First woman to run Boston Marathon does it again 50 years later

During the run, she took a video at the same spot where an official tried to pull her number off her in 1967. That's because she didn't want her form to stand out from the mens'.

"I had to put back something which was not mine", Kiplagat told reporters.

A year earlier, Bobbi Gibb ran Boston as its first unregistered woman.

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

Switzer donned her original bib number, 261, for the 2017 race. She wore baggy clothes as protection from the snow.

The first woman to ever compete in the Boston Marathon crossed the finish line again a half-century after since she was almost thrown out by an official. This guy was out of control. He was snarling at me, ' she said.

Kathy Switzer is roughed up by race official Jack Semple during the 1967 Boston Mararthon.

"...an official tried to eject me from the race simply because I was a woman".

"I was so terrified and embarrassed and humiliated, but then I said, 'No, I've got to finish this race because if I don't, nobody is going to believe women should be taken seriously", she said.

Tews said she had a chance to meet Switzer in person over the weekend at a symposium where Switzer was the guest speaker.

In a moving finish, Granville picked up his race partner and guide and carried her over the finish line over his shoulders. The Boston Marathon officially admitted women in 1972 and Ms. Switzer's ardent effort at advocating running for women saw the event being included in the Los Angeles Summer Olympics of 1984. It aims to empower young women through running.

The 38-year-old mother of two broke away from Kenyan-born Rose Chelimo of Bahrain with five kilometres to go to win the race on her debut in 2 hours 21 minutes and 53 seconds.

She crossed the finish line in three hours, and twenty-one minutes, ahead of almost two-thirds of the men.

"The marathon was a man's race in those days; women were considered too fragile to run it", she wrote in an essay for The New York Times 10 years ago. She told us he changed her life, gave her a career, focus, and health, and practically introduced her to her husband.

Tews said when she ran her first Boston Marathon 25 years ago, only about 1,500 women entered, and they were given a pink bib and sent to a separate starting corral.

  • Leroy Wright