There's a famous photo of a marshal trying to force her off the course at mile two, but thanks to a mixture of pluck and support from the male runners, she gave him the slip.
With the help of a bodyblock from her boyfriend, Switzer evaded the official and finished the race in four hours 20 minutes.
"It's beyond me; it's the number now", said Switzer, who ran the race on Monday along with 118 women and "seven intrepid men" who raised money for the charity that uses running to improve women's lives around the world.
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In a sign of how times have changed, Switzer was cheered by crowds, and fired the starting gun for the women elite runners' race. On having heard her name called out by supporters, she said: "I've got to tell you it was one of the most gratifying emotional experiences I've ever had [.] it was a wonderful moment". On Monday wearing the same bib number 261, at 70 years old, Switzer finished in 4:44:31, noted the Globe.
BOSTON (AP) - A line stretched the length of the block outside the Boston Marathon store on Boylston Street as runners waited to embroider their finishing times onto the jackets they bought to celebrate their achievement. She is the founder of 261 Fearless, a running club for women.
In a moving finish, Granville picked up his race partner and guide and carried her over the finish line over his shoulders. "I tried to push more, hard and I saw my (rivals) were not picking up the pace".
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Kenya had won either the men's or women's race every year since 1991 before being shut out in 2014 and again last year.
Yesterday Ms Switzer, now 70, finished the marathon in the USA city once again, this time accompanied by hundreds of supporters who ran alongside her. "We can make it happen through running".
Over the years, Switzer has competed in more than 30 marathons, winning NY in 1974 in 3:07:29, and has worked as a television commentator.
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"Suddenly, it all comes back to life", Switzer said in the video.