Making History: Kathrine Switzer Runs the Boston Marathon
In March, we celebrated Women's History Month with 31 days of women's history.
Each day of the month, we highlighted a historic moment, as told through the personal stories of our MAKERS. We chose to highlight the first woman to officially run the Boston Marathon, Kathrine Switzer.
When Kathrine Switzer registered for the then still all-male Boston Marathon in 1967, she signed up with her initials "K.V. Switzer," unknowingly setting herself up to become the first woman to officially register in the race. A race official however was none to pleased to see a woman running and attempted to physically drag her out of the race ... without success.
She finished the race in 4 hours and and 20 minutes. In 1972, women were finally granted the overdue right to participate in the race.
Learn more about her by watching the video above.