Watch: First woman to run Boston marathon, makes return 50 years later
In 1967, 20-year-old Kathrine Switzer made history when she defiantly became the first woman to officially run in the Boston Marathon.
In 1967, 20-year-old Kathrine Switzer made history when she defiantly became the first woman to officially run in the Boston Marathon — even as race officials tried to physically stop her.
She went ahead and finished the race but was eventually disqualified. Women weren't allowed to enter the race until 1972, but Switzer side-stepped the sexist rule by registering under the gender-neutral name K Switzer.
50 years on, Switzer, aged 70, returned to the starting line wearing the same number. This time, she was far from the only woman. She was an honoured guest whose original number, 261, was retired after she crossed the finish line. Her success has continued through to present day and she has run a total of 39 marathons.
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