In 1967, Katherine Switzer became the first woman ever to run for a marathon, challenging patriarchal tradition as till then no female was allowed to run for a marathon. She made history during the Boston Marathon of 1967. Fifty years on, Katherine Switzer returned to run for Boston Marathon yet again to inspire millions.
She retained her old Bib no 261, which was snatched away from her in 1967 because as soon as the officials realised that ‘by mistake’ they have allowed a woman to be part of the marathon, they forced her to leave the race. Photographs of her running in the marathon with one of the officials trying to snatch her Bib no from her T-shirt and trying to push her off, were splashed across all the major newspapers of that time.
— Kathrine Switzer (@KVSwitzer) April 17, 2017
— Neil OHanlon (@DRF1001) April 17, 2017
— Always Autumn Reign (@AutumnReign69) April 18, 2017
— Crunches & Couture (@CrunchesnCoutur) April 17, 2017
— Jennifer Delora, PhD (@jenniferdelora) April 18, 2017
— Harald R. Fortmann (@HRFortmann) April 18, 2017
She finished the marathon triumphantly in 4 hrs 48 minutes and 6seconds. Here’s a video she posted on her ‘261 Fearless’ community’s Facebook page: