Kathrine Switzer was the first woman to run the Boston Marathon as a numbered entry.

She registered for the race under the gender-neutral “K. V. Switzer”. Race official Jock Semple attempted to physically remove her from the race, and according to Switzer said, “Get the hell out of my race and give me those numbers.” However, Switzer’s boyfriend Tom Miller, who was running with her, shoved Semple aside and sent him flying, and other runners provided a shield for her. The photographs taken of the incident made world headlines.

Undaunted, Runners and Spectators Gather for the 2014 Boston Marathon

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More than 35,000 runners and nearly half a million spectators turned out for the 118th annual Boston Marathon today. Despite last year’s bombings at the finish line, top athletes from 91 countries convened in Boston again this year. Family, friends and well-wishers—undeterred by last year’s tragedy—lined the 26.2 mile route from Hopkinton to Boston to cheer and document the event.

Rita Jeptoo of Kenya, with a time of 2:18:57, took first in the women’s category. With a time of 2:08:37, Meb Keflezighi took first place among men, the first American to do so since 1983.


American Meb Keflezighi won the men’s division of the Boston Marathon today. Rita Jeptoo of Kenya won the women’s.

Keflezighi is the first American man to win the race since 1983. Jeptoo captured back-to-back championships and became the seventh woman to win three marathon crowns.

As the winners crossed the finish, they were cheered on by spectators, many in yellow and blue “Boston Strong” T-shirts, who came to watch the race a year after a pair bombs exploded near the finish line. 

Photos: Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty Images, EPA/C.J. Gunther


The Fiftieth Running of the Boston Marathon,  April 20, 1946

"One hundred and one long distance runners compete in the fiftieth annual marathon race of over 26 miles at Boston in the United States. Among the runners are former winners and young hopefuls. Through the suburbs of Boston the runners make their way. And all eyes are on courageous Stylianos Kyriakides of Greece, who passes last year’s winner. Kyriakides goes on to win in 2 hours, 29 minutes, 27 seconds and gain the laurel wreath."

Excerpted from: “United News” Newsreel, “Japanese go to polls in first free election [etc.], 1946