The Boston Marathon: You’ve Come a Long Way, Baby

(from here)

Today, as you read this, over 11,000 women will be running the Boston Marathon. Here’s what happened in 1967, when Trish Charles, the first woman to enter the Boston marathon, ran:

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.


Don’t think that will happen this year. And, no, smoking is not good for you or conducive to running marathons.

On a completely unrelated note, while looking for images, I came across this image for the Mad Men fans:

Virginia Slim
(from here)

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5 Responses to The Boston Marathon: You’ve Come a Long Way, Baby

  1. gglobster says:

    BBC News has the runner, Katherine Switzer’s (Trish Charles is just the person who posted those photos, FYI) account of that incident here:
    and a full audio interview here:

  2. physicalist says:

    Good to be reminded how things were not that long ago.

  3. Bob says:

    Since women are intrinsically healthier than men, they should smoke cancer-sticks to level the playing field.

  4. joemac53 says:

    I hate it when I remember these things. Too Old! Next up: Rosie Ruiz! My family members often volunteer at the Boston Marathon medical tent. I always stay away.

  5. bad Jim says:

    My Spanish isn’t the best, but that second ad definitely looks like the work of someone with little more than an English script and a dictionary, or else simply a joke.

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