Kathrine Switzer – 1st woman to officially run Boston Marathon

Kathrine Switzer will always be best known as the woman who challenged the all-male tradition of the Boston Marathon and became the first woman to officially enter and run the event.

Switzer trained for and completed the 1967 Boston Marathon under entry number 261 with the Syracuse Harriers athletic club.[5] It was another five years before women were officially allowed to compete.

Switzer was the women’s winner of the 1974 New York City Marathon, with a time of 3:07:29 (59th overall).[19][20] Her personal best time for the marathon distance is 2:51:37, at Boston in 1975.[21]

Switzer was named Female Runner of the Decade (1967–77) by Runner’s World Magazine and later became a television commentator for marathons, starting with the 1984 Olympic women’s marathon, and received an Emmy for her work.[3][22] She wrote Running and Walking for Women over 40 in 1997. She released her memoir, Marathon Woman, in April 2007, on the 40th anniversary of her first running of the Boston Marathon. In April 2008, Marathon Woman won the Billie Award for journalism for its inspiring portrayal of women in sports.[23] When visiting the Boston Marathon, Switzer is glad to see other female runners:

When I go to the Boston Marathon now, I have wet shoulders—women fall into my arms crying. They’re weeping for joy because running has changed their lives. They feel they can do anything.

— Kathrine Switzer, The Nation (2013)