Zanesville runner finishes strong at Boston Marathon

Lynette Rowe
April 20, 2017

As CBS2's Don Dahler reported, in 1967, Switzer became the first woman to officially cross the finish line of the Boston Marathon. 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.

Jordan Hasey, with a time of two hours, 23 minutes, posted the fastest run by American woman in her first career marathon, beating the previous mark by almost three minutes.

Kathrine Switzer, the Boston Marathon pioneer who ran as the first woman registered in the race, returned for the 50th anniversary of the event Monday. "I will be able to tell my kids and grandkids that I did something that people with no feet can come out and do as they please".

"At about a mile and a half into the race, the press truck went by us, and they saw that I was a woman in the race wearing numbers and they began taking pictures".

In order to train for the marathon this year, he ran an average of 40 miles a week for 16 weeks.

"You always want to be a little bit better", Switzer said. Now 58% of marathon runners in the USA are women.

Keflezighi, whose emotional victory the year after the finish line bombings was the first for an American man in three decades, says he is running Boston for the last time.

A four-time Olympian who earned a silver medal in Athens in 2004 and won the 2009 New York City Marathon — both times also ending long American droughts — Keflezighi's 2014 win in Boston is one of the signature moments in the race's century-old history.

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Marcel Hug won Boston for the third time, outpushing 10-time champion Ernst Van Dyk down Boylston Street and finishing in 1:18:04 to beat the course record and world best by 21 seconds.

Tews said when she ran her first Boston Marathon 25 years ago, only about 1,500 women entered, and they were given a pink bib and sent to a separate starting corral.

Shortly after the marathon, Boston Athletic Association director Will Cloney was asked to offer his opinion on a female runner registering and completing the historically male race.

Sanchez ran the race while holding an American flag.

"We live for others - I've learned that throughout being angry and frustrated and all that PTSD".

'I'm channeling that to do positive and give back to whatever I've taken from the community'.

Sanchez used a prosthetic blade running leg and competed on behalf of Team Semper Fi, a charity that "provides immediate financial assistance and lifetime support to post-9/11 wounded, critically ill and injured members of all branches of the U.S. Armed Forces".

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