Kathrine Switzer: 50 years ago women were not allowed to run the marathon

“If I quit, everybody’s going to believe women can’t do this.”

That’s the thought that latched itself into Kathrine Switzer’s head when a male official tried to push her off the course of the Boston Marathon in 1967

Perhaps the most significant of Switzer’s achievements was her role in having the women’s marathon added to the Olympics in 1984 — almost 90 years after the men’s event.


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