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The race resonated far beyond a footnote in the record books when an official tried to force her from the course after a few miles.

Kathrine Switzer became the first woman to enter the Boston Marathon in 1967 when she registered for the then male-only event under a boy's name.

A day after she returned to the course on the 50th anniversary of her 1967 landmark run, the first official female entrant saw her bib No. 261 retired by the Boston Athletic Association. During this year's Boston Marathon, however, he walked.

Anoher woman, Bobbi Gibb, had unofficially completed the 26.2-mile course a year earlier, popping out of the bushes after she was denied an official bib. In the past, the nine-year-veteran has run the Boston, Chicago, Detroit and NY marathons using a hand-bike, according to WCVB.

"It's just an enormous sense of gratitude for the city of Boston, the streets of Boston, which changed my life and helped pave the way for what is nothing less than a social revolution in women's running", she said.

In a sign of how times have changed, Switzer was cheered by crowds, and fired the starting gun for the women elite runners' race. 50 years hence, in 2017, she ran the same marathon, with over 100 other women.

In a moving finish, Granville picked up his race partner and guide and carried her over the finish line over his shoulders.

Switzer completed this year's race only a little slower, in 4:44:31. 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. Now 58% of marathon runners in the USA are women.

Switzer's coach in 1967 was a 15-time Boston Marathoner and didn't think a woman could do it - which energized Switzer to try.

Along with Granville, a wounded Marine, Staff Sergeant Jose Luis Sanchez, also finished the Boston Marathon on Monday with a prosthetic leg while carrying an American flag.

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