As the years went on she advocated for women to be admitted as full competitors - and kept running more and more marathons.
The BBC reports that Switzer has now taken part in the marathon nine times in total, and has won the NY marathon.
From Hopkinton, where Hasay took her first marathon steps, to the final stretches on raucous Boylston Street, the California native's late loved one was with her every step of the way. I realized I wasn't going to get a good pace.
"I'm drinking a beer and I'm limping", Murray told WBZ-TV's Breana Pitts as she walked Heartbreak Hill during Monday's race. Women were not technically barred from competing and had run in the race without bibs, ABC News reports, but it had been assumed that women were not capable of running that distance.
Spitzer said her return to the race in 2017 was a way to, "celebrate the fact, first of all, that I can run - that I'm capable of doing it, amazingly enough, and I'm very, very grateful for that".
It is four years now since the Boston Marathon Bombing, which left three people dead and injured hundreds of others.
Keflezighi, 41, said he plans to enter the New York Marathon, which he won in 2009, one last time in the fall before retiring.
This year, Sanchez ran the entire race holding an American flag on his shoulder.
Kiplagat, the 2011 and 2013 IAAF World Champion in the marathon, finished with a time of 2:21:52. It is also about those who give this race its soul.
Earlier Monday, city officials announced plans for memorials to mark the sites where two bombs exploded during the 2013 race.
"If I can come back", he said, "everyone can".