Katherine Switzer is an American hero, the first women to register and run the Boston Marathon back in the 60s when it was a male-only event. A race official spotted her and tried to yank her off of the course. Katherine and her colleagues weren't having it. She persisted and finished the race. It opened the gates for women's competition in all levels of sports. To this day, marathon running is the one true test of human athleticism without regard to gender. There are no red tees. There is no smaller sized ball. Lifting weights, riding bikes, pull-ups, javelin throws...they're all measurements of skill and endurance but marathon running is in a class of its own. The marathon course is 26.2
A self-styled human rights activist drove her car onto a half marathon course because she was tired of waiting during the street closure. Runners and onlookers pounded on her car and shouted at her to stop. British poet Joanna Pine claimed she needed to get to a writing workshop and was driving as slowly as she could. Not considering that she could have been shot as a terrorist driver plowing into pedestrians, Pine now admits that it was "a stupid thing" to do. But she loves people! Luckily Gomer Pyle and Barney Fife weren't participating in the Plymouth half marathon.