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Boston Marathon retires Bib 261 for women's pioneer Switzer

20 April, 2017, 11:51 | Author: Alberta Rodriguez

Media captionAn official tried to remove Ms Switzer's number when she ran in 1967. It marked the sixth time Tews completed the fabled 26.2-mile course from Hopkinton to Boston and her 20 marathon finish overall.

"I ran it a year ago with breast cancer", she said.

This year, seven state police troopers traded their boots for sneakers to raise money for Cops for Kids with Cancer, an organization that provides financial assistance to families who have a child battling cancer.

As Switzer embraced her destiny for her 50th anniversary race, she focused on starting healthy and finishing strong. She said that the 261 bib number also has been retired for the marathon.

On Monday, Kathrine Switzer ran her first marathon since 2011 and her first time running the Boston Marathon since 1976, when women were officially allowed to compete in the race. The 70-year-old finished with a race time of 4:44:31 and an average mile of 10:51. 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.

Switzer's first Boston race also launched her career in sports. "And it was one that made me bound and determined to change things for women", she said. In the past, the nine-year-veteran has run the Boston, Chicago, Detroit and NY marathons using a hand-bike, according to WCVB. "Running the marathon is nothing compared to what they're doing".

Patriots' Day in Boston is a day like no other, to celebrate the strength of a city and the 121-year tradition that is the Boston Marathon.

Kirui's time was well outside the world marathon record of 2:02:57 set by Kenya's Dennis Kimetto in Berlin in 2014. "So people were afraid and they just went about their lives that way and restricted themselves". Switzer then went on to create a global series of races in 27 countries with millions of women. Her boyfriend at the time pulled him away and Switzer was able to run to the finish line.

" 'You'll never have children, ' they said".

"It's been kind of an emotional build up for me going into the marathon", Hasay said.

"It's very emotional and moreso in Boston than any other race".

Switzer and her coach pored through the rules and regulations about the Boston Marathon and couldn't find anything about gender.

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