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Posted: March 30th, 2012
40 years of women at Boston


Associated Press

The Boston Marathon is celebrating 40 years of women running the marathon, which is, you know, ironic considering they tried pretty dang hard to STOP the first woman from running the Boston Marathon back in 1967 when race official Jock Semple jumped from the media truck and infamously tried to shove Katherine Switzer, 20, off the course (So I sound bitter?).

You all know the story…Switzer’s boyfriend blocked Semple and Switzer finished the race. She was, however, disqualified after crossing the finish line in 4 hours and 20 minutes.

Here’s an nice piece on Women at the Boston Marathon: 40 Years and running.

And here, in Switzer’s own words, is her story: The Real Story of Katherine Switzer’s 1967 Boston Marathon.

The rest is history. My infamous run at the 1967 Boston Marathon is recorded as unofficial and does not post a time, although it was around 4:20:00. Despite that the BAA wanted nothing to do with me, the fact that I ran with a number made headlines around the world. The New York Times reported the story but inadvertently said I didn’t finish. I was furious and personally called the reporter to correct his mistake, saying just because you filed your story while I was still out running didn’t mean I didn’t finish! It was this incident as much as any other that made me determined to become a better runner, to prove I could also be a real athlete, as I certainly never was a quitter and even with all the dreadful stuff at Boston I would have finished that race on my hands and knees to prove that a woman could do it.

You did us proud, sister. Thanks for leading the way.

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