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Switzer successfully completes 121st Boston Marathon
BOSTON - Women’s marathon legend Kathrine Switzer (left, No. 261) and 261 Fearless team member Rosy Spraker, (bib 19378) of Lorton, Virginia, were lined up for the start of the 121st Boston Marathon today at Hopkinton, Massachusetts. Switzer, 70, was celebrating the 50th anniversary of her historic 1967 run when she became the first woman to wear and official bib number and finish the Boston Marathon, considered by runners around the world to be the most prestigious of all races. Switzer was running with hundreds of women and seven men who are members of her 261 Fearless organization which encourages participations and inclusion in the sport of running. Photo: Horst von Bohlen
Legendary marathoner’s run in celebration of 50th anniversary of historic race
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