121st Boston Marathon is Meb's last run, Rupp's first

121st Boston Marathon is Meb's last run, Rupp's first

"Running had given me everything, and I wanted other women to feel that as well".

He had just completed the Boston Marathon in 2013 when two pressure cooker bombs detonated near the finish line, killing three people and injuring hundreds more. She went on to finish the race in 4:20:02.

"I'm so excited about Monday".

The start of the 2017 UK Boston Marathon.

Kirui finished with a time of 2:09:37, edging out American Galen Rupp, for his first Boston Marathon victory.

"It's remarkable how things have changed", she said, "and how quickly they changed". She wore lipstick, earrings and burgundy shorts, but ended up wearing baggy sweats over her "feminine" running gear because of the wintry weather.

Speaking to ESPN, Switzer's story begins in her childhood home shortly before attending high school.

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This message resonated with Kathrine and she quickly developed a passion for running.

The first shows an angry race official attempting to rip the bib number (261) off a woman running in a baggy gray sweat suit. Among today's competitors will be cancer survivors, people with prosthetic limbs, and others who've overcome unimaginable odds to run on Patriots Day in Boston. Then he added, "If any woman could do it, you could, but you would have to prove it to me". I grinned through the gloom and flakes.

"Women who are empowered can change the whole society around them for the better and running - I know it sounds insane - but one foot in front of the other, it's a transformational experience". At the time, she didn't think it was a big deal since another woman ran the race without a number the year before. In her memoir, "Marathon Woman", Switzer wrote that only after she completed a 31-mile training run with Briggs was he convinced that she should enter Boston.

Unlike Gibb, Switzer managed to score a bib by signing up with her initials, K.V. Switzer. Along the way, they were expected to be slowed by temperatures rising into the 70s. Roberta "Bobbi" Gibb of Rockport will cut the starting ribbon and lead the field onto the course after being named co-grand marshal, alongside New Zealand's Dave McKenzie, that year's male victor.

The run in made Kathrine think for a split second about quitting the race, but she chose to press on.

For its first 70 years the Boston Marathon had not allowed women to run - and nineteen sixty seven was no different.

Already a silver medalist and US record-holder in the 10,000 meters, he ran the fastest marathon time ever for an American in the Summer Games: 2 hours, 10 minutes, 5 seconds. It sent a message to the world that women were just as capable of running long distances as men. Switzer is also credited with being a major factor in the Olympic Games including the women's marathon as an event starting in 1984.

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