Women and equality in long distance running


It’s hard to believe, but 45 Years Ago, An Enraged Boston Marathon Race Director Attacked A Female Runner because women were not allowed to run the Boston Marathon. It wasn’t until a few years later did events allow and encourage women, and Switzer eventually won the 1974 New York City Marathon in 3 hours, 7 minutes. Now of course, women are great marathon competitors and women fill the ranks of any marathon event.

This great photo sequence is the race director trying to remove Switzer from the race, only to have Switzer’s boyfriend knock him away!


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