R for Running a marathon #AtoZChallenge
Let me start by clearing the air. I am not running a marathon. Yet.
Today’s story is about Katherine Switzer. This year she marked 50 years of the day she was stopped from running a marathon. Yes, you are reading it right. Until 1972, women were not allowed to run marathons.
Katherine was the first woman to run the Boston marathon in 1967. At that time, this was a men’s only event and Katherine was physically removed from the race, however, her boyfriend who was also running helped her continue and finish.
4 hours and 20 minutes.
50 years ago, Kathrine Switzer became the first woman to enter the Boston Marathon. Today, she’ll run it again. pic.twitter.com/mtuaFzyyCF
— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) April 17, 2017
After Katherine’s efforts, the Boston Marathon started accepting women in the event in 1972 and officially marathons became a part of the Olympics another twelve years later in 1984.
I wish and I hope that we never stop believing in what we truly want and that will start the journey from impossible to possible.
I am participating in the A To Z Challenge for the third time this year and I am penning Stories from everyday life.