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50 Years Later: 1st Woman to Run Boston Marathon Does It Again

This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at USF chapter.

Last month, Her Campus USF published an article titled “Celebrating Women’s History Month: Who We Look Up To,” featuring runner Kathrine Switzer. Switzer was the first woman to run the Boston Marathon as a numbered entry in 1967.

What happened next would change sporting forever:

She was grabbed by a race official who tried to rip her number from her sweat shirt simply because she was a woman. The man yelled, “Get the hell out of my race and give me those numbers.”

Despite being grabbed, Switzer finished the race and spent the rest of her life as an advocate for gender equality in sports. In 2011, she was inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame for her work to challenge the status quo and empower women to enter athletic events.

On Monday, Switzer ran the 2017 Boston Marathon fifty years later, crossing the finish line wearing the same bib number that she wore in 1967. The Boston Marathon will retire bib no. 261 in her honor.

Per CNN, Switzer said, “The race today was a celebration of the past 50 years; the next 50 are going to be even better.”

Now, at 70-years-old, she finished the race in four hours, 44 minutes, just 24 minutes slower than her time in 1967.

ABC News reported that Switzer said she aimed to inspire women of all ages to be strong, active and confident in themselves. She also reportedly said she’ll be competing in the New York Marathon in the future.

I began at Her Campus USF as a writer in Spring 2017. Then, served as Senior Editor in Fall 2017 and currently serve as the Editor-in-Chief. I am passionate about writing, social media, and graphic design. I am a portrait photographer and a self-proclaimed makeup junkie. Follow me on Twitter and Instagram @cc_red13 to connect!
I am a junior at the University of South Florida. I am specializing in Public Relations while pursuing certificates in Business and Visualization & Design. I hope to one day combine all of these and pursue law in the entertainment and even branch out to other passions in family law. While I am studying to achieve these dreams, I have furthered my collection of coffee cups and obsession with caffeine. I currently work as a barista and love to whip up new ideas, whether it be actual coffee creations or branding ideas. My other hobbies include enjoying short walks to the movies and my computer. This is usually to catch up on the latest and greatest shows. If it's not film, it is music. I love the thrill of listening to live music of my favorite and new bands. These inspire me to discover my individuality and brand, while challenging myself to help others find theirs.