Kirui and Kiplagat cruise to Boston Marathon victories

  • Kirui and Kiplagat cruise to Boston Marathon victories

Kirui and Kiplagat cruise to Boston Marathon victories

The first woman to ever compete in the Boston Marathon crossed the finish line again a half-century after since she was almost thrown out by an official.

On Monday, Switzer, 70, revisited that rebellious, trail-blazing moment by crossing the finish line again.

Kathrine Switzer's marathon in 1967 became historic because she was the first woman to complete the all-male race as an official entrant - her registration as "K.V. Switzer" hid her gender.

Switzer is one of the most influential women in distance running, but is often left out of the pantheon of world-changing sporting achievements.

U.S. runner Galen Rupp finished second in the men's race in his first Boston Marathon. That's when race official Jock Semple ran up behind her and tried to rip off her bib in order to disqualify her.

Switzer donned her original bib number, 261, for the 2017 race.

"I think right here on the streets of Boston you see a microcosm of that social revolution that running is for women and a transformational experience", Switzer said.

"It obviously meant so much to them to have this sense of fearlessness", Switzer said of what her bib number represents.

Runners crowded into the Public Garden and Boston Common after they finished racing, where many met up with their personal fans and spectators to celebrate their incredible feats. "Why not show them everything I can do with it?"

The 37-year-old won the World Championship gold in 2011 and 2013 and has also won the New York, Los Angeles and London marathons, but had never run in Boston before Monday.

The victor of the 121st Boston Marathon was 24-year-old Geoffrey Kirui from Kenya who finished the race in 2:09:37.

Meb Keflezighi, who in 2014 became the first American to win the Boston Marathon in over three decades, finished 13th in his final appearance at the race. But today, women have their own starting line and are regular participants in a race that once kept them locked out.

Almost 20 years later, the Rhode Island native has not only proven that prediction wrong ― he's completed the 121st Boston Marathon.

Rupp, the bronze medalist in the Rio Olympics, will be running Boston for the first time.

To inspire his fellow veterans, Sanchez didn't just don a Semper Fi shirt and prosthetic leg - he ran the entire marathon proudly waving the American flag. According to Runner's World, the flag was sent to him by his patrol unit with inspirational messages written to him as he recovered in the hospital and is the reason he chose to run in the first place.

The back-story is that back in the good old misogynist 1960s, it was assumed that running was a man's sport. "So I tried to push a little bit to test myself".

"We live for others - I've learned that throughout being angry and frustrated and all that PTSD".

A Boston cop stepped in to help him to the Boston Marathon finish line, and the crowd gathered in the grandstands went wild. Beach first ran in the race back in 1968 when he was 18.

In 1963 two women crashed the Western Hemisphere Marathon in Culver City, Calif., and one finished.