First woman to run Boston Marathon completes race again 50 years later

Rufina Vignone
Aprile 30, 2017

Following her first Boston Marathon, Gonsalves took a year off to give birth to her son, but returned in 2015, and then skipped the following year when she was pregnant with her now 11-month old twin daughters. "The injury humbled me. I'm not going to go up to other amputees and be like, 'You can do it!' Instead, I hope that some people see what I've done and it invokes that fire within them to get over whatever is holding them back". It was fantastic, especially the little girls who were there with their moms. "I didn't know how close they were so I just raced and raced and raced".

"This year was the best", said Miele, who now lives in Ludlow, Mass.

BOSTON Ethiopia's Lemi Berhanu Hayle and Atsede Baysa will line up among the world's top distance runners on Monday to defend their Boston Marathon titles, with tens of thousands of spectators expected to line the course amid tight security.

Switzer finished the race in 4:30:50, just 10 minutes off her 1967 time.

For local runners from the region, who trained through cold New England winter months, the hot sun certainly added a twist to the ups and downs of the Newton hills. A woman previously ran the race without a bib number. Her boyfriend, who was running with her, pushed the official aside so that she could proceed with the race.

She noted that a woman had already run the course once - without entering.

She described Monday's race as a "celebration," according to WBZ-TV. Semple died in 1988.

"And I was just blindsided by this".

"I feel so great", Kiplagat said.

So she was surprised to discover that the pioneer of women's running was right on her heels.

In 1967, Kathrine Switzer had made history by running the all-male race by registering as KV Switzer, which had hidden her gender. After she crossed the finish line, the Boston Athletic Association retired her bib number.

Aguila, who slept at his sister's house Sunday in Brighton, Mass., said the Boston Marathon was the "first race I never warmed up for".

"It was awesome out there", she said. "I didn't think it was for me".

Switzer embraced her destiny for her 50th anniversary race and focused on starting healthy and finishing strong. She plans to celebrate with a Boston-brewed draft beer over dinner with her husband and friends tonight.

Typically, Granville uses a hand bike to compete in marathons, but this time he chose to ditch the bike and use his two very capable legs. But what she experienced Monday in Boston was something else entirely. For her, that strength was on display down to the smallest detail.

"So, apparently I did something today", he wrote. At 70, my legs are not gorgeous like they were when I was 28. "So I tried to push a little bit to test myself".

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