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Women now highly present in sport they were once banned from

By WKTV News

(WKTV) - The sport of distance running has come a long way since Hall of Famer Kathrine Switzer was pushed off the Boston Marathon course, just for being a woman.
 
Now, 47 years later, women have taken their hard-earned place among the running royalty of the world, and in the local hierarchy as well.
 
Until 1972, women weren't allowed to run the Boston Marathon.  
 
Five years before that, National Distance Running Hall of Famer Kathrine Switzer entered that race as the non gender specific 'K.V. Switzer,' and a race official tried to physically remove her from the race. 
 
However, she stayed on course, and Friday, hundreds of women were picking up their race packets and goody bags.  
 
They all said that they love the sport and they love Switzer for refusing to be silenced, thus paving the way for them. 
 
"She came to my first half marathon and I didn't get to meet her but she was there, she spoke at it and it was such an amazing feeling," said Erin Donovan of Syracuse. "I felt so empowered after listening to her talk that it was just...I want to get out there, I want to go and do my best and I want to prove that women can run."
 

Race officials have said that the 5k has boosted female participation, and that in last year's 15k, more women ran than men. 

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