Published: Sat, April 21, 2018
Sport | By Ruben Hill

Boston Marathon weather was perfect storm for Desiree Linden

Boston Marathon weather was perfect storm for Desiree Linden

Desiree Linden wins the women's division of the Boston Marathon on Monday. But despite her rich history, her top-five finish was not necessarily expected.

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

"There was a ton of American pride on the line so it was just keeping our best people in the front", she added of why she helped Flanagan during the race.

Unlike most elite runners, Sarah works full time as a nurse and trains outside of her full-time work schedule. She's still being coached by Paul Pilkington, Weber State's women's track and field head coach.

"Many of those who watched the Boston Marathon", says The Washington Post, "had the same question Monday: Who in the world is Sarah Sellers?".

"She broke her foot her senior year in college... it took nearly three years for her to get healthy after that", said Pilkington.

"I think it's cool to show that sometimes, you can have a great day and things can pay off". Not when she was a standout runner at Weber State University in Ogden, Utah, where she grew up. She was crowned the Massachusetts State Champion while in high school.

Now, not only has she overcome incredible odds to complete one of the most challenging races in America, Shertenlieb has raised more than $36,000 to help fight cancer.

Sellers crossed the finish line in second place at the prestigious 26.2-mile race, in rain-soaked conditions, as a virtual unknown. That was more than four minutes better than second-place finisher Sarah Sellers, one of seven Americans in the top 10, but the slowest time for a women's victor since 1978. "I knew she was in good shape because her workouts were going so well", Pilkington said in a statement.

"I told myself, no matter what, I'm running down Boylston", Shertenlieb said.

"They said, this time we're going to nuke you and throw all these insane things that we haven't tried before".

Her finish is the best ever by a native of Utah at the Boston Marathon. On Wednesday, she will return to the health center to work a nursing shift, living the same life as she did before.

"Hold on, hold on!" her brother laughs.

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