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121st Boston Marathon is Meb's last run, Rupp's first

"I wasn't there to prove anything", she said (via the Boston Globe).

But a tailwind gusting up to 30 miles per hour could mean fast times, at least among the elite runners who should finish before the hottest part of the day.

Galen Rupp, America's bronze medalist, will be running Boston for the first time.

WARM AND FUZZYThe honors won't end for the winners on Monday: A guide dog training center in NY will name two puppies from a litter expected during the race after the men's and women's champions. The straight-line Boston course doesn't qualify for world records because of the possibility of a supportive tailwind like the one on Monday.

Today, at 70 years old, Switzer is running with the same bib number she wore 50 years ago, No. 261, and when she crosses the finish line, the Boston Marathon will retire it in recognition of her contribution to women's sports.

Kenyan runners swept the Boston Marathon on Monday, with Edna Kiplagat winning the women's title and Geoffrey Kirui taking the men's race.

"The wind is so important", Hug said.

Keflezighi, who turns 42 on May 5, is set to retire after this year's NY marathon, but did not rule out a future Boston run as an amateur. "Everything was fantastic today". He plans to run the New York Marathon, which he won in 2009, one last time in the fall before retiring. It was 69 and warming at the halfway point in Wellesley and expected to be up to 72 degrees by the time the runners reached the finish in Boston's Back Bay.

Also running on Monday was Ben Beach, who completed the race for an unprecedented 50th time in a row. Her two-year training regimen included participating in Woodstock Vermont's Hundred Mile Equestrian Race as its first and ONLY runner. Fellow Swiss Marcel Hug took the men's race in 1:18:04, also the fastest time ever.

Security was high along the course, that begins in Hopkinton, Massachusetts, and passes through Boston's suburbs to the finish line on Boylston Street, where a pair of ethnic Chechen brothers in 2013 set off two homemade bombs, killing three people and injuring more than 200.

Briggs then entered himself and Switzer - who registered as K.V. Switzer - in the 1967 Boston Marathon.

Jimmy Golen has covered the Boston Marathon since 1995.

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