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First-Time Boston Marathoners Emerge Victorious

"I love her so much and she'll always be with me".

He said today the chants of "Boston Strong", "USA", and "Meb Strong" helped carry him to a 13th place finish in his final competitive Boston run. He ran his first marathon in 2015 in Washington D.C., and finished last year's Boston Marathon in just under six hours.

Thirty thousand men and women are in Hopkinton, Massachusetts to take part in the one hundred and twentieth running of the Boston Marathon.

Switzer's bib number, 261, will be retired from the marathon, the Boston Athletic Association announced on Thursday.

"The winners' times are considered a world best and not a world record".

Kenya's Geoffrey Kirui (JOFF'-ree key-ROO'-ee) has won the Boston Marathon - his first marathon victory ever.

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Marcel Hug won Boston for the third time, outpushing 10-time champion Ernst Van Dyk down Boylston Street and finishing in 1:18:04 to beat the course record and world best by 21 seconds.

Geoffrey Kirui of Kenya won the race in 2:09:37, while fellow Kenyan Edna Kiplagat took home the women's title in 2:21:52.

"The wind is so important", Hug said.

That's what Staff Sergeant Jose Luis Sanchez did at Monday's 121st Boston Marathon, according to the Boston Globe. "Everything was fantastic today". The only other number retired was John Kelley's No. 61 after he ran 61 Boston Marathons, finishing his last in 1992 at the age of 84 with a time of 5:58:36. It was 69 and warming at the halfway point in Wellesley and expected to be up to 72 degrees by the time the runners reached the finish in Boston's Back Bay.

Earlier Monday, city officials announced plans for memorials to mark the sites where two bombs exploded during the 2013 race. This year Switzer returns to run the 26.2 miles, but the organizers will be honoring her instead of trying to throw her out. This year, some of those the pack included a formerly homeless man who was running to raise money for a homeless shelter, and Ben Beach going for an unprecedented 50th straight Boston finish.

Briggs then entered himself and Switzer - who registered as K.V. Switzer - in the 1967 Boston Marathon. "And it was one that made me bound and determined to change things for women", she said.



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