Years Later, Kathrine Switzer Completes The Boston Marathon Again

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18 April, 2017

A 20-year-old Syracuse University journalism student made history in 1967 by becoming the first woman to officially enter the Boston Marathon.

The Kenyan policewoman opened up a big lead heading into the Newton hills, and she cruised to victory in an unofficial time of 2 hours, 21 minutes, 53 seconds.

Kiplagat, a 38-year-old mother of two whose resume includes marathon wins in London, Moscow, New York and Daegu, ran alone for the final miles of the race and finished in 2:21:52, nearly a minute ahead of Bahrain's Rose Chelimo.

Keflezighi will run one more NY marathon before retiring, but said Boston will always be special to him.

Rose Chelimo of Bahrain finished second and Americans Jordan Hasay and Desiree Linden took third and fourth.

Two-time Olympic Desiree Linden probably is the top USA threat in the women's race.

Hayle gave Ethiopia its first-ever sweep past year when he pulled away from countryman and two-time champion (2013, 2015) Lelisa Desisa with about a mile to go to join Baysa on the victory stand.

Edna Kiplagat, the victor of the 2017 Boston Marathon, is seen here second from left at the race's six-mile mark.

He took seventh in last year's Amsterdam Marathon and third at Rotterdam.

The 121st Boston Marathon is on its way from Hopkinton to Boston. And for that, she has a simple answer: "I knew if I [stopped] no one would believe women could run distances and deserved to be in the Boston Marathon", she wrote on her website.

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Schar, who won the marathon gold medal at the 2013 World Championships, finished with a time of 1:28:17, also setting a new world record.

At the finish line, Evans said it felt nice to get back onto the course and he had "no qualms" about the safety of the race four years after the bombing.

The winners' times on the point-to-point Boston course are considered a world best and not a world record because of the possibility of a supportive tailwind like the one on Monday.

Boston's top cop has completed his first marathon since the 2013 bombings.

Pablo Eduardo is a MA resident and internationally known sculptor. Switzer has since run 39marathons and started 261 Fearless, a foundation to support women runners. "Art is a powerful vehicle for remembrance and healing, and my goal is for this art to embody the spirit of those we lost and the spirit of the city they loved".

Mobility impaired athletes - the blind and those with prostheses or other challenges - started at 8:50 a.m. Monday.

Update 10:50 a.m.: The Boston Athletic Association announces the victor of the women's push-rim: Manuela Schar of Switzerland.

Update 10:40 a.m.: The Boston Athletic Association announces the victor of the men's push-rim: Marcel Hug.

The bulk of the runners will be passing through the finish line between 10:41 a.m. and 3:04 p.m., the BAA said, though times are subject to change.


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