Wounded vet running Boston Marathon carries race partner across finish line

Dave Prario carries his son Austin across the Boston Marathon finish line in 1998

The Boston Marathon was no exception, but in 1967 young Kathrine Switzer was a keen runner and wanted to take part - despite her coach telling her a marathon was too far for a "fragile woman".

"Suddenly, it all comes back to life", Switzer said in the video. In her later races, no subterfuge was necessary.

During Monday's race, Hasay wore her late mother's engagement ring, whom she spoke about during the post-race press conference.

Before the race, Switzer spoke with NPR about the day she made history. The Portland, Ore. resident bettered the previous mark by almost four minutes in what was perhaps the performance of the day at the Boston Marathon.

"It was feared that anything longer was going to injure women, that they wouldn't be able to have children or they somehow turned into men", she told NPR.

"He said, 'No dame ever ran no marathon, '" she said. She did not want to just walk again, she wanted to run marathons again. I realized if I quit the race. And alongside of the photographer's truck came the officials' press truck. I was terrified. I was scared.

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Inspired onlookers rushed to congratulate Granville, giving him hugs and cheering him on as he rushed to complete the race. You know, we laugh about it now because it's so amusing when a girl is saved by her burly boyfriend. But.

Kathrine is just one of a handful of courageous women who entered races when it was forbidden, but what makes her so special is what she's done with her notoriety.

Sanchez finished the grueling race in five hours, 21 minutes and 56 seconds. That's a Boston record, besting Wakako Tsuchida's 2011 mark of 1:34:06.

The veteran has since competed in marathons in Detroit, Chicago, New York and Boston using a handbike.

"I felt really blessed to have her out there running every step with me and that gives me a lot of strength in the marathon and is what helped me get through the distance", she says. "We are here to change the life of women".