Kathrine Virginia Switzer – a marathon overcoming hurdles
A stroke of genius helped Switzer become the first female to officially complete a marathon in sporting history. Kathrine Virginia Switzer signed her name as “K.V.” on the 1967 Boston Marathon registration form in order to get past the race organisers. Why? Because she would not have been eligible to enter as a woman. Disguised in a tracksuit and cap, she was able to avoid unwanted attention, until two miles in, when she was noticed by the race manager, who tried to stop her and remove her race number. Luckily, Switzer’s boyfriend was able to stop the attack. Pictures of the assault were widespread in the global media.