Athletics - Ethiopia's champions in Boston to defend marathon titles

Leesburg's Dorothy Beal wasn't always a runner.

"About mile eight I was kind of having a tough time, and so he said 'Just stop right here at this log and sit down for a minute.' And that's when he proposed to me", said Megan. "It's wonderful to see younger people who have dedicated their time and energy to train for the marathon and to work to fundraise their cause". I died a lot in the last eight miles but it was motivation because I knew we had to catch a train back out to the vehicle.

BOSTON (AP) — Meb Keflezighi's last Boston Marathon. It's not something, I don't think anyone, would have predicted for me.

But Briggs struck a deal with her: If Switzer could complete the distance on a training run, he would bring her himself. This year, some of those the pack included a formerly homeless man who was running to raise money for a homeless shelter, and Ben Beach going for an unprecedented 50th straight Boston finish.

But Beal still has some catching up to do.

Geoffrey Kirui, of Kenya, crosses the finish line to win the 121st Boston Marathon on Monday, April 17, 2017, in Boston.

Ms Switzer - who has been running since she was 12-years-old - chose to enter the race aged 20 after encouragement from her coach.

Hinton left Monday for a vacation with his wife Pam that will include a stop in Boston on Monday to run in this year's marathon.

"That can be a contentious thing with a lot of runners", Beal laughs. The straight-line Boston course doesn't qualify for world records because of the possibility of a supportive tailwind like the one on Monday. Despite finishing, she was never registered as a participant. "Five decades ago, Dave ran his way into the record books and Bobbi propelled the women's Pioneer Era forward".

A 20-year-old Syracuse University journalism student made history in 1967 by becoming the first woman to officially enter the Boston Marathon.

Kenyan policewoman Edna Kiplagat won the women's race in 2:21:52, needing only one try in Boston to add it to wins in London, New York and Los Angeles. She said she used her initials because her first name was misspelled on her birth certificate, Kathrine, and she was exhausted of repeating the error.

And she loves the message that other runners bring with them, much like she did when she first started. But Switzer's boyfriend, who was also running, body-checked the race official and Switzer kept running, determined to finish the race. She was the first woman to pin on a number in 1967. It sounds ridiculous now, but that's what these women were up against.

But Jordan Hasay, racing her first ever marathon, finished third, and fellow American Desi Linden was fourth.

"I have a friend who had run it two times before that and told me all about it and got me excited for it". The stuff women have to contend with today? "Running had given me everything, and I wanted other women to feel that as well".

"Leesburg is so ideal for training". She had trained for six months for this event. It's tough. But I'm also running by horse farms and the fairgrounds.

The 121st Boston Marathon is on its way from Hopkinton to Boston.

  • Julie Sanders