Kathrine Switzer was the first woman to officially run and finish the Boston Marathon. On the 50th anniversary of her historic race, she celebrated by running the race again.
An official told Kathrine Switzer to "get the hell out" of the race in 1967. Nevertheless, she persisted.
There is a long tradition of women running as a form of protest.
Kathrine Switzer became the first female to officially enter and run. The photo of a race official forcibly attempting to stop her and grabbing for her race numbers was the photo shot heard round the world. Life magazine listed the photo as one of the "100 Photographs That Changed The World."
A marathon proves that the world is your oyster; that your dreams are limitless; that you can do anything you put your mind to; that mind always conquers matter. This is especially the case for female runners Bobbi Gibb and Kathrine Switzer.
The stories of courage, confidence and empowerment deeply touched me and reminded me of why I have the privileges I now have.