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                                     Kathrine Switzer

           In 1967, she became the first woman to run the Boston Marathon as a numbered
          entry. During her run, race official Jock Semple attempted to stop Switzer and grab

             her official bib; however, he was shoved to the ground by Switzer's boyfriend,
           Thomas Miller, who was running with her, and she completed the race. It was not

                until 1972 that women were allowed to run the Boston Marathon officially

                                                                               After her coach insisted a

                                                                               marathon was too far to run
                                                                               for a "fragile woman"

                                                                                Switzer trained for and
                                                                               completed the 1967 Boston

                                                                               Marathon under entry
                                                                               number 261 with the

                                                                               Syracuse Harriers athletic
                                                                               club. It was another five

                                                                               years before women were
                                                                               officially allowed to com-

                                                                               pete. Her finishing time of
                                                                               approximately 4 hours and

                                                                               20 minutes was nearly an
                                                                               hour behind the first female

                                                                               finisher, Bobbi Gibb, who
                                                                               ran unregistered

                                                                               In 2017 the Athletic
                                                                               Association announced it

                                                                               would not assign bib
                                                                               number 261 to any future

                                                                               runners, as an honour for

        If you feel positive, you have a sense of hope. If you have hope, you can have

        Kathrine Switzer
        I said that there's going to come a day in our lives when women's running is as

        popular and as men's. Looking back, I obviously had a great sense of vision. And I
        was right.

        Kathrine Switzer
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