The first female Boston Marathon runner competes for 50th anniversary
- Author: Julie Sanders Apr 18, 2017,
Apr 18, 2017, 6:01
The Boston Marathon first allowed women to race officially in 1972.
Switzer isn't technically the first woman to finish the Boston Marathon.
Both opted for Nike running shoes.
American Galen Rupp (Oregon) finished second in the men's race with a time of 2:09:58. She was 20 at the time and finished the race in four hours, 20 minutes, although she wasn't the fastest female competitor. Among her other accomplishments was a second place finish at the 1975 Boston Marathon, with a time of 2:51:37.
She eventually triumphed by 59 seconds over Kenyan-born Bahraini Rose Chelimo.
Tens of thousands of people packed the streets for Boston's largest sporting event, held on the Patriots Day holiday, which commemorates the start of the American Revolution.
Marcel Hug of Switzerland edged 10-time victor Ernst Van Dyk at the finish line to win his third straight Boston Marathon wheelchair title in 1:18:04, breaking the 2012 course record.
Semple, incensed, ran after Switzer and tried to rip off her bib number and pull her out of the race.
The retired veteran was running for Semper Fi, a fund that provides financial assistance and lifetime support to post 9/11 injured members of the U.S. Armed Forces. Although there were no rules officially barring women from racing, Semple approached her shortly after she left Hopkinton and shouted "get the hell out of my race and give me those numbers".
Police Commissioner William Evans returned to the storied marathon for the first time as a runner Monday.
Detective Amanda Brezniak ran her first marathon on Monday.
It was Evan's 19th time completing the race and his 52nd overall marathon.
"I'm at a point in my career where I feel like I can compete with anybody", he said this week.
Certainly, on a relatively warm April day, when temperatures hovered in the low to mid-70s, it was the guys with track backgrounds and not a lot of miles and marathons in their legs who showed the way in Boston.
Switzer managed to get away from Semple, who died in 1988, and completed the race, but the scene was immortalized in a photo.
Schar finished with a time of 1:28:17, also a new course record.
Hug outpushed 10-time victor Ernst Van Dyk of South Africa down Boylston Street to finish in an unofficial time of 1 hour, 18 minutes, 4 seconds.
"And, of course, when people hear myths, they believe them - because to try otherwise might mean damaging yourself".