First woman to run Boston Marathon participates again 50 years later

Kathrine Switzer got a lot of flack when she first ran in the Boston Marathon 50 years ago. It was simply unheard of.

She was the first woman ever to get a bib. Now, at age 70, she plans to do it again.

When other runners found out Switzer was running in 1967 they tried to rip off her bib and even pushed her, but she persisted, telling WBZ-TV: "This is going to change my life, maybe going to change women's sports and change the world."

Switzer started her own non profit, 261 Fearless. It not only promotes women's running but self-esteem.

In the upcoming marathon, Switzer plans to sport the same number she wore 50 years ago, 261, a number the racing organization says will be retired.

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BOSTON, MA - APRIL 19: Kathrine Switzer, of Syracuse, N.Y., center, was spotted early in the Boston Marathon by Jock Semple, center right, who tried to rip the number off her shirt and remove her from the race. Switzer's friends intervened, allowing her to make her getaway to become the first woman to 'officially' run the Boston Marathon on April 19, 1967. (Paul Connell/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
CANADA - APRIL 22: Trail blazer: Kathrine Switzer; director of Avon sports and once sixth-ranked women marathoner in world; thinks women runners are coming into their own and finding joy that physical accomplishment can give. (Photo by Doug Griffin/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - APRIL 15: Journalist Kathrine Switzer speaks onstage during the Women's Sports Foundation's 'Billie Awards' held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on April 15, 2008 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for The Billies)
BERLIN, GERMANY - MAY 04: Irina Mikitenko, Lisa Hahner and Kathrine Switzer attend the 30th AVON Running Women's run in Tiergarten park on May 4, 2013, in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Luca Teuchmann/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 19: Kathrine Switzer attends the 32nd Annual Salute To Women In Sports Gala at Cipriani Wall Street on October 19, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 20: Marathon Runner Kathrine Switzer poses onstage at the 36th Annual Salute to Women In Sports at Cipriani Wall Street on October 20, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)
CANTON, MA - APRIL 28: Kathrine Switzer attends REEBOK #HonorYourDays Luncheon at Reebok Headquarters on April 28, 2016 in Canton, Massachusetts. (Photo by Darren McCollester/Getty Images for REEBOK)
BERLIN, GERMANY - MAY 04: Kathrine Switzer and Lisa Hahner attend the 30th AVON Running Women's run in Tiergarten park on May 4, 2013, in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Luca Teuchmann/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 19: Kathrine Switzer attends the 32nd Annual Salute To Women In Sports Gala at Cipriani Wall Street on October 19, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - OCTOBER 12: Runner Kathrine Switzer attends the 31st Annual Salute to Women in Sports gala at The Waldorf-Astoria on October 12, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 19: Runner Kathrine Switzer attends the 37th Annual Salute To Women In Sports Gala at Cipriani Wall Street on October 19, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Women's Sports Foundation )
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