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    Woman runs marathon!

    As an ex-runner from the '80's I knew of this story of course, but it was nice to be reminded of it today.

    Kathrine Switzer became a hero of the women’s rights movement in 1967 after she officially completed the then all-male race. Having registered under the name KV Switzer, her gender went unnoticed by officials at the start line, but a few miles in she was attacked by an angry official who tried to pull her off the course – creating an enduring image of women’s right’s history.

    With the help of a bodyblock from her boyfriend, Switzer evaded the official and finished the race in four hours 20 minutes.

    On Monday, aged 70, she ran it again, finishing just under 25 minutes slower in 4:44:31.
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    https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/...ine-switzer-50

    also this Meet the first woman to run the Boston Marathon (illegally) 50 years ago ? now 70, she's about do it again
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    Quote Originally Posted by bikerjulio View Post
    As an ex-runner from the '80's I knew of this story of course, but it was nice to be reminded of it today.



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    https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/...ine-switzer-50

    also this Meet the first woman to run the Boston Marathon (illegally) 50 years ago ? now 70, she's about do it again
    I did not know about this story until I saw it on the news this week. Good for her for breaking that barrier.

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    I live in Boston and see the media coverage barrage every year so I've heard a lot of stories of individuals and history of the race.
    It's odd that until this year I've never heard a peep about this woman. I guess because 50 years is a nice round number it's getting a lot of local press this year.

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    I guess as long as she got permission from her man it's okay. Still, there are sandwiches to be made.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jay Strongbow View Post
    I live in Boston and see the media coverage barrage every year so I've heard a lot of stories of individuals and history of the race.
    It's odd that until this year I've never heard a peep about this woman. I guess because 50 years is a nice round number it's getting a lot of local press this year.
    She travels to other races and speaks and sells some items. We met her a couple years ago along with Jeff Galloway. Interesting to talk to if you get a chance.
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    All those miles and her uterus didn't fall out?? Astonishing. I do hate when that happens.

    I knew about the story, but didn't realize she's only 25 minutes slower at 70, damn respectable time to begin with.

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    It shouldn't be news, but goes to show how much things can change in a short time (skip to 2:20 for footage from 1967):


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    She fought against women being excluded from marathons. That's awesome and as it should be, no reason women shouldn't be able to participate if they want to. "She later went on to create women's-only marathons." Isn't that kinda defeating the point of her battle? When any group fights for equality and inclusion and gets it, which is great because there should never have been need for that fight to begin with, and then turns around and creates it's own exclusion, how has anything really been accomplished? Just feels a bit hypocritical to me when that sort of thing happens.
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    Just feels a bit hypocritical to me when that sort of thing happens.

    I guess it gives women their own playing field, maybe w/o fear of getting attacked originally??

    I'd like to see a co-ed TdF. They've already got a women's version, is there any reason both can't be done at the same time? Works fine for marathons.

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