Kathrine Switzer and the 1967 Boston Marathon

In April 1967, a man attacked the only woman in the field at the legendary Boston Marathon. The photos of the attack went around the world and made Kathrine Switzer the most famous long-distance runner of her time

Kathrine Switzer’s life would have been different if a man had not tried to box her off the court. Since that bitterly cold morning of April 19, 1967, she has been speaking on television, writing bestsellers and giving newspaper interviews. She fills sports halls with her lectures. She goes on to tell how race director John Semple tries to grab her jersey from behind, but only gets a piece of her race number. How her boyfriend at the time, a muscular football player, pushed Semple aside. How she still has to justify herself decades later because she wants to run a marathon as a woman.

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