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: