a effect, the lives of millions of women around the world.", she writes in an essay in The New York Times. Her boyfriend, who was running with her, pushed the official aside so that she could proceed with the race.

She finished in a time of 4:44:31, receiving widespread admiration and applause from fellow runners and on social media.

Ms Switzer's run 50 years ago is widely credited with forcing the Boston Marathon to start allowing female runners in 1972.

"And when he came to, he was so impressed", she said. "I just hope my good time today wasn't just because of the tailwind".

Others have even more motivation that they run for, like Katie Rose from Concord, North Carolina. "I'm my own worst critic, but my critique document is still blank".

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