Thank you, Silvia, for this post!
In 1967, at the age of 20, Kathrine Switzer wasjust a kid who wanted to run. Ambition and had work were not enough, however, when the goal was as lofty as the Boston Marathon.
The Rules – Boston ’67
Women are not physically equipped to endure the rigors of long-distance running. The strain would cause women’s uteri to fall out; they would become musclebound and grow hair on their chests.
Kathrine, a field hockey player at Lynchburg College in Virginia, had just transferred to Syracuse University where she started working out with the men’s cross-country team. Arnie Briggs, a running devotee, took her under his wing, and soon Kathrine was running upwards of 10 miles per training session.
She brought up Boston during a running session.
If any woman could do it, Briggs said, you could, but you would have to prove it to me…
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