Kenyans have a banner day at the Boston Marathon

Oceane Deschanel
Abril 19, 2017

A year later, Switzer told her coach at Syracuse, Arnie Briggs, about Gibb and said she also wanted to run Boston.

Switzer's run became one of the feel-good stories of the marathon, with celebrities like George Takei, Dan Rather and former WWE wrestlers The Bella Twins praising her tenacity. While she was running, the race director attempted to physically remove her from the race.

Rupp, a three-time Olympian making his Boston debut, was 21 seconds behind and Japan's Suguru Osako was another 30 seconds back. After Switzer finished on Monday with a time of 4:44:31, the Boston Marathon retired bib number 261.

Course officials tried to pull her off the path, but she was not to be denied.

"People have such an appreciation for what running has done for them and how it's changed their lives", said Switzer, who named her 261 Fearless foundation after the bib number that was almost torn from her back on the marathon course.

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While it's usually about that 26.2 mile journey, for that South Bend woman, it's all about the number 261 and honoring a tradition that started exactly 50 years ago.

Shockingly, it would be another five years before women were officially allowed to compete in the Boston Marathon.

On Monday, he completed the Boston Marathon without a bike.

Switzer won the New York Marathon in 1974 and continued to run Boston until 1976 before providing TV commentary for the next 37 years. "If I quit, everybody would say it was a publicity stunt". We are here to change the life of women.

The Texas Marine ran the marathon with a very special American flag in hand.

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