First female to run as a numbered entry in the Boston Marathon
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Switzer is best known for being the first woman to run the 1967 Boston Marathon as a numbered entry. Registering under her first and middle initial with her last name, race officials assigned her a number even though women would not be formally allowed to compete in the marathon until 1972. Switzer faced personal harm while running the race as an official attempted to physically remove her from the race and tear off her number. She finished the race and continued to run marathons. In 2011, she was inducted into the Women's Hall of Fame for creating a social revolution by empowering women through running.
Radio spot, "Education, Athletics, and Title IX," Amy French: http://www.delta.edu/socsci/history/this-moment-in-time.aspx