First woman to complete Boston Marathon completes it again 50 years later
- Author: Leroy Wright Apr 23, 2017,
Apr 23, 2017, 8:10
Spitzer said her return to the race in 2017 was a way to, "celebrate the fact, first of all, that I can run - that I'm capable of doing it, amazingly enough, and I'm very, very grateful for that".
Outfitted with a "blade runner" prosthetic, the retired Marine staff sergeant participated in the 2017 race as a member of Team Semper Fi, an organization founded to aid members of the US armed services "who are dealing with life-changing injuries, post-traumatic stress or critical illness", according to the Boston Globe. She did not want to just walk again, she wanted to run marathons again.
Ms Switzer's run 50 years ago is widely credited with forcing the Boston Marathon to start allowing female runners in 1972.
Kirui, a 24-year-old runner from Kenya, won in 2 hours, 9 minutes, 37 seconds on a warm day in Boston.
50 years ago, Kathrine Switzer became the first woman to officially enter the Boston Marathon.
"It's a transformational experience and a way to take control of their only lives and their own destiny", she said. The image of him kissing Bill Richard's hand is one that will be remembered, just like he will be remembered in Boston. Both victors were running in their first Boston Marathons. When she was discovered, after the marathon had already started, the race director tried to rip her bib numbers off her back.
"Hey friends", she posted to her Facebook page Monday. "All the men around me knew that I was a woman", she told The Independent. However, the former military man would not be deterred because of his injury when it came time to run in the 2017 Boston Marathon.
It's the cruelest race for Bostonians - train in the snow and single-digit temperatures for months and then get hit with a 70-degree day on Marathon Monday. There are now more women competing in marathons nationwide than there are men.
In a moving finish, Granville picked up his race partner and guide and carried her over the finish line over his shoulders. "I'm humbled to win the race".
"I was just thinking of the support I've had over the last four years", Fucarile said. This was Rose's 16th marathon and the fourth time she has completed the Boston Marathon specifically.
Switzer's boyfriend, Thomas Miller, body-checked Semple, and she ran on, all the way to the finish line.