Archive for March 20th, 2007

“I thought other women weren’t interested in sports and I thought they didn’t get it.”

Tuesday, March 20th, 2007

I continue to run myself ragged, hence the silence on Women’s History.

So, instead, I will direct you to this, the story of Kathrine Switzer the first woman to run the Boston Marathon.

About three miles into the race, the press truck caught up to Switzer, who was running with Briggs and her burly boyfriend, Tom Miller. When the photographers noticed a woman in the race with an official number, the cameras started to click. And something clicked inside a BAA official, Jock Semple, who jumped off the truck and ran at Switzer in an attempt to tear off her number.

“Get the hell out of my race and give me that number!” shouted Semple, one of the race’s top competitors during the 1930s.

Fortunately for Switzer, Semple only ripped a tiny corner of her number off. And when he tried again, Miller intervened, laying a shoulder block into Semple that sent the 64-year-old Scotsman sprawling to the pavement.

Semple got back on the press truck. As the vehicle left to rejoin the lead pack, Semple shook his fist and yelled, “You’re in deep trouble!”

The whole thing is a fascinating read.