Kathrine’s story is a must share for its notable and fairytale-esque at the same time.
The Boston Marathon had been an all-male event for seventy years and there were several predispositions about women for running such a long distance until she sprinted the said marathon.
She registered as K V Switzer not knowing even the organizers with the fact that K stood for Kathrine and not for Keith!
Once the race was on track she received a lot of excitement and positivity from her fellow runners.
Regrettably, not everyone was quite so complementary including Jock Semple, the course director, chased after her and tried to pull her down to stop her and rip off her race number (#261).
He yelled “Get the hell outta my race and give me those race numbers”. Kathrine’s boyfriend who was also running, came across and body checked the official and she carried on to finish the race in 4 hours 20 minutes.
Through this event, she was able to raise the right of the women to be able to run and her advocacy succeeded in 1972 when women were officially allowed to compete at Boston, widely regarded as the mecca for marathon running.
She also had success in promoting for the women’s marathon to be part of the Olympics. Boys and girls should have the equal right and access to sporting opportunities just like her story that made notable for the especially for the women.
So where is the fairy tale ending? She married the man who knocked Jock Semple out of the way!
Source: The Story