Monday, 10 December, 2018

Wounded vet crosses finish line in Boston Marathon

Geoffrey Kirui won the men's 2017 Boston Marathon Geoffrey Kirui won the men's 2017 Boston Marathon
Kristopher Love | 21 April, 2017, 19:54

At the starting line today, a runner returning.

It's been a long road to recovery for Shelby Kaplan, but her positivity helped her cross the finish line at Monday's Boston Marathon less than one year after having both of her legs run over by a vehicle. Here's ABC's linsey Davis.

When Switzer ran in 1967, she was 20, and entered as "K.V. Switzer" - so none of the race organizers would know she was a woman.

Kathrine Switzer knows what it means to run for equal rights.

Switzer captured the occasion with a video near the spot where Semple attempted to yank her off the course and posted it on her Facebook page.

Running the 1967 Boston Marathon changed the course of Switzer's life.

The longest distance women were allowed to run in the Olympics at that time was 800 meters. This Syracuse coed secretly registered as kv Switzer to hide her gender.

Marcel Hug, also of Switzerland, again took the men's wheelchair race, his third consecutive Boston victory, in 1:18:4. And I turned and he grabbed me. Get the hell out of my race. Her boyfriend, who was running with her, pushed the official aside so that she could proceed with the race. It sounds amusing now, but there were serious rules barring women from sports, especially running races.

Sanchez finished the grueling race in five hours, 21 minutes and 56 seconds. This afternoon, surrounded by members of 261 fearless, the running club she created to empower women. While they retired her bib number tonight she has no plans of doing the same.

The veteran has since competed in marathons in Detroit, Chicago, New York and Boston using a handbike. Great to see Kathrine back.

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