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Great Moments in Women’s Sports History -Kathrine Switzer and the Boston Marathon

Posted by sherrysaunders on June 8, 2012

As we celebrate the 40th Anniversary of Title IX this month lets look at an important event in women’s sports history — In 1967, five years before passage of Title IX, Kathrine Switzer was the first woman to run the Boston Marathon as a numbered entry. She had registered as K.V. Swizer, a name she often used.  When race organizer Jock Semple realized there was a woman in the race he 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. Photographs taken of the incident made world headlines.  Katherine finished her first Boston Marathon in 4 hours and 20 minutes behind the first woman to finish Bobbie Gibb.  Gibb had run unregistered.  Finally in 1972 women were allowed to officially run in the Boston Marathon.  In 1974 Kathrine was the first woman finisher with a time of 3:07:29.

Switzer has since devoted her life to creating opportunities and equal status for women in sports.  She was inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame  in 2011 and named Female Runner of the Decade (1967-77) by Runner’s World Magazine.  She has also received an Emmy for her work as a television commentator.

To learn more about what Kathrine Switzer is doing now visit her website and her blog.


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