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Sarah Sellers, Boston Marathon Runner-Up, a Virtual Unknown

20 April 2018

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On the fifth anniversary of the finish line explosions that killed three and wounded hundreds more, Linden became the first US woman to win since Lisa Larsen Weidenbach in 1985 - before the race began offering prize money that lured the top global competitors to town. "Her family is from Dubrovnik and we are going this summer", Daly concluded.

Sellers is a 26-year-old nurse from the USA who has only run one other marathon before, but she still managed to snap at Linden's heels for the entire 26.2-mile course of the Boston Marathon, ultimately finishing in a time of two hours, 44 minutes, four seconds. Linden's winning time - 2 hours, 39 minutes and 54 seconds - is the slowest time for a victor in the women's race since 1978, according to The Associated Press.

The victor of the 122nd Boston Marathon was Japanese runner Yuki Kawauchi (2:15:58).

So when she had to stop running the marathon Monday after about 15 miles of it, there was no doubt in her mind she was going to finish.

When the rain ended, she switched to some dry clothes and finished the race with Rich.

It was Kawauchi's fifth consecutive marathon victory after last year's Hofu Marathon in Japan, a New Year's Day marathon at Marshfield, Massachusetts, Japan's Kitakyushu Marathon and Taiwan's Wanjinshi Marathon.

Weather conditions nearly certainly played a factor during Monday's race, which took place during a rainy day in Boston. "I just made a decision to race as smart as I can and tried to conserve as much as I could and have as much as I could at the end", she told CBS Boston shortly after the race.

Instead, Linden finished in fourth, more than three minutes behind the victor, Kenya's Edna Kiplagat.

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It was uncharacteristic of Linden, an obsessive student of the sport.

"The mental anguish that comes around mile 18, or wherever, that didn't really seem to hit because there was just so much support", she said.

BOSTON (AP) - Desiree Linden thought she did everything right to prepare for last year's Boston Marathon: the training, the nutrition, the strategy, even how she slept. Her time was 24 seconds too slow. For her, fatigue was a mile-marker, and pushing it through was a performance goal.

But for one day, Sellers could say she was among the best. In 2017, she wasn't ready to retire, but the summer months slipped by and she still wasn't running.

Sellers, who finished 4:10 behind, is a full-time nurse who had to train before or after work - at 4 a.m. or 7 p.m.

She started mixing in shorter distances, and in October signed up for her first cross-country race in seven years. But to qualify, runners must run a marathon in under 2 hours, 45 minutes. "I've always said the 2014 race was epic, and it was, for obvious reasons". It was so cold and wet she couldn't even squeeze her water bottle.

MI resident and Team USA member, Desiree Linden made history when she completed the women's race in front of the pack. "I didn't see who it was I had passed". "Honestly, with Des, I hardly ever want flawless conditions".

She chose to run the 2018 Boston Marathon to raise money for the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

"It's hard to get down when you look on both sides of the street for the vast majority of the race and there's people yelling the entire time", Sellers grinned.

Sarah Sellers, Boston Marathon Runner-Up, a Virtual Unknown