Michigan's Desiree Linden won the 2018 Boston Marathon on Monday, becoming the first American woman to do so since 1985.
Her unofficial time was 2 hours, 39 minutes, 54 seconds. That's the slowest time for a women's winner since 1978, the AP reports. The icy and rainy conditions on the Boston streets are to blame for that.
Linden trains in Rochester Hills with Hansons-Brooks running team. She lives in Macomb County's Washington Township.
This was the sixth time Linden competed in the Boston Marathon. She finished in second place by just two seconds in 2011. She also came in fourth place last year.
"Des represents everything good about our community," said Rochester Hills Mayor Bryan K. Barnett. "We couldn't be more proud of her. She's a determined and accomplished athlete, an Olympian, and now the first American woman to win the Boston Marathon in 33 years. She never gives up."
Linden's last post to Twitter was on March 5 -- a #MondayMotivation post:
Some days it just flows and I feel like I’m born to do this, other days it feels like I’m trudging through hell. Every day I make the choice to show up and see what I’ve got, and to try and be better.
My advice: keep showing up.#MondayMotivaton #TogetherForward — des_linden (@des_linden) March 5, 2018
She clearly had more than enough motivation on this rainy Monday in Boston.
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