Posted on December 19, 2014

Women Can Run Marathons // 261


I love the story of Kathrine Switzer and wanted to share it with you all, for those of you who don’t know who she is.

Kathrine Switzer is known as being the first women to run the Boston Marathon as a numbered entry. In 1967, she signed up under the name K. V. Switzer under entry number 261 with Syracuse Harriers athletic club.

During the race, when it was realised she was a woman by race officials, one tried to physically remove her from the race. Her boyfriend shoved him out of the way. Photographs of this incident made headlines around the world.

0415_marathon-switzerAfter this, she then realised that she had to finish this marathon to prove women could do it.

5 years later, women were officially allowed to run the Boston Marathon.




  • Reply Zoe December 20, 2014 at 6:29 am

    I’ve never heard of her, but she’s so inspirational! I love everything that has to do with feminism and the movement. xx

  • Reply Sarah December 20, 2014 at 1:24 pm

    I’ve never heard this story before but wow – I never even knew women at one point were not allowed to run! That’s just unbelievable! Good on her and her boyfriend for fending him off and supporting her!

    Fascinating! I’ll have to remember her every time I do an event run now!

    Sarah 🙂
    Saloca in Wonderland

  • Reply Eena December 20, 2014 at 6:52 pm

    I did not know you had a fitness blog until now! So glad I found it!

    And, she seems like such an inspirational woman. Glad I got read about her.


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