Top moments of the 2017 Boston Marathon

  • Top moments of the 2017 Boston Marathon

Top moments of the 2017 Boston Marathon

Switzer was given a number for the men's-only race in 1967 only because she used her initials - "K.V." - when she filled out her entry forms.

At that time in 1967, women weren't allowed to enter the race, and a marathon official was pictured trying to rip the bib number from then-20-year-old Switzer's back.

Inside, another line of runners was there on Tuesday to celebrate Kathrine Switzer.

Kiplagat, a 38-year-old mother of two whose resume includes marathon wins in London, Moscow, New York and Daegu, ran alone for the final miles of the race and finished in 2:21:52, nearly a minute ahead of Bahrain's Rose Chelimo.

Keflezighi announced the 121st running of the Boston Marathon would be the last time he would compete in the event, and while he didn't come home first, it was clear he won the hearts of many as he came down Boylston Street and finished 13th. In 2011, she was inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame in Seneca Falls, New York, where they quote Laurel Thatcher Ulrich: "Well-behaved women seldom make history". In the women's division, Edna Kiplagat made the most of her first appearance in the Boston Marathon, separating from the pack at the 18-mile mark and cruising to a victory.

"Her whole objective now is - and this is so cool - to keep promoting girls and women's running and keep this all going", Tews said. She told us he changed her life, gave her a career, focus, and health, and practically introduced her to her husband. We thought maybe this year that snow in the first week of April might somehow signal that coveted, but elusive 40-degree overcast tailwind day - the holy grail of marathon weather - would be just around the corner. Semple, who died in 1988, maintained he was trying to protect his race from global rules that sanctioned only men's marathons. I thought I was going to get under 4:15, couldn't do it.

"I knew if I quit, nobody would ever believe that women had the capability to run 26-plus miles", Switzer wrote in her memoir. Americans had six of the top 10 finishers in the men's race and two of the top four women.

"Fifty years before, it was so freezing", she said. "I'm just glad I finished, my time might not reflect my fitness, but at the end of the day I'm a Boston Marathon finisher". "I am my own biggest critic sometimes".