How Kathrine Switzer’s bib 261 became a symbol for women in sports

How Kathrine Switzer’s bib 261 became a symbol for women in sports

Running legend Kathrine Switzer has received numerous letters and photos from women around the world. Switzer first showed them how to be fearless using 261. In 1967, the 20-year- old Syracuse University journalism student, who unofficially trained with the men’s cross-country team, registered for the 71st Boston Marathon, at that time considered a male-only event. Upon her acceptance into the race, she received a bib—number 261. Through what she now calls a series of coincidences, she became the first woman to enter and finish the Boston Marathon with an official bib number. But this feat didn’t come without challenges. Apr 18, 2017
Protesters march against Turkey referendum result

Protesters march against Turkey referendum result

Hundreds of people took to the streets in Istanbul on 17 April to denounce the result of the Turkish constitutional referendum. The vote resulted in a ‘yes’ majority, granting President Tayyip Erdogan new sweeping powers, but Opposition parties and independent observers have challenged the accuracy of the election. Apr 18, 2017