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Kathrine Switzer Helped Women Run Marathons

Then: Hopkinton, Mass., April 19, 1967 – A girl listed as “K. Switzer of Syracuse” found herself about to be thrown out of the all-male Boston Marathon. But companion Thomas Miller of Syracuse block and tossed the race official out of the running instead. The picture sequence shows Jock Semple, official, moving in to intercept Miss Switzer then being bounced himself by Miller. Photos by Harry Trask of Boston Traveler.

Now: The “Boston Incident” of 1967 was the spark that ignited the woman’s running revolution. Kathrine Switzer went on to finish the 1967 Boston Marathon in 4 hours 20 minutes, despite being disqualified by Jock Semple. She was inspired by the incident, however, to go on to run 35 marathons, including 8 Boston Marathons. She won the 1974 New York City Marathon.She ran a personal best in 1975 of 2 hours, 51 minutes. She also created the Avon International Running Circuit, a global series of women’s running events in 25 countries, involving over one million women.

Any use of this photo whatsoever must be credited to AP/Wideworld Photo.


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