Marine amputee runs Boston Marathon with American flag

Kathrine Switzer, the first woman to officially enter the Boston Marathon, returned to the course 50 years after she made history - finishing in 2017 with a time of 4:44:31.

But Tews, a longtime local running ambassador from Kawkawlin, enjoyed a milestone moment of her own by crossing the finish line 25 years after her first Boston Marathon experience.

Inside, another line of runners was there on Tuesday to celebrate Kathrine Switzer.

Kathy Switzer is roughed up by race official Jack Semple during the 1967 Boston Mararthon.

"I ran it previous year with breast cancer", she said. She said that the 261 bib number also has been retired for the marathon.

Yesterday Ms Switzer, now 70, finished the marathon in the United States city once again, this time accompanied by hundreds of supporters who ran alongside her.

The accident happened during a routine run in South Portland on July 4th, 2016. A Syracuse University journalism student, she entered the race under her initials, K.V. Switzer.

Switzer's boyfriend, Thomas Miller, body-checked Semple, and she ran on, all the way to the finish line. By 1972, when women were finally admitted to Boston, he and Switzer had become friends.

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The Finn nearly lost his third place too had the race been two laps longer, as Kimi Raikkonen had closed the gap to one second by the end.

"It was the worst thing in my life at the time".

Kiplagat commended her coach-cum-husband Gilbert Koech and her children for giving her ample time in training and to relax before the race.

So she was surprised to discover that the pioneer of women's running was right on her heels.

Kenyan policewoman Edna Kiplagat won the women's race in 2:21:52, needing only one try in Boston to add it to wins in London, New York and Los Angeles. "We have come a light year, really", she said. In the past, the nine-year-veteran has run the Boston, Chicago, Detroit and NY marathons using a hand-bike, according to WCVB.

"Fifty years before, it was so freezing", she said.

"They inspire everyone", said Maureen Banks, chief operating officer at Spaulding. It was extremely validating. Keflezighi won the men's division of the first marathon after the 2013 bombings, becoming the first American victor since 1983. Rupp was 21 seconds back, and Suguru Osako of Japan placed third, 51 seconds behind the victor. It wasn't until the race began that officials noticed a woman running among the men.

Switzer told CNN that running in the two races 50 years apart was "like night and day".