TRIVIAL PURSUITS: How Did the First Female Boston Marathoner Enter?

April 19, 2011 ( - In 1967, Katherine Switzer became first woman to officially enter and run the Boston Marathon, though women were not allowed to officially enter the race until 1972.

How did she manage that?

Answer:  She registered under the gender-neutral name “K. V. Switzer”.  You can read more about it at

By the way, Roberta Gibb was the first woman to unofficially run the Boston Marathon (1966).