Kenyans Kirui, Kiplagat win Boston Marathon; good day for US

Switzer, however, was the first official Boston Marathon female participant, and her struggle that day wearing the No. 261 bib eventually led to the start of 261 Fearless, a foundation established to support women as they "take on their personal challenges through running or walking".

Edna Kiplagat won the women's race to complete the Kenyan sweep. Rose Chelimo, a Kenyan-born Bahraini runner, placed second.

It was a breakthrough race for the 24-year-old-in his Boston Marathon debut, Kirui captured his first career marathon victory. Rupp, also running his first Boston, trailed by 21 seconds.

Rupp and Hasay, both University of OR alums and both coached by 1983 Boston champ Alberto Salazar, ran smart races in their Boston debuts.

On the 50-year anniversary of Switzer breaking the gender barrier at the Boston Marathon, she and Tews crossed the finish line at virtually the same time Monday in the 121 running of the world renowned event. It was the fastest-ever debut by an American woman, Runner's World says.

Schar, who won the marathon gold medal at the 2013 World Championships, finished with a time of 1:28:17, also setting a new world record. But a tailwind gusting up to 30 miles per hour could mean fast times, at least among the elite runners who would finish before the hottest part of the day.

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With two-time fourth-place finisher Shalane Flanagan out with a back injury, the USA hopes on the women's side are represented by Desi Linden, a two-time Olympian who has thrice placed in the top 10 in Boston. Sculptor Pablo Eduardo will create the markers.

"When you are the champion, the next year, the appearance fees, the contracts, everything" is more lucrative, the two-time New York City Marathon runner-up said this week.

As Switzer tells it in her memoir, Semple grabbed her from behind while she was running. He may even have finished sooner if it weren't for the soaring temperatures!

"I tried many times in the track but I see my future in marathon", he said. While women were not officially barred from the course, people did not believe women were capable of running such a distance. Meb Keflezighi ended a 31-year drought for American men when he prevailed in 2014, the year after bombings at the race's finish line killed three people and wounded more than 260 others. They'll be followed at 10 the elite men.

The time does not count for record purposes as Boston is not a record-eligible course due to its point-to-point, net downhill layout. No American woman has won here since 1985, and Keflezighi is the only American man to win since 1983.

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