Kathrine Switzer was attacked 50 years ago running in the Boston Marathon because she is a woman
Monday, 17 April 2017 () Kathrine Switzer was a few miles into her history-making run at the Boston Marathon on April 19, 1967, when Jock Semple, the co-director of the famous 26-mile race, suddenly appeared behind her and tried to shove her out of the competition. Semple’s lunge at Switzer was captured by national news photographers. What happened next changed running forever. Switzer’s boyfriend, Thomas Miller, threw a block that knocked Semple out of her way, allowing the 20-year-old runner from Syracuse...
After Kathrine Switzer entered the marathon in 1967 — without telling organizers she was a woman — the race director tried to rip her numbers off. She... NPR - USAlso reported by •CBS News •Mashable •Newsmax •BBC News
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