Marine who lost leg in combat runs Boston Marathon holding American flag

"After all the marathons I've run, this may be the most important of all", she said.

(AP Photo/Bill Sikes). U.S. distance runners Galen Rupp, left front, Jared Ward, center, and Desiree Linden depart after a Boston Marathon media availability Friday, April 14, 2017, in advance of Monday's race in Boston. Boston Police Commissioner William Evans also ran for the first time since the Boston Marathon bombings.

Schar, who won the marathon gold medal at the 2013 World Championships, finished with a time of 1:28:17, also setting a new course record.

In her memoir "Marathon Woman", Switzer describes how Briggs told her about the 15 Boston Marathons he ran in until she couldn't take it anymore.

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh stressed that there are no credible threats to this year's marathon.

Switzer became the first female to officially run in the Boston Marathon in 1967, and she's back in MA to run the 26-mile course Monday.

Hug outpushed 10-time victor Ernst Van Dyk of South Africa down Boylston Street to finish in an unofficial time of 1 hour, 18 minutes, 4 seconds.

Kiplagat, a 38-year-old mother of two whose resume includes marathon wins in London, Moscow, New York and Daegu, ran alone for the final miles of the race and finished in 2:21:52, nearly a minute ahead of Bahrain's Rose Chelimo.

Keflezighi, 41, finished 13th this year in what he said will be his last competitive run in Boston. The only other number retired was John Kelley's No. 61 after he ran 61 Boston Marathons, finishing his last in 1992 at the age of 84 with a time of 5:58:36. "Everything was fantastic today". This year, some of those the pack included a formerly homeless man who was running to raise money for a homeless shelter, and Ben Beach going for an unprecedented 50th straight Boston finish.

Fifty years ago, Switzer's boyfriend had to fend off a race official who sought to physically stop her from running.

Plans are in the works for memorials to mark the sites where two bombs exploded during the 2013 Boston Marathon. The 26.2-mile course will start in Hopkinton, Mass., and will run through downtown Boston. "And it was one that made me bound and determined to change things for women", she said.

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