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Kathrine Switzer, Boston Marathon Pioneer, Back 50 Years Later

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Kathrine Switzer, who was the first official woman entrant in the Boston Marathon 50 years ago, crosses the finish line in the Boston Marathon, Monday, April 17, 2017, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

By    |   Tuesday, 18 Apr 2017 11:26 AM

Kathrine Switzer, the Boston Marathon pioneer who ran as the first woman registered in the race, returned for the 50th anniversary of the event Monday.

Switzer's race was immortalized in photos of then race director Jock Semple taking to the course in an attempt to take her bib number away and stop her from running, noted the Boston Globe.

Switzer captured the occasion with a video near the spot where Semple attempted to yank her off the course and posted it on her Facebook page.

"Suddenly, it all comes back to life," Switzer said in the video. "It's much earlier than I remember."

She also posted her finish on social media.

In 1967, Switzer finished in 4 hours, 20 minutes. On Monday wearing the same bib number 261, at 70 years old, Switzer finished in 4:44:31, noted the Globe.

"It was awesome out there," Switzer said, according to the Globe. "I just hope my good time today wasn't just because of the tailwind."

She described Monday's race as a "celebration," according to WBZ-TV.

"I can't thank the streets of Boston, I can't thank the (Boston Athletic Association) enough," Switzer told WBZ-TV. "If all of this happened in 50 years, imagine what is going to happen in the next 50 years."

Switzer took her experience in the 1967 Boston Marathon to start the 261 Foundation as a supportive community for women to connect and take control of their lives through the freedom of running, according to its website.

Switzer told WBZ-TV that 125 people ran with her to raise money for the foundation. She said that the 261 bib number also has been retired for the marathon.

"It's really fantastic and I'm really, really grateful for that," Switzer said of the recognition, noted WBZ-TV. "That's saying that this number really means something."

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