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Kathrine Switzer, 1967, at the Boston Marathon

Kathrine Switzer was the first female with an official number to cross the finish line of the Boston Marathon. She entered the race as K.V. Switzer in 1967, but did not clearly identify on the race form that she was female. She was was given a bib/race number, and was the first female with an official number to cross the finish line, even though officials tried to physically remove her from the race. She finished the race with a time of 4:20:00. It would not be until 1971 that women were allowed entry in sanctioned marathons. The first "official" female Boston Marathon finisher was Nina Kuscsik with a time of 3:10:26 in 1972.[1]

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  1. Marathon Milestones. Boston Athletic Association. Retrieved on 2008-04-04.

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