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First Woman To Run Boston Marathon Back At It -- 50 Years Later

1st woman to officially run Boston Marathon to do it again, 50 years later Kenyans sweep Boston Marathon
Tobias Pedroso | 20 Abril, 2017, 00:06

Kathrine Switzer defied the rules back in 1967 to enter herself as "K. V. Switzer" because only men were allowed to run.

Two miles into the 1967 race, a race official noticed her and attempted to kick her off the course.

After this race, no one else will wear the bib number 261, as it was retired this year.

"And he got so angry that there was a girl in the race that he stopped the bus and jumped off it and ran after me and attacked me in the race and tried to pull off my bib numbers, screaming at me, 'Get the hell out of my race and give me those numbers'".

Switzer's race was immortalized in photos of then race director Jock Semple taking to the course in an attempt to take her bib number away and stop her from running, noted the Boston Globe. But today, women have their own starting line and are regular participants in a race that once kept them locked out. Switzer went on to help campaign to make women official Boston Marathon entries, and in 1972 that became a reality.

"I finished, like I did 50 years ago", she wrote.

Granville could be seen around mile 26 carrying a woman on his shoulders, along with an American flag, so that she could cross the finish line.

That wasn't correct, of course; women had been running long distances for years, but were generally not given slots in big city marathons. Before her start, she was given the honor of firing the gun for the women's elite runners. She persevered and finished the race, and she's since been on a mission to create opportunities and equal sport status for women.

The station reports that Granville is a nine-year veteran that lost a portion of his leg to a roadside bomb while serving in Afghanistan in 2008.

Kathrine is just one of a handful of fearless women who entered races when it was forbidden, but what makes her so special is what she's done with her notoriety. Semple, who died in 1988, maintained he was trying to protect his race from global rules that sanctioned only men's marathons.

There was no apparent restriction on a woman's participation in the marathon.

"I was just thinking of the support I've had over the last four years", Fucarile said. The Portland, Ore. resident bettered the previous mark by almost four minutes in what was perhaps the performance of the day at the Boston Marathon.

Hasay's teammates with the Nike Oregon Project, Galen Rupp and Suguru Osako, finished second and third in the men's race at the Boston Marathon.

Now he views the flag as a symbol for giving back and helping others.

Almost 895 miles away, one of their teammates, Notre Dame Dean and Professor, Laura Carlson, completed her sixth consecutive Boston Marathon.