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Switzer’s marathon jaunt broke barriers, changed the world

The history-jarring moment occurred roughly two miles into that Boston Marathon a half-century of Aprils ago. That’s when Jock Semple, the director and self-appointed caretaker of running’s most prestigious race, spotted a woman among the competitors. He was aghast. “This is sacrilege,’’ he thought to himself. “Women aren’t allowed to compete in my race.” Enraged, ...

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