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The Warmup Lap | 4.3.12 - Katherine Switzer: The First Woman to Run the Boston Marathon

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 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.

Kathrine Switzer speaks about being a running pioneer | Morning Call

The First Woman To Enter The Boston Marathon | NPR

Women at the Boston Marathon: 40 years and running | The Milford Daily News

45 Years Ago, An Enraged Boston Marathon Race Director Attacked A Female Runner | Deadspin

Kathrine Switzer's website

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