Woman who defied 'men-only' rule runs same marathon again 50 years later

Running the 1967 Boston Marathon changed the course of Switzer's life. She endured a number of injuries and setbacks and time away from her 6-year-old daughter while training, but Brezniak says running for the kids makes it all worth it.

Switzer went on to be the women's victor of the 1974 New York City Marathon and provide TV commentary in Boston for the last 37 years.

Switzer was given a number for the men's-only race in 1967 only because she used her initials - "K.V." - when she filled out her entry forms.

Fifty years ago, a clever, determined woman named Kathrine Switzer crossed the finish line at the Boston Marathon - but not before an official tried to drag her from the course.

Switzer finished anyway, and came back eight more times.

Already a silver medalist and USA record-holder in the 10,000 meters, he ran the fastest marathon time ever for an American in the Summer Games: 2 hours, 10 minutes, 5 seconds.

"I wanted to run the race and support the bombing survivors, to show them that life goes on and all you have to do is just push through it", Sanchez told Uproxx days before his first Boston Marathon in 2016.

Kenyan runners swept the Boston Marathon on Monday, with Edna Kiplagat winning the women's title and Geoffrey Kirui taking the men's race.

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To inspire his fellow veterans, Sanchez didn't just don a Semper Fi shirt and prosthetic leg - he ran the entire marathon proudly waving the American flag. In her memoir, Switzer recalls Semple screaming as he reached for her bib number, "Get the hell out of my race and give me those numbers!". During the marathon, a photographer captured the race director grabbing Switzer and trying to rip her bib numbers off. Switzer said she and the race director have since grown close.

"I just kept going mile after mile, and I never knew what the next mile would bring". There are now more women competing in marathons nationwide than there are men.

'We live for others - I've learned that throughout being angry and frustrated and all that PTSD, ' he said.

"I'm exhilarated", she told ABC News after finishing the 26.2-mile race on Monday.

The moment galvanized Switzer and set her on a new course as an advocate for women's athletics.

"If I can come back", he said, "everyone can".

Tews was among eight Bay City-area runners to complete the race Monday, joining Essexville's Russ Gorski (3:27:29) and Jeffrey Underhill (4:39:16), Bay City's John Herbolsheimer (3:43:53), Ken Roznowski (3:50:22) and Lisa Nagel (4:02:58), Auburn's Jeff Senkowski (4:06:10) and Clare's James Frank (3:29:06).


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