In 1967 Boston Marathon organizer Jock Semple attempted to take the running bib from Katherine Switzer during the race until her boyfriend, Tom Miller intervened. AP
In 1967, Katherine Switzer became the first woman to run the male-only Boston Marathon by using a ruse to get her bib (she used her initials on the entry form to conceal the fact she was a woman). During the race longtime organizer Jock Semple rushed at her trying to take her numbers and eject her from the race. Switzer's boyfriend Tom Miller, a 235-pound, former All-American football player, delivered a block that became immortalized in the above photos.
This year's Boston Marathon, to be held in two weeks, is the 45th anniversary of that event and the 40th anniversary of the restriction against women running the race being lifted. As a result, it seems there has been a renewal of interest in Switzer's famous run.
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