First woman to officially run Boston Marathon finishes race again at 70

Eloi Lecerf
Abril 19, 2017

THE FIRST WOMAN to officially compete in the Boston Marathon ran the race again yesterday, 50 years after she first entered.

After crossing the video line, he and the woman, Andi, embraced for several moments with the American flag still in her hand.

Inspiring footage of an army veteran with a prosthetic leg carrying his friend over the Boston Marathon finish line was captured during Monday's race.

Switzer recovered to finish in 4 hours, 20 minutes. "But I had trained hard and was confident of my strength".

Ellensburg's Lauren Zeutenhorst and nearly 12,000 other women faced no obstacles in completing Monday's 121st annual race - other than the warm weather, humidity and the heartbreaking Newton Hills.

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Switzer wore the same bib number in today's race, 261, that she wore in 1967. She is the founder of 261 Fearless, a running club for women.

"I really paid attention this time to where on the course Jock Semple attacked me", a smiling Kathrine Switzer, 70, said after running her ninth Boston Marathon, and first since 1976.

Zeutenhorst also carried plenty of motivation from previous year, when her multiple sclerosis symptoms flared up on an unseasonably hot day to cause a disappointing Boston debut.

Kimberley Wolfe of Naches fought through back injuries that limited the final few weeks of her training to post a 3:55:26 in her second Boston Marathon. "How could I not love somebody who changed my life in such a positive way, even if it was a negative beginning?" More than half of US marathon runners are women. "Women's marathoning has created a global legacy".

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