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Monday’s Morning Mashup: Meb Keflezighi to run final Boston Marathon; First woman to run Boston Marathon running again 50 years later

04.17.17 at 10:23 am ET

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Boston Marathon, 9 a.m. (CBS, NBCSN)
MLB: Tampa Bay at Boston, 11:05 a.m. (NESN)
MLB: Pittsburgh at St. Louis, 7:15 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: Indiana at Cleveland, 7 p.m. (TNT)
NBA: Memphis at San Antonio, 9:30 p.m. (TNT)
NHL: Ottawa at Boston, 7 p.m. (CNBC, NESN)
NHL: Washington at Toronto, 7 p.m. (NBCSN)
NHL: Chicago at Nashville, 9:30 p.m. (CNBC)
NHL: Anaheim at Calgary, 10 p.m. (NBCSN)


— Meb Keflezighi, Olympic runner and winner of the 2014 Boston Marathon, will run his final Boston Marathon on Monday.

“People say, ‘Why stop? You’re still at a high level.’ But it takes a lot out of you,” the 41 year-old said. “I had the best job in the world for a long, long time.”

Keflezighi became the first American to win Boston in 31 years in 2014, one year after the Boston Marathon Bombing. He wore the names of the bombing victims on his bib and and crossed the finish line to chants of “U-S-A!”

He is a four-time Olympian and won the 2009 New York City Marathon. After the 121st Boston Marathon, Keflezighi plans to run one more New York marathon before he retires from racing.

— Kathrine Switzer, the first woman to officially run the Boston Marathon, will run the 121st Boston Marathon on Monday 50 years after her groundbreaking run.

She will wear the same bib number officials attempted to rip off her in the 1967 race when women were not allowed to participate. As a 20 year-old journalism student at Syracuse University, Switzer signed up for the race using her initials, K.V. Switzer, and said there were no official rules stating women could not run and there was no option on the registration form to select gender.

During the race, the event’s director ran onto the course, pushed her and said, “Get the hell out of my race and give me those numbers!” Switzer continued the race and finished in four hours and 20 minutes but was disqualified and expelled from the Amateur Athletic Union.

She has since run 39 marathons. The Boston Marathon plans to retire Switzer’s bib number 261 after Monday’s race.

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “He’s an amazing, amazing player. Amazing person.” — Brad Stevens, on Isaiah Thomas playing in the Celtics’ playoff Game 1 against the Bulls one day after the death of his sister