1st Female To Run Boston Marathon

The following is a brief autobiographical video about the first woman to run in the Boston Marathon.  Often times it takes sport to call to the forefront some of the deep seeded equality issues in our society.  Just this last week we celebrated the anniversary of Jackie Robinson breaking the racial barrier in baseball, which occurred in 1945.  Interestingly, while professional baseball and the Boston Marathon are almost the same age, each starting in the late 1800’s, it wasn’t until 22 years later, in 1967, that the first woman ran in the Boston Marathon. There is a common thread between both events.  Both took extraordinary people doing what is right and just in the face of adversary.  Please click on the link below to learn about the inspiring story of Katherine Switzer; the first woman to run in the Boston Marathon.

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  1. Crazy to think they chased her down like that. I could only imagine what was going through her mind. But LOVE the fact that her boyfriend was a massive linebacker – wish I was there.

  2. Wow, what an incredible moving video. I had no idea it used to be like that for women- and not that very long ago. Very inspiring. I’m glad I volunteered to do the press release in my Marketing 380 class at UNR for our flash mob on May 7th to support Think Kindness. If I hadn’t, I would have never discovered your website and all the wonderful programs you have launched through your organization. Thank you for the kindness in your heart Brian, for making a difference and touching the lives of so many people in a positive way.

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      Yes!! It’s crazy to think it was that harsh right?! Wow, we’ve come so far and in some ways, still have far to go. Thanks for your help with the Flash Mob, it’s going to be great!

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