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Boston Marathon remains an inspiration for all who run

20 April 2017, 02:52 | Justin Tyler

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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.

In the first marathon of her career, Hasay finished in third place among female runners with a time of 2:23:00. Kathrine tells John about the day she was shoved, and how participating in the marathon went from being an act of passion, to a political statement that day.

Anoher woman, Bobbi Gibb, had unofficially completed the 26.2-mile course a year earlier, popping out of the bushes after she was denied an official bib.

Spitzer said her return to the race in 2017 was a way to, "celebrate the fact, first of all, that I can run - that I'm capable of doing it, amazingly enough, and I'm very, very grateful for that".

This time, she was hailed for paving the way for women's distance running around the world.

The elite come to Boston because it's prestigious, and so does everyone else who finishes hours later, including Deborah Touchy, who was escorted down the last mile by a woman she didn't even know.

Switzer went on to finish the race at a time of 4h20m, a full hour behind Bobbi Gibb, the female victor on the day, but who ran without registering.

"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.

On Patriots' Day, one South Bend Woman celebrated women's freedom by running in the iconic Boston Marathon.

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

"It's not for me, it's for others to be inspired, to be motivated", he said. This year, she wore orange when she ran to honor her daughter's boyfriend. We are here to change the life of women.

In the clip, Granville - of Carbondale, Pennsylvania - is seen hoisting his race partner on his back and carrying her to the end of the race.

In her memoir, Marathon Woman, Switzer recalled the moment she was attacked. "If that girl were my daughter, I would spank her". And someday, maybe you can run a marathon.

"It was awesome to look around and see so many women running and realize that 50 years ago there was only one", said Carlson.

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