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Marine amputee runs Boston Marathon with American flag

21 April 2017, 07:53 | Joan Schultz

Geoffrey Kirui and Galen Rupp pulled away from the pack together

Geoffrey Kirui and Galen Rupp pulled away from the pack together

But today, women have their own starting line and are regular participants in a race that once kept them locked out.

In 1967, Switzer became the first woman to run with an official bib number in the Boston Marathon.

Still, despite proof that women could clearly complete marathons, the athletic world generally assumed that women "couldn't run and didn't want to run" that far, Switzer says. In the past, the nine-year-veteran has run the Boston, Chicago, Detroit and NY marathons using a hand-bike, according to WCVB. It sounds amusing now, but there were serious rules barring women from sports, especially running races.

Marcel Hug, also of Switzerland, again took the men's wheelchair race, his third consecutive Boston victory, in 1:18:4.

Women's marathon has come a long way since 1967. "People who couldn't be out there and running for them", said Carlson. And the race director [Jock Semple] was on the truck and the guys were teasing him.

"And I was just blindsided by this".

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"I turned to Arnie and said, 'I'm going to finish this race on my hands and my knees if I have to, '" she said.

In 1967, Switzer finished in 4 hours, 20 minutes.

As the years went on she advocated for women to be admitted as full competitors - and kept running more and more marathons. She won the New York City marathon in 1974.

A viral Facebook video that has been viewed over 6 million times shows the moment Army Staff Sergeant Earl Granville carried a woman across the finish line on Monday.

"He threw me back and he said, 'Get the hell out of my race and give me those numbers, ' and tried to pull my bib numbers off", recalled Switzer, whose boyfriend and coach ran interference.



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