U.S. woman wins Bos­ton Marathon

The Maui News - - SPORTS - By JIMMY GOLEN

BOS­TON — 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 6 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. “I’m just very glad that I made it.”

On the fifth an­niver­sary of the fin­ish line ex­plo­sions that killed three and wounded hun­dreds more, Lin­den be­came the first U.S. woman to win since Lisa Larsen Wei­den­bach in 1985 — be­fore the race be­gan of­fer­ing prize money that lured the top in­ter­na­tional com­peti­tors to town.

AP photo

De­siree Lin­den of Wash­ing­ton, Mich., runs past the lo­ca­tion where one of the bombs ex­ploded dur­ing 2013 Bos­ton Marathon as she cel­e­brates af­ter win­ning the women’s race of the 122nd Bos­ton Marathon on Mon­day.

AP photo

Yuki Kawauchi of Japan, cel­e­brates af­ter win­ning the 122nd Bos­ton Marathon on Mon­day.

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