10 Apr '17, 5pm

50 Years After Sparking a Revolution, an Icon Runs Boston Again

She’s entered under her full name, rather than using her initials “K.V.” as she did in 1967. And she can run with the confidence that no one will try to stop her in her tracks just because she is a female, as race director Jock Semple did half a century ago. One thing, though, will remain the same. Her bib number—the very one Semple tried to rip off her chest as he attempted to eject her from the race—will be 261 again. Back in that first Boston, Switzer had made it four miles before Semple tried to physically pull her off the course. “He claimed the race was 'men’s only' and that I was not allowed to run,” she said. “He was very angry that I had obtained a number and he lost his temper.” Boston Globe Switzer’s coach, Arnie Briggs, and boyfriend at the time, Tom Miller, were running alongside her, and quickly ran interference. Switzer continued on and finished in 4:20, bec...

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