Local runners fight the rain to race Boston Marathon

Joseph D. Sullivan for The Boston Globe
Alex Schneider and Jamie Schneider

This for a woman who didn't break 16 minutes for 5000m in college and ran 2:44:56 in her marathon debut in Boston in 2007. So Flanagan took Linden up on the offer and told her that she needed to stop at an upcoming port-a-potty.

DOOLING: A volunteer at the medical tent at the top of the hill says she's watching out for signs of hypothermia. "This race proves that we never know what can happen in marathon", Kawauchi said. "Did I miss somebody?" said Pilkington, who continues to coach Sellers from long distance, giving her advice on training routines and schedules. My shoes were soaked and my toes almost numb as I took a seat on the bus. Flanagan finished seventh, Huddle hobbled to 14th and Hasay scratched from the race the day before due to a stress reaction in her heel.

Kirui removed his gloves after 85 minutes then pulled away from the lead pack over a 400-meter span only to falter just ahead of the finish. "It felt like home and made it slightly easier for me than other people". Despite running through snow and freezing rain, he mostly hit his five-hour targets in his first two marathons, before taking it slower and walking a few miles during the third early Monday.

Fear took over for Linden, as she still didn't expect to win. "I kept running. Then, the building in front of me explodes".

"When I made the right on Hereford [Street], I thought, 'This is happening, this is for real'".

It was never Desi Linden's day. She tried to gauge her lead by the reaction of the crowd. On a tough day like this, Kirui said he did his best and for that he was happy. She ran it in a personal best 2:22:38. For Teaford, she was racing Boston for the second time. "She has knocked at the door of Boston year after year, and we are humbled and thrilled with her persistence". Boston was Kawauchi's fourth marathon - and fourth win - this year, The New York Times reports.

While in high school, she was known by her maiden name, Davila, the Times of San Diego reported, and graduated in 2001.

She completed the race in 3:26.46, maintaining a pace between seven and a half and eight minutes per mile for most of the course.

"This is hands down the biggest day in my running career and if it hadn't been hard I don't think it would mean as much. Even though the volume goes up with what we have to do, it's much easier to warm somebody up". "Helping her helped me and kind of got my legs back from there". Abby Samuelson, now living in Portland, Oregon, ran 3:15:42. In 2011, I was the American favorite, but as she passed me, she encouraged me to keep going. We saw lots of people out there on the course.

Shame probably isn't the right word. When am I going to get chewed up and spit out the back and then I can drop out... He is Japan's first Boston Marathon victor since 1987. Kawauchi had run a sub-zero race - the Marshfield Marathon in MA - in January, and after the Boston race, he said, "For me, these are the best conditions possible".

HADLEY GREEN/Staff photo Desiree Linden of MI wins the 122nd Boston Marathon in the elite women's division. "Once I was out there I went with my planned pace".

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