Kenyans Edna Kiplagat, Geoffrey Kirui Win Boston Marathon Titles

Kenyans Edna Kiplagat, Geoffrey Kirui Win Boston Marathon Titles

It was a hot, grueling day for five local runners at the Boston Marathon, with at least three of the quintet experiencing painful cramps due to the heat.

Staff Sgt. Jose Luis Sanchez, a former Marine who lost the lower part of his left leg during a 2011 tour in Afghanistan, finished the Boston Marathon for the second time Monday.

This year, Switzer ran the marathon wearing the same bib number from 50 years ago.

If Linden was speaking of a day in which Americans capture both the men's and women's divisions, she's right: It will be a big, big day. Kenyans had won either the men's or women's race every year since 1991 before being shut out in 2014 and again last year.

"After the 30km mark, I tried to push before breaking away with 5km to go", said Kiplagat, who was cheered to victory by her children Carlos and Wendy. In an effort of solitude and a jab at the Atlanta Falcons, someone near the finish line had a sign that showed the Patriots-Falcons Super Bowl score in the third quarter.

"I was getting a little emotional, and it's not even the finish yet", said Wetherbee. That didn't happen, but she did close some ground on Chelimo in the final stretch. "It's a real exciting time". Ayr, who runs for the Western Mass Distance project, was the 18th American to finish.

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Sgt. Sanchez wore a Semper Fi Fund shirt and ran on his prosthetic leg while carrying a large American flag for the entire 26.2-mile race, finishing in 5:46:13.

But it is the first event in 1967 - which she entered using only her initials - which sticks in people's memories, helped by the pictures capturing the moment the official, Jock Semple, tried to remove the number and force Ms Switzer from the course.

The Boston Athletic Association reported that 30,074 runners entered the race this year from 57 US states and territories, and 99 countries of citizenship.

Tews said when she ran her first Boston Marathon 25 years ago, only about 1,500 women entered, and they were given a pink bib and sent to a separate starting corral.

The winners' times on the point-to-point Boston course are considered a world best and not a world record because of the possibility of a supportive tailwind like the one on Monday. "Everything was fantastic today". Two bombs went off near the finish line, killing three people and wounding almost 300.

Nothing in the rule book prohibited women from running the Boston Marathon.

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