Kenyans have a banner day at the Boston Marathon

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Hey, if the Patriots can overcame a deficit like that, you can finish a race, folks!

On Monday, as a marathon medal was hung around her neck and photographers and camera crews swarmed her, women were heard chanting, "Thank you, Kathrine!"

Jason Ayr waited in the staging room in Hopkinton before the start of the 121st Boston Marathon.

Jordan Hasey, with a time of two hours, 23 minutes, posted the fastest run by American woman in her first career marathon, beating the previous mark by almost three minutes.

"People have such an appreciation for what running has done for them and how it's changed their lives", said Switzer, who named her 261 Fearless foundation after the bib number that was almost torn from her back on the marathon course.

Although no American woman has won Boston since 1985, Linden believes the drought will be over soon. This is going to be one long run. He finished 21 seconds behind. "(Jason) did pretty good. But eventually I just couldn't stay up with him. And so I think about that along the run.

Americans, too, have room to grow, he said.

"I'm happy with my time of 3:44:58, racing in 70-degree heat", said Ackerlund, 50, whose PR is 3:35:56.

Of the 27,221 who started, 26,411 runners finished (97 percent).

Kiplagat, a 37-year-old mother of two from Kenya, won in an unofficial time of 2:21:52, with Rose Chelimo of Bahrain second in 2:22:51 and Jordan Hasay of the US third in 2:23:00.

There were 19 Americans in the top 30. At the time of her first marathon, Goucher was coached by Alberto Salazar, who now coaches Hasay at the Oregon Distance Project.

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That out-of-control guy was one of the race organizers, Jock Semple.

She has said she hopes to run NY this year as well.

It was clear yesterday that the crowd was diggin' on the Americans.

He told the Boston Herald he might return as an amateur.

For those who feel a need to keep track of these things, Keflezighi was born in Eritrea and came to the United States when he was 12. And just so you know: Meb is a rock star in the Boston running community.

Earlier Monday, city officials announced plans for memorials to mark the sites where two bombs exploded during the 2013 Boston Marathon.

Switzer, who completed the Boston Marathon in 1967 in four hours and 20 minutes. She said that the 261 bib number also has been retired for the marathon.

He was referring to the Martin Richard Foundation.

As the years went on she advocated for women to be admitted as full competitors - and kept running more and more marathons.

Maybe it'll happen soon.

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