"Kathrine Switzer had trained harder than ever and expected to run 3:20. For this special, official day she selected a white tennis outfit with a skirt. Under it she wore a black leotard and tights. She wore her hair up and took care to keep it neat. Photographers caught her in a moment of fixing her hair, and subsequent pictures showed jet appearing to be more concerned with preening that with raving. She had in fact been doing the training, but she felt obligated to appear feminine and attractive as well as to run quickly. She wanted to counter the public image of women athletes as necessarily unfeminine and unattractive. The point she wanted to make was the women did not have to look like a man to compete . Unfortunately, it was a hot day, and Switzer suffered from heat. She had thought the frictionless tights would help her; her other years in Boston were bitterly cold. But the tights, held on by the leotard, were a big mistake. She was trapped in her own clothes. When she could stand it no longer she stopped at the service station to chop of legs off her tights. She lost so much time hacking at the fabric that it cancelled the benefits of her increased training. She would have to come back to Boston another year to run a fast time."
"Boston Marathon" by Tom Derderian/ chapter "Women, Official at Last", Monday April 17, 1972: BAA bows to ladies.
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