First Woman To Wear A Boston Bib Races Again, 50 Years Later


The sole woman on the course that day, Katherine Switzer, was the first woman to break the gender barrier at the Boston Marathon.

Eliud Kipchoge, the runner's fellow countryman, who grasped Olympic gold in 2008, also boasted the same extraordinary muscle definition. You're going to grow hair on your chest.' It was hilarious, the myths.

In 1963 two women crashed the Western Hemisphere Marathon in Culver City, Calif., and one finished. "So people were afraid and they just went about their lives that way and restricted themselves".

When Kathrine Switzer made a decision to run the Boston Marathon in 1967, it was not an easy feat.

So she entered the marathon, following all the proper procedures and just, well, neglecting to mention she was female.

"And he got so angry that there was a girl in the race that he stopped the bus and jumped off it and ran after me and attacked me in the race and tried to pull off my bib numbers, screaming at me, 'Get the hell out of my race and give me those numbers'".

"It was unbelievable to look around and see so many women running and realize that 50 years ago there was only one", said Carlson. I was terrified. I was scared. She persevered and finished the race, and she's since been on a mission to create opportunities and equal sport status for women. In the women's wheelchair race, Switzerland's Manuela Schar was first across the line in 1 hour, 28 minutes and 16 seconds.

Next year marks the fifth anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing. Linsey Davis, ABC news, Boston.

'It's not for me, it's for others to be inspired, to be motivated, ' he said of running the race in an interview with WBZ.

A viral Facebook video that has been viewed over 6 million times shows the moment Army Staff Sergeant Earl Granville carried a woman across the finish line on Monday.