Wounded Marine Who Lost Leg In Afghanistan Finishes Boston Marathon


Kiplagat won the women's race in a time of 2 hours 21 minutes and 53 seconds.The 38 year-old beat Kenyan-born Rose Chelimo of Bahrain to win her first Boston major.

"I felt really blessed to have her out there running every step with me and that gives me a lot of strength in the marathon and is what helped me get through the distance", she says.

"I ran it past year with breast cancer", she said. "If all of this happened in 50 years, imagine what is going to happen in the next 50 years".

On Monday, she reached her goal by crossing the Boston Marathon finish line in a time of 4:49:25.

Monday, at 70, she ran for her foundation "261 Fearless" the organization named after her now famous bib number from the '67 marathon.

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Kathrine Switzer became the first woman to enter the Boston Marathon in 1967 when she registered for the then male-only event under a boy's name. But today, women have their own starting line and are regular participants in a race that once kept them locked out.

"Fifty years before, it was so freezing", she said.

I remember my first Boston and the focus being on just finishing, not caring about any particular time. This man's sign served as a motivator for marathon runners, who have to run 26.2 miles to complete the marathon. When she was discovered, after the marathon had already started, the race director tried to rip her bib numbers off her back.

"I expected victory since I had trained well for this race", said Kirui, who drew motivation from Kenyans who had won the race before like Korir, Geoffrey Mutai and Robert Cheruiyot.

More than 30,000 people signed up to take part in the 121st Boston Marathon, and that includes a team from the R.I. State Police.

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Switzer's run became one of the feel-good stories of the marathon, with celebrities like George Takei, Dan Rather and former WWE wrestlers The Bella Twins praising her tenacity.

Jordan Hasay finished in third in her first Boston Marathon. It marked the sixth time Tews completed the fabled 26.2-mile course from Hopkinton to Boston and her 20 marathon finish overall.

Winners of the race received the same type of acknowledgement as the top finishers in the other categories.

In a moving finish, Granville picked up his race partner and guide and carried her over the finish line over his shoulders.

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