Wounded veteran carries woman across finish line at Boston Marathon

On Monday, her bib number, 261 - the same one she wore in 1967 - became only the second number ever to be retired in Boston Marathon's history.

That wasn't correct, of course; women had been running long distances for years, but were generally not given slots in big city marathons. "What happened on the streets of Boston 50 years ago completely changed my life and changed other people's lives", she said to CNN in a phone interview after the race.

The marathon was the fourth Ramey has run; it was her first Boston Marathon. She also won the New York City Marathon in 1974.

Shockingly, it would be another five years before women were officially allowed to compete in the Boston Marathon. He tried to jostle her, but was met with fierce resistance on Ms. Switzer's part.

Kiplagat, a 38-year-old mother of two, ran alone for the final miles of the race, finishing with in 2:21:52, nearly a minute ahead of Bahrain's Rose Chelimo.

They say time heals all wounds, but if your a member of the Atlanta Falcons, or a fan for that matter, that old adage might not ring as true as you'd hope, which they can blame on New England Patriots fans.

Switzer was, however, disqualified from the race and there was more backlash to come: Switzer said aggressive journalists approached her at the finish line, yelling, "Real women don't run".

"Instead of putting it away, I wanted to fly this flag again in their honor, " Sanchez told WBZ after the race.

Ramey, who moved to Peterborough in 2012, is originally from Amesbury, Mass., and went to graduate school at Boston University, where she lived along the marathon route.

"But if I get near the finish line and I look over there and I see somebody who's got gray hair and is maybe is in my age group, I'm just going to kick a little butt", Switzer said, laughing.

Army Staff Sergeant Earl Granville is receiving a ton of attention, and rightfully so, for what he did during the Boston Marathon on Monday.

"And he tried to pull my bib numbers off".

"I feel so great", Kiplagat said. "They would just think that I was a clown, and that women were barging into events where they had no ability". Geoffrey Kirui won the men's race by 22 seconds with a time of 2:09:37 in his first try. "I didn't know how close they were so I just raced and raced and raced".

And while Keflezighi finished 13th this year, he won in 2014, one year after a pair of bombs killed three spectators and wounded 260 others.

  • Julie Sanders


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