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MEB'S FAREWELLKeflezighi, whose emotional victory the year after the finish line bombings was the first for an American man in three decades, says he is running Boston for the last time.

Spitzer said her return to the race in 2017 was a way to, "celebrate the fact, first of all, that I can run - that I'm capable of doing it, amazingly enough, and I'm very, very grateful for that". In his last competitive Boston run, he finished 13th in 2:17:00 despite pain in his quad muscles.

In her memoir "Marathon Woman", Switzer describes how Briggs told her about the 15 Boston Marathons he ran in until she couldn't take it anymore.

Switzer served as the honorary starter for the women's elite race, won by Kenya's Edna Kiplagat, before taking to the course herself.

Her two-year training regimen included participating in Woodstock Vermont's Hundred Mile Equestrian Race as its first and ONLY runner. And Kathrine Switzer, wearing the same bib number - 261 - that she wore when she entered the all-male race 50 years ago, using only her initials, K.V.

"Instinctively I jerked my head around quickly and looked square into the most vicious face I'd ever seen", Switzer wrote in her memoir. "A big man, a huge man, with bared teeth was set to pounce, and before I could react he grabbed my shoulder and flung me back, screaming, 'Get the hell out of my race and give me those numbers!'" she wrote in her memoir. She managed to register and start with the others, but the she was made famous when race director Jock Semple tried to pull her off the course.

The number 261 became a rallying cry for female athletes and Switzer formed 261 Fearless, a running club with chapters across the United States. Desi Linden, who was second in Boston by 2 seconds in 2011, finished fourth - the first time since 1991 that two US women have finished in the top four.

Kirui finished in two hours nine minutes and 37 seconds after holding off a challenge by American Galen Rupp in the race's final stretch down Boylston Street, the site of the deadly 2013 bombing attack.

BOSTON (AP) - The Kenyans are back in Boston after a relative lull that saw them shut out in the world's most prestigious marathon twice in the past three years. Switzer was one of them, and she wore the same bib number as her historic run.

The elite women are on their way in the 121st running of the Boston Marathon.

Why didn't she drop out of the 1967 race? "I know that a lot of people out there lost loved ones here, and so that really just lifted me up".

"I have it hidden in my house", Switzer said.