Boston Marathon retires Bib 261 for women's pioneer Switzer

She said that the 261 bib number also has been retired for the marathon. Her bib number from the 1967 Boston Marathon - 261 - is sometimes worn by women on their arms when they race.

Keflezighi, who plans to retire from racing after this year's NY marathon, stopped after his victory to touch the hand of Bill Richard, whose 8-year-old son Martin was the youngest person to die in the bombing.

In 1967, Switzer finished in 4 hours, 20 minutes.

A four-time Olympian who earned a silver medal in Athens in 2004 and won the 2009 New York City Marathon - both times also ending long American droughts - Keflezighi's 2014 win in Boston is one of the signature moments in the race's century-old history. "I didn't think it was for me". She ambled on for a few miles before her anger transformed into energy and she took off for finish line.

Atsede Baysa is back to defend her women's title, but she will be joined in the field by another returning victor fresh off a Boston victory.

After finishing the race, she said, she wanted a "cup of coffee and a piece of chocolate".

"It was a very good thing she wasn't well-behaved on that morning", said Joann Flaminio, the first female president in the 125-year history of the B.A.A.

"It's not for me, it's for others to be inspired, to be motivated", he said after he completed the race.

Switzer was given a number for the men's-only race in 1967 only because she used her initials - "K.V." - when she filled out her entry forms.

"I knew if I dropped out no one would believe women could run distances and deserved to be in the Boston Marathon".

"Hey friends", she posted to her Facebook page Monday.

Ms Switzer went on to campaign for women's running and was pivotal in gaining the introduction of the women's marathon to the 1984 Olympic games.

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. And, it seems, Patriots fans just can't stop trolling the Falcons and reminding them of that loss. "She has groups formed in different towns to promote running for females, and we've talked about doing that in our area". Despite the fact that the race is not a new experience for her, she said this year's run had an especially important meaning for her.

"And when he came to, he was so impressed", she said.

"It's beyond me; it's the number now", said Switzer, who ran the race on Monday along with 118 women and "seven intrepid men" who raised money for the charity that uses running to improve women's lives around the world. I'm channeling it to be positive and to give back to whatever I have taken away from the community.