Wounded vet running Boston Marathon carries race partner across finish line

Geoffrey Kirui and Galen Rupp pulled away from the pack together

Switzer's race was immortalized in photos of then race director Jock Semple taking to the course in an attempt to take her bib number away and stop her from running, noted the Boston Globe.

After his injury, he competed in multiple marathons including Boston, New York, Chicago and Detroit all using a hand-bike.

She added that the Boston Marathon in particular was a special event."Boston's a great race because the city just embraces all the runners; the atmosphere on the course and all the volunteers are awesome", she said.Julia Miller and Jackie Loween, both of Alexandria, Minnesota, are two friends who trained for the marathon together, each with their own special cause behind them.

"Suddenly, it all comes back to life", Switzer said in a Facebook Live video shared as she ran that now infamous stretch.

On Monday, aged 70, she ran it again, finishing just under 25 minutes slower in 4:44:31.

In her memoir, Marathon Woman, Switzer recalled the moment she was attacked. As the oldest marathon in the world, completing these 26.2 miles in Boston is a lifetime goal and a proud achievement for most long-distance runners. I said to my coach immediately after the incident: 'I have to finish this race now because if I drop out of this race, nobody's going to believe that women are serious'.

Jordan Hasay from the USA, who was making her debut in marathon clocked 2:23.00 for third place.

A wounded Army veteran missing part of his left leg carried his racing partner across the Boston Marathon finish line on Monday, according to WCVB in Boston.

Before the race, Switzer spoke with NPR about the day she made history. "I just hope my good time today wasn't just because of the tailwind". Women were officially allowed to enter the Boston Marathon five years later in 1972, and the Olympics in 1984. And someday, maybe you can run a marathon.

Over the years, Switzer has competed in more than 30 marathons, winning NY in 1974 in 3:07:29, and has worked as a television commentator.

Running the 1967 Boston Marathon changed the course of Switzer's life.

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