Published: Thu, April 20, 2017
Sport | By Ellis Neal

Boston Marathon remains an inspiration for all who run

Boston Marathon remains an inspiration for all who run

"It's just an enormous sense of gratitude for the city of Boston, the streets of Boston, which changed my life and helped pave the way for what is nothing less than a social revolution in women's running", she said.

More surprisingly, so are the Americans.

Geoffrey Kirui and Edna Kiplagat led a Kenyan clean sweep at the 121st Boston Marathon on Monday, both timing late bursts to perfection to claim the men's and women's races of the prestigious event.

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 incredible", 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.

"It's so exciting to see Americans being competitive here and running well in Boston", Rupp said, "whether it's myself or Jordan Hasay".

Rounding out the top 10 were runners from California, Arizona, Colorado, Oregon and Utah.

The best among them was Galen Rupp, a three-time Olympian whose second-place finish in his first Boston Marathon made him the highest-placing American here since the Eritrea-born Keflezighi's victory. She pulled ahead of Rose Chelimo of Bahrain in the Newton hills to win by 59 seconds.

The first woman to run the Boston Marathon in the United States participated the race again on Monday, 50 years after she was almost forced off the course. "We can make it happen through running". "When Americans break the tape, it's going to be a big deal here".

The marathon was the second hottest on record in the last 40 years. According to her the book and some press images, the race director, Jock Semple, told Switzer to "Get the hell out of my race and give me those numbers!'" as he "grabbed my shoulder and flung me back, screaming". "The thought came into my mind, 'Who would know if I just walked a little bit here?' And I could hear my coach in my ear, Tom Clifford, yelling 'This race is all about what you do in the last four miles.' I'm grateful that I didn't stop. How could I not love somebody who changed my life in such a positive way, even if it was a negative beginning?" He crossed the finish line with a time of about 3 hours and 50 minutes.

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