Elite men, bulk of field start Boston Marathon


Galen Rupp, of the United States, crosses the finish line in second place in the 121st Boston Marathon on Monday, April 17, 2017, in Boston. Her bib number from the 1967 Boston Marathon - 261 - is sometimes worn by women on their arms when they race.

The incident was captured in an iconic photo that turned Switzer into a role model and launched her career as an advocate for women's equality in sports. She was the 9,859th woman to finish today's race.

She's won in London, New York City and Los Angeles. Evans, who completed his 52nd marathon overall, said he wanted to show that Boston is back to normal.

Geoffrey Kirui and Edna Kiplagat produced a Kenyan sweep at the Boston Marathon, winning the men's and women's races on Monday by conquering the race's hilly final miles to establish their dominance. "I love running it, and if I'm back running it, it says everybody should run it".

Keflezighi, who finished 13th in the 2017 race with a time of 02:17:00, is stepping away from competitive running. She dodged attempts to remove her from the course and finished the race in 4 hours, 20 minutes.

Before the race was attacked that day, ME running enthusiasts were proud to hear about Sheri Piers, then 40, of Falmouth was welcomed as the first American to cross the finish line at the marathon. She became an author and TV commentator for the Olympics, World and National championships before returning to marathons at 64.

Kenyan long-distance runner Edna Kiplagat won the Boston Marathon on Monday.

Jimmy Golen has covered the Boston Marathon since 1995. After all, another woman, Roberta Bingay Gibb, had completed the Boston Marathon the year before without a bib.

Sculptor Pablo Eduardo was chosen unanimously by the families to design the markers that will be placed on the two bombing sites on Boylston Street. They'll be followed at 10 a.m.by the elite men. Along the way, they were expected to be slowed by temperatures rising into the 70s. The Boston Athletic Association, which organizes the annual marathon expects up to 500,000 spectators could turn up to cheer on runners.

Update 10:50 a.m.: The Boston Athletic Association announces the victor of the women's push-rim: Manuela Schar of Switzerland.

The 38-year-old policewoman, who missed the cut for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, smashed her competition with an unofficial time of 2:21:53.

The bulk of the runners will be passing through the finish line between 10:41 a.m. and 3:04 p.m., the BAA said, though times are subject to change.