Just two miles into the 1967 Boston Marathon, an official tried to rip off Kathrine Switzer’s bib and physically pull her off the course.
She kept going. She went on to run 35 marathons, including 8 Boston Marathons. She won the 1974 New York City Marathon and the next year had a personal best of 2 hours, 51 minutes. As if that weren’t enough, she created the Avon International Running Circuit, a global series of women’s running events in 25 countries involving over one million women. The series lead to the inclusion of the women’s marathon in the Olympic Games.
Wow. And I thought I was a badass for skinning my knee during a 17 miler and getting right back up.