Wednesday, 26 April, 2017

First woman to run Boston Marathon completes race again 50 years later

Lamar Ellis | 20 April, 2017, 06:18

M - Fifty years after becoming the first woman to officially finish the Boston Marathon, Kathrine Switzer has done it again, ABC Newsreported. The dedication and diversity of the crowd is reflected in the numbers compiled by the Boston Athletic Association on the 2017 race.

When Switzer ran in 1967, she was 20, and entered as "K.V. Switzer" - so none of the race organizers would know she was a woman. And someday, maybe you can run a marathon.

Switzer told WBZ-TV that 125 people ran with her to raise money for the foundation. They ran 26.2 miles together three weeks before the race, and Switzer suggested they go five more - just to be sure.

He said the flag was sent to him while he was recovering from his devastating injury, but because he was feeling bitter and anti-social as he struggled to cope with the loss of his leg, he waited years to unfurl it. "He was like an evangelist and helped me sign up".

"I generally am pretty law-abiding".

"It was awesome out there", Switzer said, according to the Globe.

"But am I bold?"

Kirui said he now planned to concentrate on marathon running after failing to find success in track events. "I ask for forgiveness".

Despite an official trying to drag her from the course, she managed to complete the race and her bib number, 261, became famous.

"Unless we have rules, society will be in chaos". Semple, who died in 1988, maintained he was trying to protect his race from global rules that sanctioned only men's marathons.

The longest distance women were allowed to run in the Olympics at that time was 800 meters. Included in those were members of the 261 Fearless Boston Marathon Team, an organisation Switzer founded after racing in 1967 to empower women in athletics. "If that girl were my daughter, I would spank her". "It wasn't until Jock Semple attacked me did everything change".

Meanwhile, Kathrine went on to complete 39 marathons, and win the New York City marathon in 1974, before creating a series of women-only races (the Avon International Running Circuit) across the world.

There was no apparent restriction on a woman's participation in the marathon.

"I tried many times in the track but I see my future in marathon", he said.

"What happened to me was a radicalizing experience".

Jordan Hasay from the United States, who was making her debut in marathon clocked 2:23.00 for third place.

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