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Kathrine Switzer, first woman to officially run the Boston Marathon, is racing it this year

  • Women haven’t exactly crossed the finish line when it comes to gender equality, but we’ve certainly come a long way since Kathrine Switzer first hit the pavement at the Boston Marathon.
  • It was 1967 when Switzer, then a 20-year-old journalism student at Syracuse University, became the first woman to officially enter the historic marathon.
  • At the time, women were woefully marginalized in the world of athletics. 
  • According to CNN, Switzer had been training with the men’s cross-country team at Syracuse when she decided to enter the race, with little encouragement from her coach. 
  • In her memoir, Switzer recalled the Syracuse coach telling her the 26-mile marathon was too long for a “fragile woman.”
  • During the marathon in ‘67, race director Jock Semple chased Switzer down and ripped her bib off of her.
  • Now, after running 39 marathons, 70-year-old Switzer will run in this year’s Boston Marathon — wearing the same bib number an angry man tried to rip from her 50 years ago. Read more (4/17/17 11:26 AM)

“There are people that know the truth but stay silent and there are people that speak the truth but we don’t hear them because they’re the minority.”

-Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev

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I haven’t shared most of these photos before. I just never got around to it.

This was the most enjoyable race I’ve ever run. Hard as hell, but an amazing victory lap after three and a half years of work. I knew I was in no shape to race, so I went out and had fun.

Thinking back on this gives me a hell of a lot of motivation to get back.