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Happy trails, Becca!

Meet Kathrine Switzer, the first woman to ever finish the Boston Marathon. This picture was taken in 1967, the guy behind her is Jock Semple he was a race organizer for the marathon that year and yes he is most defidently trying to stop her. The guy to her left is Tom Miller, her boyfriend. Unfortunately the picture was taken slightly to early for us to see Mr. Semple get clocked by Tom Miller but oh well. What’s great is years later Semple started working to get women allowed in long distance racing, don’t you just love a good redemption arc? The point is…  

-Ladies: be Switzer! Kick Ass! Take names! Push the envelope! 

 -Gentleman: This is big so listen up. Don’t be afraid to be Tom Miller, I know it hard belive me I’ve been there. I’ve been the guy looking back and not doing anything. But not only is being Miller more rewarding it’s also the right thing to do. So in the words of Shia Laboef…

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ALSO, If you’ve ever acted like Jock Semple this part is for you. If you’ve realized what a gigantic dick you were being feel free to join up with the good guys. After all everyone loves a redemption arc :)

When Katherine Switzer (illegally) entered the Boston Marathon, she was determined to cross the finish line. She was so determined that she continued the race even after event organizers tried to drag her off from the race. By the time she was finished, her feet 👣 were blistered and bloodied. 😓 Part of the problem was that Switzer was wearing men’s athletic shoes 👟 that she had ordered from Europe because athletic shoes for women were not yet manufactured. 

The rise of female runners,  marathoners and athletes in the 70s and 80s, created a market for women needing athletic shoes. In 1982, Reebok introduced the first athletic shoe for women, “The Reebok Freestyle.” Prior to that point, women had to make do with “shrink and pink” replicas of men’s shoes, which were essentially just smaller and yes, pinker versions of men’s shoes 👟 The “Reebok Freestyle" gained popularity during the aerobics craze of the 1980s, and is still sold today. ✨👟❤️

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I am amazed every time I see this video…Kathrine Switzer running the Boston Marathon and the race officials who didn’t want her there because she was a woman.

“In 1967, Kathrine Switzer was the first woman to run the Boston marathon. After realizing that a woman was running, race organizer Jock Semple went after Switzer shouting, “Get the hell out of my race and give me those numbers.” However, Switzer’s boyfriend and other male runners provided a protective shield during the entire marathon. Kathrine later won the NYC marathon” Info from Wikipedia

In 1967, Kathrine Switzer was the first woman to run the Boston marathon. After realizing that a woman was running, race organizer Jock Semple went after Switzer shouting, “Get the hell out of my race and give me those numbers.” However, Switzer’s boyfriend and other male runners provided a protective shield during the entire marathon.The photographs taken of the incident made world headlines, and Kathrine later won the NYC marathon with a time of 3:07:29.

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The year was 1966, and Bobbi Gibb became the first woman to run in the Boston Marathon. She didn’t wear a number since women weren’t allowed to participate in the marathon. The police ran after her, trying to arrest her. Women weren’t considered strong enough to run a marathon.

One year later, Katherine Switzer ran the same marathon. There was also attempts to stop her, but the other runners tackled the opponents and Katherine could finish the lap… only to be disqualified.

This is a picture of Katherine Switzer, the first woman to ever finish the Boston Marathon. She had to try harder than anyone else to complete the race, here you see the race organizers trying to stop her from competing in 1967. What the hell?

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An Amazing story from a women who broke down the walls in Running. Enjoy


Kathrine Switzer on the prejudices women athletes faced, her historic Boston Marathon run, and the doors it opened for other women athletes.

Kathrine Switzer wasn’t the first woman to run the Boston Marathon, but her presence as an official entrant made her a visible and potent threat to the sports world’s status quo. The simple gesture exploded when an official attacked Switzer on the course. The incident was broadcasted worldwide and put a shocking face on the hostility to women’s full participation in athletics. Her 38 subsequent marathons (she’s still running them) include a win in New York in 1974. She led the successful drive to get the women’s race into the Olympic Games, has won an Emmy for her TV commentary, and is the author of three books, including her memoir, Marathon Woman. Switzer’s ongoing campaign to help women around the globe empower themselves through the simple act of running made her a 2011 Inductee into the National Women’s Hall of Fame.