Fifty years ago, the number of women to officially run in the Boston Marathon was just one.
Kathrine Switzer, then a student at Syracuse University, donned a race number and tackled the 26.2 miles in 1967, and this year, she’s going to do it again. But this time, the race director won’t try to push her off the course.
Ushering in a new era of female runners, Switzer opened the door to a race that now has more than 12,600 women participants, according to last year’s Boston Marathon stats. Now with a new nonprofit organization called 261 Fearless Inc., which aims to empower women around the world, the 70-year-old Switzer will run this April alongside Auburn resident Katie MacIntyre and more than 100 other women.