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The Dick Beardsley Half Marathon ­gets underway Saturday morning.

Inspirational run: Switzer gets hundreds pumped up for annual Beardsley

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Forty-three years ago, Kathrine Switzer did something no other woman had done before -- she signed up for the Boston Marathon.

Her gutsy decision led to a violent move by the race director, who after being mocked for letting a woman sign up for the event, attacked her, ripped off her number and told her to "get da hell outta here."

But she didn't.

"I'm gonna finish this race on my hands and knees if I have to," Switzer recalled thinking.

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