She said it has always been her dream to return to the streets of Boston after making history there in 1967.
This isn't Dorsey's first time on a big stage. The UMass graduate and Westfield native looked to one side and saw 2014 Boston Marathon champion Meb Keflezighi.
"At first it was nerve wracking. After the wait and struggles we had to get here - I wish it had been our day, and that is tough - but there's no one on earth I would rather have a tough day with".
"I tried many times in the track but I see my future in marathon", he said. "It makes you realize they're all human too, it kind of normalizes it for you". Rupp has now finished first in the Olympic Trials in Los Angeles, third in the Rio Olympics, and now second at Boston.
There were 19 Americans in the top 30. So she started her own club, and they ran in Canada, "just like draft dodgers", Switzer said. She wanted to run the Boston Marathon herself, but when she told her coach the idea was immediately shot down - unless she could prove herself.
Ayr took 29th in the men's division.
According to ABC affiliate WCVB-TV, Earl Granville picked up his running partner and carried her to the finish line while holding an American flag despite having a prosthetic leg.
Dorsey debated Monday on whether to hunt a personal best in unfavorably warm conditions or take it easier but settled on going all-out after deliberating with his wife, Kelsey, and a friend. "I did get that sub-three hour marathon, which is kind of a benchmark for numerous marathoners". Switzer asked. "As negative as that experience was, it became the best thing in my life".
This race survived that bad attack, and has lasted now into its 121st year because of the loyalty not of elite runners but a large following of more human ones. Ayr originally hoped to break 2:21:00, but the heat forced him to alter his expectations. "The injury totally humbled me", he said of the recovery process. "I'm so very grateful".
He threw out his time expectations around the sixth or seventh mile. "I heard a mother say to her son, 'You've got to get up and see this.' That was kind of emotional". "We had some hard conversations this year after I didn't do well on the track and we even thought that maybe the Oregon Project isn't working for me, but thankfully I moved to the roads and it's working out", she said. "Everyone was dumping bags of ice and water on themselves". She won the Foot Locker Cross Country Championships as a ninth-grader and eventually went on to compete at the University of OR, where she had one of the most decorated college careers in history.
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