A friend of mine posted this on Facebook last week and I think it’s an inspiring way to start the week.
In 1967, Kathrine Switzer was the first woman to run the Boston marathon. After realizing that a woman was running, race organizer Jock Semple went after Switzer shouting, “Get the hell out of my race and give me those numbers.” However, Switzer’s boyfriend and other male runners provided a protective shield during the entire marathon.The photographs taken of the incident made world headlines, and Kathrine later won the 1974 NYC marathon (women’s division) with a time of 3:07:29.
In this 2007 interview with Kathrine Switzer, she discusses the event, its impact, and her friendship with Jock Semple. He was a product of his time and circumstances. And while that does not excuse his actions, his eventual 180 on the topic offers some reconciliation.