Kathrine Switzer once again crossed the finish line of the Boston Marathon wearing bib No. 261, 50 years after she became the first woman with an official number to run the race.
— Scott Sullivan (@SullyBunz) April 17, 2017
It’s the last time the number will be used in the marathon — the Boston Athletic Association is retiring the number Switzer was assigned when she entered the race in 1967 using her initials — “K.V.”
In 1967, the then 20-year-old college student finished the marathon in 4 hours and 20 minutes, despite the race director attempting to physically force her out of the race.
On Monday, the 70-year-old finished the race in 4:44:31. During her run, Switzer pointed out the spot on the course where she was almost stopped 50 years before.