Tuesday, 20 March, 2018

Boston Marathon's first woman Katherine Switzer competes 50 years later

Geoffrey Kirui and Galen Rupp pulled away from the pack together Geoffrey Kirui and Galen Rupp pulled away from the pack together
Stacy Diaz | 20 April, 2017, 05:55

A race official tried to push her off the course, tearing a corner from her bib.

Wounded combat veteran turned heads and warmed hearts he competed in the Boston Marathon on Monday.

"And he tried to pull my bib numbers off". On Monday, at 70 years old, Switzer finished in 4:44:31, wearing the same bib number - 261.

In her memoir, Marathon Woman, Switzer recalled the moment she was attacked. In the past, the nine-year-veteran has run the Boston, Chicago, Detroit and NY marathons using a hand-bike, according to WCVB.

Writing on Facebook after completing the 26-mile run, Switzer said: "I finished, like I did 50 years ago". "He inspired me to completely not only change my life, but to change millions of women's lives".

She has said she hopes to run NY this year as well.

They encouraged me and that just intensified when I hit Wellesley College, when I saw the girls I coached in lacrosse cheer me on.

Kiplagat, 37, was greeted by her children and family members as she crossed the line.

Inside, another line of runners was there on Tuesday to celebrate Kathrine Switzer. The Americans had their best results since the race went pro in 1986, placing two women in the top four and six men in the top 10, including runner-up Galen Rupp.

Women were finally officially allowed to enter the Boston Marathon in 1972. And someday, maybe you can run a marathon.

That wasn't correct, of course; women had been running long distances for years, but were generally not given slots in big city marathons.

Switzer went to work in PR and helped create the Avon International Running Circuit of 400 women's races that showed the IOC there were enough women to fill out an Olympic field.

This year, in her seventies, Kathrine once again took to the streets of Boston, but this time no one questioned her (or any other woman's) place among the men.

He said the flag was sent to him while he was recovering from his devastating injury, but because he was feeling bitter and anti-social as he struggled to cope with the loss of his leg, he waited years to unfurl it.