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In 1967, Kathrine Switzer made history when she entered and completed the Boston Marathon as a first female numbered entry. She successfully registered by using her initials K.V. Switzer. After the race organizer Jack Semple realized that a woman was running in his race, he ran after her shouting “get the hell out of my race and give me those numbers”. Ms. Switzer’s was able to continue the race thanks to several male racers (including her boyfriend) who surrounded her and kept Mr. Semple from physically trying to remove her from the race.

In 1967, Kathrine Switzer made history when she entered and completed the Boston Marathon as a first female numbered entry. She successfully registered by using her initials K.V. Switzer. After the race organizer Jack Semple realized that a woman was running in his race, he ran after her shouting “get the hell out of my race and give me those numbers”. Ms. Switzer’s was able to continue the race thanks to several male racers (including her boyfriend) who surrounded her and kept Mr. Semple from physically trying to remove her from the race.

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