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'Get the hell out of my race,' a Boston Marathon official told a pioneering woman in 1967. At 70, she's still in the race

'Get the hell out of my race,' a Boston Marathon official told a pioneering woman in 1967. At 70, she's still in the race

Kathrine Switzer is wearing bib No. 261 in the Boston Marathon on Monday morning. It’s the same number a race official famously tried to rip from her shirt 50 years ago, when Switzer became the first woman to officially take part in the competition.

After Monday, no one will wear that number in the Boston Marathon again. It will be retired in Switzer's honor.

In 1967, Switzer was a 20-year-old journalism student at Syracuse, N.Y., who decided it was about time a woman officially ran the iconic race — Roberta Gibb did it a year earlier but didn’t actually register for the event and kept her gender a secret by wearing a hooded sweatshirt at the beginning of the...

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