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 NYC marathon with a time of 3:07:29.
1967. Not very long ago. Is it any wonder we still have so far to go? The worst tact is to deny the distance ahead of us. Things are not good nor have they ever been. We won’t make progress if we don’t acknowledge that, all of us.