Desiree Linden ( Mexican American) won this year’s Boston Marathon, making her the first American female to win the storied race since 1985. The 34-year-old runner finished the 26.2-mile race with a time of 2:39:54. The weather conditions were frigid and it rained throughout the race. She told reporters afterwards that she almost didn’t make it to the end.
“Early on in the race I was feeling horrible,” Desiree said in a news conference. She also said that she told fellow runner Shalane Flanagan that she might “drop out.” “If you need something, block the wind, whatever, let me know,” Linden recalls her words to Flanagan.
Right after the race, Linden said she was thrilled about winning, but was very exhausted.