Now, 50 years later, Kathrine Switzer will return to the Boston Marathon starting line wearing the same number an official tried to rip off her clothing in the 1967 race.
The incident was captured in an iconic photo that turned Switzer into a role model and launched her career as an advocate for women’s equality in sports. Now 70, with 39 marathons under her belt, it will be her first time running the Boston race since 1976 and her first marathon since 2011.
Switzer has said she did not intend to break barriers by entering the race. After all, another woman, Roberta Bingay Gibb, had completed the Boston Marathon the year before without a bib.
“Everything changed,” she told CNN affiliate WBZ-TV. “I said, ‘This is going to change my life, maybe going to change women’s sports and change the world.'”
Unlike Gibb, Switzer managed to score a bib by signing up with …
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