Woman Who Came Second In Boston Marathon Is A Complete Novice

Florence Fletcher
April 20, 2018

Miraculously, it worked, and the cancer survivor made a decision to run the 2018 Boston Marathon to raise money for the cancer institute she credits with saving her life.

In Copley Square, Crowds only partly thinned and muffled by the weather greeted Linden with chants of "U-S-A!" Linden won the slowest Boston since 1978.

Sellers is now the first Utah native to win the marathon. She was a "standout runner" as a student, says the Post, but Boston was only the second marathon she has ever run.

"Everyone is looking for that 1 percent". But American Desiree Linden pushed her way through a powerful headwind and cold rain and up Heartbreak Hill to triumph at the Boston Marathon - the first time a USA woman has won in 33 years.

"The poor weather certainly didn't help", she said. She was also twice named as the Weber State Female Athlete of the Year.

Shortly after midnight, she crossed the finish line.

But the East Africans who have dominated the professional era of the race had their worst performance in decades. There's certainly no shame in a top-5 finish at the one of the world's toughest distance races, but Linden's disappointment was tinged with fatigue. "Seko's win was the year I was born", Kawauchi noted after the race, "so I can't help but see the hand of fate". "Honestly, with Des, I hardly ever want ideal conditions".

Linden, who finished second by 2 seconds in Boston in 2011, held on Monday to break the soggy tape on Boylston Street in 2 hours, 39 minutes, 54 seconds, the slowest women's race in 40 years.

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Yuki Kawauchi splashed through the pelting rain, temperatures in the mid-30s and wind that gusted as high as 32 miles per hour to win the men's race, passing defending champion Geoffrey Kirui in Kenmore Square to earn Japan's first Boston title since 1987 and the $150,000 first prize.

"2018 might be 'Run for Shelter", race director Dave McGillivray said, also comparing it to the year after the finish line explosions.

Five months later, she found herself back in Boston, a course she loves and with conditions she preferred. But yesterday's race was epic, too.

In her all her races since 2012, Linden has become a master tactician with her approach to the marathon. 27,048 runners crossed the starting line.

"It's supposed to be hard", Linden told reporters after her victory, shivering with a laurel wreath atop her head. "No matter what the conditions". In November, other elite runners lined up for the New York City Marathon. She will sometimes stick to a selected pace and become a human metronome all the way to the finish, with her first and second halves looking nearly identical.

After all, she has faced cancer three different times.

"That's why we race", Linden said.

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