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Age Is Just A Number, Ladies! Kathrine Switzer Has Proved That

It is proved. Women, like wine, get better with age! In 1967, when women were barred from running the Marathon, Kathrine Switzer, did something unusual.For 1967 Boston Marathon, she registered herself as K V Switzer, to hide her gender.  A race official tried to physically remove her after he discovered that she was a female. Kathrine dons many hats. She is an author, a television commentator and a marathon runner. Born in Germany to a US army major, Kathrine is a woman of strength. She had paved her way in the Boston Marathon in 1967, and since then there is no looking back. A trailblazer, Kathrine has repeated the feat of Boston Marathon 50 years later. She was happily cheered by the crowd, who was delighted to see her run.Kathrine Switzer, who is now 70, ran the Boston marathon this year and broke all shackles of age!Read her amazing story.

1967: When she was removed from Boston Marathon.

It was a historic marathon because Kathrine was the first woman to succeed in the all-male marathon a female entrant. This is what she had to say when she was being dodged by an official in the race in 1967, “I jerked my head around quickly and looked square into the most vicious face I’d ever seen,” she wrote. “A big man, a huge man, with bared teeth was set to pounce, and before I could react he grabbed my shoulder and flung me back, screaming: ‘Get the hell out of my race and give me those numbers!’ I knew if I dropped out no one would believe women could run distances and deserved to be in the Boston Marathon. They would just think that I was a clown and that women were barging into events where they had no ability.”

Definitely, a struggling moment for the path-breaker. 

The race gained public attention due to the inhuman act of the official. 

She participated in the Boston Marathon 50 years ago and this year, too.

She is 70 years old now and has participated in the Boston Marathon. 

She wrote in an essay for the New York Times... 

"The marathon was a man's race in those days; women were considered too fragile to run it."

Yet, she covered the marathon in 1967 in 4 hours 20 minutes.

But, her boyfriend had to show his strength to the official, to protect her. 

This time, in 2017 she was a little slow, she covered it in 4:44:31.

You will be surprised to know that women were allowed to participate in the marathon in 1972.

Wow! The ecstatsy on her face.

She confessed to the Boston Globe, "It was awesome out there. I hope my good time today wasn't just because of the tailwind."

You are an inspiration for all of us, lady!

Women joined marathons in Olympics in 1984, and since then there has been no looking back. At present, more than 50 percent of the marathon runners in the United States are women. 

She has competed in over 30 marathons so far.

She won New York Marathon in 1974 in 3:07:29. Whoa! That was superb!

Kathrine is much more than just an athlete.

She has been an Emmy Award-winning television commentator, sports, social activist and an author, too. She is also the founder of 261 Fearless, a running club for women. 261 was her number of jersey she wore in 1967 marathon. 

Switzer began 2017 Boston Marathon wearing the same number, 261.

To her delight, she was given the honor of firing the gun.

Also, she is looking forward to participating in the New York Marathon this year. All the best, lady!

Kathrine has a strong message for all the women.

Being a trailblazer, she has this to say, "We learned that women are not deficient in endurance and stamina and that running requires no fancy facilities or equipment. Women's marathoning has created a global legacy."Lady, you have a point here!