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    • Chris
      Chris MacAskill

      Wait, what? All respect to 34-year-old Desiree Linden, who placed as high as second at Boston way back in 2011, but...she was running with Shalane Flanagan, one of the favorites, when Shalane had to stop at the porta-potty.

      Desiree waited for her because she felt she was going to drop out soon anyway, and helped her get back up to the pack. And then...DESIREE WENT ON TO WIN!

      On her Twitter feed last month, she wrote:

      "Some days it just flows and I feel like Iโ€™m born to do this, other days it feels like Iโ€™m trudging through hell. Every day I make the choice to show up and see what Iโ€™ve got, and to try and be better.

      My advice: keep showing up."

      https://www.boston.com/sports/boston-marathon/2018/04/16/des-linden-shalane-flanagan-detour

    • flei

      I watched it and it was a crazy race! The weather was incredibly sucky, with sub 40F rain! Linden's win was just great, and so was the win by Yuki Kawauchi, who is an amature runner (who runs a marathon each month!). Also amazing was the fact that USA runners accounted for 8 of the first 10 men and 7 of the first 10 women. A lot of "firsts" that no one would have ever predicted. Really fun to watch all the "upsets"!

    • Denise

      I'm in awe of those who finished in today's really awful weather. It's been raining hard all day with temps edging into the 40s (F) with wind chill still driving it into the 30s.

      Loved Desiree Linden's stop with Shalene Flanagan and still going on to win. And did you see the story of the 2nd place woman who apparently didn't expect her finish status - https://tinyurl.com/ybvt89ml.

    • Chris
      Chris MacAskill

      That's amazing, Denise! I'm in disbeliefโ€”like Sarah is and everyone else, apparently. She's never done anything notable in running, she works full time, this is only her second marathon. But she did think she was fast enough to win some prize money.

      It reminds me of snowboarder Esta Ledecka, who borrowed someone's skis and was shocked to come across the line in gold medal position in the Super G. Although, in that case, she is a world-class snowboarder. Sarah is just an unknown amateur runner.

    • giberti

      Sarah is just an unknown amateur runner.

      Not anymore! What an amazing story!

    • gorudy

      Keep showing up. I love this. So simple.

    • SBean

      I loved seeing the clips of her winning. And in such awful weather too. Everyone that ran the Boston Marathon this year gets incredible props for sticking with it in such awful conditions. I watched her miss winning in 2011 by just 2 seconds and it was heart breaking.

    • SBean

      What a great story from the second place finisher! I love how Chris said it, "But she did think that she was fast enough to win some prize money." You have to love it when you find someone who is incredibly talented but who honestly doesn't seem to recognize their own excellence.

    • kikoteixeira

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    • slamdunk406

      Awesome! I totally forgot Boston was this past Monday.

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