Support still strong for the Boston Marathon

Women's victor Edna Kiplagat (left) and men's champion Geoffrey Kirui, both of Kenya, with the trophy at the finish line of the 121st Boston Marathon April 17, 2017. It wasn't until the race began that officials noticed a woman running among the men.

Two miles into the 1967 race, a race official noticed her and attempted to kick her off the course. Her bib number was officially retired afterwards. She was able to break free of his grasp, and her boyfriend shoved him to the ground.

Hasay's performance, along with the fourth-place finish by Michigan's Desiree Linden, could signal a promising future for American female distance runners. Semple died in 1988.

'We live for others - I've learned that throughout being angry and frustrated and all that PTSD, ' he said. "This was the guy who, for better or worse, changed my life". As it turned out, it was for better. "At the time, it was a awful experience, but in the fullness of time, it was the best thing that ever happened to me". Regardless of the reason, Granville made a decision to put the woman, who reportedly was his running partner for the race, on his shoulders to take her the rest of the way. And Kathrine Switzer, wearing the same bib number - 261 - that she wore when she entered the all-male race 50 years ago, using only her initials, K.V. There are dozens of "261 Fearless" running clubs around the world in honor of Switzer's achievements. During the marathon, a photographer captured the race director grabbing Switzer and trying to rip her bib numbers off. Switzer said she and the race director have since grown close. After all the marathons I've run, this may be the most important of all.

"My message to young girls is that you can do much more than you ever can imagine", Switzer said. And so I think about that along the run.

"The higher reason now is not to prove that women can do it", Switzer said. For her, that strength was on display down to the smallest detail.

"I looked around today and there were more women running than men", Tews marveled. These two British officers I was on patrol with came to pick me up because they saw I was hurt.

"I didn't plan to do anything but try to cover 26 miles, 385 yards", Switzer said. Few believed they had the physical stamina to do it.

  • Julie Sanders