The first Boston Marathon held was in 1897 by the Boston Athletic Association. Women were not allowed to enter the Boston Marathon officially until 1972. Roberta "Bobbi" Gibb is recognized as the first woman to run the entire Boston Marathon (in 1966). In 1967, Kathrine Switzer was the first woman to run the Boston marathon. After realizing that a woman was running, the 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.
I am excited to be able to volunteer my time again on this very special day. Last year this event ended tragically killing 3 people and injuring 264 others. The onefundboston fund-raising efforts for marathon bombing victims, distributed more than $61 million last summer to 230 people! It is quite amazing how everyone has come together to support one another!
Enjoy your Monday!