Kenyans sweep Boston Marathon on a good day for US runners

Geoffrey Kirui and Galen Rupp pulled away from the pack together

With a number of runners attempting the infamous race, there were sure to be a few who needed a little motivation, so onlookers tried their best to provide it whenever possible. "I didn't know how close they were so I just raced and raced and raced".

Two miles into the 1967 race, a race official noticed her and attempted to kick her off the course. The 70-year-old finished with a race time of 4:44:31 and an average mile of 10:51.

If Linden was speaking of a day in which Americans capture both the men's and women's divisions, she's right: It will be a big, big day. She managed to get a bib number by using her first and middle initials when registering.

Her time at age 20: four hours and 20 minutes.

This time, she was far from the only woman.

For everyone who runs, just being part of the history and pedigree of the Boston Marathon is a dream come true.

"I was so terrified and embarrassed and humiliated, but then I said, 'No, I've got to finish this race because if I don't, nobody is going to believe women should be taken seriously", she said. 50 years ago women were considered "too fragile" to run the race.

Ms Switzer's run 50 years ago is widely credited with forcing the Boston Marathon to start allowing female runners in 1972. "I was afraid, because you know, if you miss water it can affect you". "People who couldn't be out there and running for them", said Carlson.

Detective Amanda Brezniak ran her first marathon on Monday. "That's something again I think I have a lot of room to grow".

"I just remember trying to get out of there because they were trying to get people to get out of the area", he says.

Anoher woman, Bobbi Gibb, had unofficially completed the 26.2-mile course a year earlier, popping out of the bushes after she was denied an official bib. "I felt great through halfway, but the cramps set in and it became a test to see whether I could reach the finish line. I want to celebrate in the best possible way and crossing that finish line is going to be a wonderful experience". "Running had given me everything, and I wanted other women to feel that as well".

Kiplagat commended her coach-cum-husband Gilbert Koech and her children for giving her ample time in training and to relax before the race. Switzer also launched the Avon International Running Circuit of women-only races in 27 countries that paved the way for the first women's Olympic marathon in 1984.

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