Kenyans Kirui, Kiplagat win Boston Marathon; good day for US

Rebecca Hildreth via Flickr

Rebecca Hildreth via Flickr

Switzer won the 1974 New York City Marathon and has done TV commentary of the Boston race for 37 years.

Switzer says she didn't intend to break the sex barrier by registering with her initials, but she did.

Fan favorite Meb Keflezighi, an American male runner who won the first Marathon following the 2013 bombings, finished 13 overall in the male race.

As one American Boston Marathon victor runs off into the sunset this year, the next great American shone in his debut, finishing second in his first Boston run.

Thirty thousand men and women are in Hopkinton, Massachusetts to take part in the one hundred and twentieth running of the Boston Marathon. This year Switzer returns to run the 26.2 miles, but the organizers will be honoring her instead of trying to throw her out. Switzer continued to race, winning the 1974 New York Marathon and taking second in Boston two years later. In 2015, she created 261 Fearless, a nonprofit that wants to use running to empower women. Gibb also ran in the '67 race, again unofficially, but no one realized Switzer was a woman until after the race started - partly due to the cold weather on that April 19th, prompting her to wear oversized sweats. "It wasn't until Jock Semple attacked me did everything change".

With that encounter, Switzer's race became bigger than her, and when she finished in four hours, twenty minutes, she proved that women deserve the right to enter marathons without fear of rejection or ejection.

"To the guys it was a one-off event". "I was afraid, because you know, if you miss water it can affect you". "A lot more", she recalled in her memoir.

The Boston Marathon is the world's oldest annual marathon and one of the most prestigious races over the distance on the athletics calendar. reports its goal is to empower women, especially in sports or other places that lack women's rights. The 121st iteration of the race is set to be held on Monday. The only other number retired was John Kelley's No. 61 after he ran 61 Boston Marathons, finishing his last in 1992 at the age of 84 with a time of 5:58:36.

Though Switzer was disqualified after finishing, public uproar eventually lead to the formal inclusion of women.

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