Desiree (Desi) Linden, a two-time Olympian, battled the rain and wind to win the 122nd running of the storied race.
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Kirui took second place in 2:18.23 with American Shadrack Biwott third in 2:18:35. American Tatyana McFadden, won the women's wheelchair race for the fifth time, wore two jackets, with a layer of plastic between them and hand warmers against her chest. Linden, a California native who lives in MI, almost ended the drought in 2011 when she was outkicked down Boylston Street and finished second by 2 seconds during yet another Kenyan sweep. Linden gave fist pumps and blew kisses as she crossed the finish line. "I told (Flanagan) in the race, I said, 'If there's anything I can do to help you out, let me know because I might just drop out.' When you work together, you never know what's going to happen. Helping her helped me and kind of got my legs back from there".
Indeed. Despite Mamitu Daska of Ethiopia holding a strong lead at the 30-kilometer mark, Linden reeled her in through a hilly portion of the course.