Kathrine Switzer made history in 1967 as the first official female registrant to enter and complete the famous Boston Marathon, although she was not the first woman to run the race. In 1966, Roberta Bingay Gibb, ran the marathon without being registered. Women runners were rare because many people had the misconception that women were the weaker sex and physically unable to run long distance.
Switzer’s athletic career began early when her father encouraged her to begin running a mile a day. At James Madison and George C.