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12 must-see moments from the 2017 Boston Marathon

October 19 2017, 11:45 | Van Peters

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In 1967 irate race official Jock Semple tried forcibly to remove Kathrine Switzer from the then all-male Boston Marathon

Kathrine Switzer became the first woman to enter the Boston Marathon in 1967 when she registered for the then male-only event under a boy's name.

She has completed a total of 40 marathons as well as other races in her career.

"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.

Switzer, who completed the Boston Marathon in 1967 in four hours and 20 minutes. Japan and Ethiopia each placed one person in the top ten.

"I'm exhilarated", she told ABC News after finishing the 26.2-mile race on Monday. On Monday, at 70 years old, Switzer finished in 4:44:31, wearing the same bib number - 261.

Kirui finished in 2:09:37 to claim a silver trophy, a guilded olive wreath from Marathon, Greece, and the $150,000 first prize.

In her memoir, Marathon Woman, Switzer recalled the moment she was attacked. "I didn't know how close they were so I just raced and raced and raced".

"It was definitely a challenge", said the 34-year-old mother of three. "I was also helped by a tailwind that came through at about the middle of the run". "...nor was there anything indicating gender on the entry form". After she crossed the finish line, the Boston Athletic Association retired her bib number.

"I generally am pretty law-abiding".

"He basically said as soon as you hit the hill, don't fight it because you'll lose", said Aguila.

"But am I bold?" While women were not officially barred from the course, people did not believe women were capable of running such a distance. "I ask for forgiveness".

"The higher reason now is not to prove that women can do it", Switzer said.

Switzer's boyfriend shouldered him out of the way, and Switzer ran on. During this year's Boston Marathon, however, he walked.

Switzer captured the occasion with a video near the spot where Semple attempted to yank her off the course and posted it on her Facebook page. "I wrote 2-6-1 on my arm and the crowds cheered me on that day", said Carlson.

Switzer, however, first ran the Boston Marathon in 1967, when women were not allowed to compete.

"What happened to me was a radicalizing experience. That event changed my life and, as a outcome, the lives of millions of women around the world.", she writes in an essay in The New York Times. "Running had given me everything, and I wanted other women to feel that as well".

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