Amer­i­can woman wins Bos­ton Marathon.

El Dorado News-Times - - Sports -

BOS­TON (AP) — Af­ter slog­ging through just a few miles of icy rain and a near-gale head­wind that made her feel like she was run­ning in place, De­siree Lin­den de­cided she'd seen enough of the Bos­ton Marathon for an­other year.

"My hands were freez­ing, and there are times where you were just stood up by the wind. It was com­i­cal how slow you were go­ing, and how far you still had to go," Lin­den said.

"At six miles I was think­ing, 'No way, this is not my day,'" she said. "Then you break the tape and you're like, 'This is not what I ex­pected to­day.'"

A two-time Olympian and the 2011 Bos­ton Marathon run­ner-up, Lin­den de­cided to stick around, out­last­ing the weather and the rest of the field to win the race's 122nd edi­tion on Mon­day in 2 hours, 39 min­utes, 54 sec­onds. That was more than four min­utes bet­ter than sec­ond-place fin­isher Sarah Sell­ers but the slow­est time for a women's win­ner in Bos­ton since 1978.

Yuki Kawauchi splashed through the pelt­ing rain, tem­per­a­tures in the mid-30s and wind that gusted as high as 32 mph 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.

Wear­ing a white wind­breaker that was drenched and bil­low­ing in the wind, Kirui slowed and stum­bled across the Co­p­ley Square fin­ish line in sec­ond, 2:25 back, fol­lowed by Shadrack Bi­wott and three other U.S. men. The win­ning time of 2:15:58 and was the slow­est since Jack Fultz over­came tem­per­a­tures in the high 90s to win the "Run for the Hoses" in 1976.

"For me, it's the best con­di­tions pos­si­ble," said Kawauchi, who com­peted in 12 marathons last year — six times the usual num­ber for an elite run­ner — and also works as a school ad­min­is­tra­tor.

Run­ners donned hats and ex­tra lay­ers, and the lead packs tried to draft off the me­dia truck to avoid the rain that was hit­ting them hor­i­zon­tally at times. Wheel­chair win­ners Mar­cel Hug of Switzer­land and Amer­i­can Tatyana Mc­Fad­den, both five-time champions, said they were un­able to see through the spray that spun off their wheels.

"It was just tough, it was so freez­ing," Hug said through chat­ter­ing teeth as a vol­un­teer draped a sec­ond towel around his shoul­ders. "I'm just very glad that I made it."

Mc­Fad­den said she wore two jack­ets, with plas­tic bags be­tween lay­ers to stay dry, and hand warm­ers against her chest. The wet roads made it treach­er­ous to turn and im­pos­si­ble to stop.

"I could start to feel my arms get­ting heavy just from all the rain soak­ing in," she said. "You can't put your brakes on right away, so you had to be te­dious on the turns. I couldn't even see be­cause the wind was so strong."

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