The 1980 men?s race was won by legend Bill Rodgers; it was his fourth Boston Marathon victory? In a 2006 piece in the Orlando Sentinel, columnist Dave Darling reported that many people believe Ruiz never intended to win the marathon, but was simply trying to look good to her New York employers, who had sent her to the race believing her claims that she was an expert runner. According to Darling, ?Most believe Ruiz meant to hop into the middle of the pack in an attempt to cross the finish line at Prudential Plaza. But she miscalculated, jumped to the front of the women?s pack and ended up winning?? She was also known as Rosie M. Vivas.
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