Wounded veteran carries woman across finish line at Boston Marathon

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He ran his first, the Marine Corps marathon in Washington, D.C., in 2015, before completing his inaugural Boston Marathon past year.

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.

The warm temperatures that hit 79 degrees at the 20-kilometer mark in slowed the runners but the strong tailwind was a boost - especially for the wheelchair races.

On Monday, her bib number, 261 - the same one she wore in 1967 - became only the second number ever to be retired in Boston Marathon's history.

On Patriots' Day, one South Bend Woman celebrated women's freedom by running in the iconic Boston Marathon. Despite not even enjoying running, he made a decision to partake in the Marine Corps Marathon in 2015 and the Boston Marathon 2016 and 2017.

Switzer was given a number for the men's-only race in 1967 only because she used her initials - "K.V." - when she filled out her entry forms.

Switzer has competed in dozens of marathons through the years and won the New York Marathon in 1974. We are here to change the life of women. "I was not only pushed by that tailwind, but also buoyed by the crowd". The Americans had their best results since the race went pro in 1986, placing two women in the top four and six men in the top 10, including runner-up Galen Rupp.

"When I was recovering, I couldn't stand up for three seconds or walk for more than two feet", Sanchez said.

Jimmy Golen has covered the Boston Marathon for The Associated Press since 1995.

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