Staff Sgt. Jose Sanchez ran in the Boston Marathon on Monday because he can. While she was running, the race director attempted to physically remove her from the race.
A day after she returned to the course on the 50th anniversary of her 1967 landmark run, the first official female entrant saw her bib No. 261 retired by the Boston Athletic Association. But this year, at the age of 70, she ran it again, finishing in 4 hours, 44 minutes, 31 seconds - only about 25 minutes slower than when she was 20. Though he did not initially acknowledge the gift, Sanchez eventually decided that it was the flag he would fly in the Boston Marathon. While entering with initials so the organizers wouldn't suspect she was female, they quickly spotted her during the race and tried to rip her bib numbers off.
While it's usually about that 26.2 mile journey, for that South Bend woman, it's all about the number 261 and honoring a tradition that started exactly 50 years ago.
Geoffrey Kirui and Edna Kiplagat produced a Kenyan sweep at the Boston Marathon, winning the men's and women's races on Monday by conquering the race's hilly final miles to establish their dominance.
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Yesterday morning, wearing the very same number which was nearly ripped off her five decades earlier, the now 70-year-old Switzer completed the Boston Marathon for a ninth time. "We have the podium for both men and women, so the future is great".
"The crowd got me through the finish line", he said.
Kiplagat finished in 2:21:52 to win her Boston debut, adding the victory to two world championships and wins in London, New York and Los Angeles.
The Texas Marine ran the marathon with a very special American flag in hand.