Wounded veteran carries woman across finish line at Boston Marathon

Geoffrey Kirui won the men's 2017 Boston Marathon

Geoffrey Kirui won the men's 2017 Boston Marathon

A retired Marine who lost his leg in combat is inspiring the nation by completing the Boston Marathon while carrying the flag that helped him get through his recovery.

Monday, bib number 17144 crossed the finish line thinking of the woman who came before her, and the ones that run alongside her.

Carlson finished with a time of 3 hours and 55 minutes, which is good enough to qualify her for next year's race.

Army Staff Sergeant Earl Granville is receiving a ton of attention, and rightfully so, for what he did during the Boston Marathon on Monday.

The longest distance women were allowed to run in the Olympics at that time was 800 meters.

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.

" 'You'll never have children, ' they said".

When Switzer ran in 1967, she was 20, and entered as "K.V. Switzer" - so none of the race organizers would know she was a woman. This Syracuse coed secretly registered as kv Switzer to hide her gender.

Carlson ran 26.2 miles in honor of 261, the bib number Switzer wore on that historic day.

"I turned to Arnie and said, 'I'm going to finish this race on my hands and my knees if I have to, '" she said.

"It's not for me, it's for others to be inspired, to be motivated", he said after he completed the race. But today, women have their own starting line and are regular participants in a race that once kept them locked out.

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

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