The First Woman to Enter the Boston Marathon
In 1967, Katherine Swetzer was the first woman to enter and finish the Boston Marathon.  And she finished in 4:20!
The photos shows one of the race organizers, Jock Semple (i wonder if the jock strap was named after him), trying to push her off the course demanding that she give him back the numbers, and her then-boyfriend, Thomas Miller, blocking him.  I read (not in this article) that for the rest of the race, her friends that were also running created a barricade around her so she could safely finish.
5 years later, women were allowed to officially enter the race.
WOW!

The First Woman to Enter the Boston Marathon


In 1967, Katherine Swetzer was the first woman to enter and finish the Boston Marathon.  And she finished in 4:20!

The photos shows one of the race organizers, Jock Semple (i wonder if the jock strap was named after him), trying to push her off the course demanding that she give him back the numbers, and her then-boyfriend, Thomas Miller, blocking him.  I read (not in this article) that for the rest of the race, her friends that were also running created a barricade around her so she could safely finish.

5 years later, women were allowed to officially enter the race.

WOW!

  1. mermay reblogged this from dancingkitchen and added:
    New hero.
  2. dancingkitchen reblogged this from mare-sf and added:
    snaps. girl power.
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