Marathoners carry struggling runner to finish line

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The combination pushed the former 5K and 10K runner, who just past year transitioned to road running, to an incredible third-place finish that shattered the American record for a marathon debut.

They were followed closely by Americans who grabbed two of the top four women's spots and six of the top ten for men - the first time that's happened since the race went professional in 1986.

In the women's competition, runners to watch include Kenya's Gladys Cherono, who won the 2015 Berlin Marathon, and Edna Kiplagat, who finished second in Chicago previous year.

"It's beyond me; it's the number now", said Switzer, who ran the race on Monday along with 118 women and "seven intrepid men" who raised money for the charity that uses running to improve women's lives around the world.

"I just felt that I had to run the Boston Marathon". Although there were no rules officially barring women from racing, Semple approached her shortly after she left Hopkinton and shouted "get the hell out of my race and give me those numbers".

"I want to lead by example", he declared.

"We keep getting closer. I knew I would challenge some of the champions who have been competing here".

Also in the field was Boston Police Commissioner William Evans, who ran for the 18th time in 2013 but has skipped the races since the bombings so he could be available in case of another emergency.

Although no American woman has won Boston since 1985, Linden believes the drought will be over soon.

"I feel overwhelmingly grateful for the streets of Boston", she said.

Jordan Hasay from the USA, who was making her debut in marathon clocked 2:23.00 for third place. But it was the voice of her mother that Hasay heard above all others, and it was their running conversation during one of the loneliest journeys in all of sport that sustained her.

"I'm not sure how it can get any better than how everything went yesterday", race director Dave McGillivray said Tuesday at the annual day-after briefing. "We were 50 feet away and I told Andi, 'I'm going to carry you'".

"I just felt blessed having her out there running every step with me". "It's interesting. It was a different experience than anything I've ever experienced".

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