Watch Kathrine Switzer cross the Boston Marathon finish line 50 years after making history

Boston-04/17/2017- The Boston Marathon finish line- Kathrine Switzer comes across the finish line.  John Tlumacki/Globe staff(sports)
Kathrine Switzer at the finish line. –John Tlumacki / The Boston Globe

Kathrine Switzer once again crossed the finish line of the Boston Marathon wearing bib No. 261, 50 years after she became the first woman with an official number to run the race.

It’s the last time the number will be used in the marathon — the Boston Athletic Association is retiring the number Switzer was assigned when she entered the race in 1967 using her initials — “K.V.”

In 1967, the then 20-year-old college student finished the marathon in 4 hours and 20 minutes, despite the race director attempting to physically force her out of the race.

On Monday, the 70-year-old finished the race in 4:44:31. During her run, Switzer pointed out the spot on the course where she was almost stopped 50 years before.


“It was a race of celebration,” Switzer said in an interview with WBZ at the finish line, adding that it was “the streets of Boston” that propelled her and her team, 261 Fearless, forward.