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First woman to run the Boston Marathon does it again 50 years later

Katharine Switzer (Wikicommons) Katharine Switzer (Wikicommons)
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At age 70, a woman ran the Boston Marathon for the second time after 50 years.

Kathrine Switzer became the first woman to complete the Boston Marathon in 1967 when the race was only open to men. She hid her gender and registered as "K.V. Switzer."

During the race, an official tried to force her from the course after a few miles. 

“The marathon was a man’s race in those days; women were considered too fragile to run it,” she wrote in an essay for “The New Times” 10 years ago. “But I had trained hard and was confident of my strength. Still, it took a body block from my boyfriend to knock the official off the course.” 

Five years after Switzer's historic race, the Boston Marathon opened to female runners. 

She's finished more than 30 marathons and founded a running club for women. 

Switzer wore number 261 in the 1967 marathon and on Monday, she wore the same. The number will reportedly be retired this year.

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