Boston marathon 2017 hero - the famous pioneer participates in the iconic run again
Brave and strong-willed Kathrine Switzer redefined women's sports once and forever. This young woman took part in the 1967 Boston Marathon, though it used to be a men's-only sporting event. This year, the famous pioneer participates in the iconic run again.
Women started actively participating in sport not so long ago. Only in the 19th century ladies from the upper class got interested in tennis, skiing and horseback riding. In 1900, only three female athletes from Greece performed at the Olympic Games. Up to the second half of the 20th century women were considered too fragile to take part in competitive sports, then the iconic moment at the 1967 Boston Marathon became a great leap forward for the females devoted to sport from all over the world.
In fact, Switzer wasn't the first woman to finish the famous marathon
In 1966, Bobby Gibb completed the Boston Marathon without a bib. She trained for two years and covered 40 miles every day to get ready for the event. When the marathon began, Bobby just jumped into the race from the bushes, wearing men's sports clothes. She is widely recognized as the first woman in history to complete the Boston Marathon unofficially.
One year after Gibb's heroic deed, Switzer signed up to the Boston Marathon using only her initials, but not the full name
As Switzer says, she wasn't going to break grounds by entering the race. Kathrine was well prepared and didn't hide the fact she was a woman. A few miles after the start the race director tried to stop Switzer and rip her number.
The famous photos changed the course of Switzer's life, revealing the ugly truth about sexism in sports
Kathrine's boyfriend didn't allow the officials to grab her bib, so she was able to continue the race. Switzer finished the marathon in 4 hours and 20 minutes, becoming the first woman in history to do it officially.
Switzer's worldwide fame allowed her to leave even a more significant mark in history
Using her new reputation, Kathrine started a campaign and by 1972 women were allowed to officially join the Boston Marathon.
This April, 50 years later, 70-year-old Switzer took part in the event for the second time, using her original number
Over the years, number 261 became female runners' mascot. Switzer's nonprofit organization, which unites running women from all over the country, is called 261 Fearless.
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