In her memoirs, Switzer wrote some very powerful words:
“I knew if I quit, nobody would ever believe that women had the capability to run 26-plus miles. If I quit, everybody would say it was a publicity stunt. If I quit, it would set women’s sports back, way back, instead of forward.”
But she didn’t, and in 1972, the Marathon finally opened its ranks to women. While there was never an official “ban,” Switzer’s efforts went a long way from keeping one gender out of the competition.