Chicagoans join runner who broke Boston Marathon’s gender barrier

Two Chicagoans will toe the starting line Monday at the Boston Marathon to honor the woman who 50 years ago forever changed the race – and the sport.
In 1967, Kathrine Switzer was the first woman to register for, and complete, the world’s most renowned marathon.
This accomplishment was achieved only after she dodged the grasp of a race director who hit the roof upon realizing a woman had somehow entered the race.
Photos of the confrontation published worldwide thrust Switzer into the role of women’s rights icon.
But she didn’t set out become the face of a movement.
Switzer flew under the radar of

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