Cancer Survivor Mary Shertenlieb Finishes Boston Marathon After Midnight

Ross Houston
April 19, 2018

When preparing for the 2016 Olympics in Rio, Linden said she trained on a treadmill for an hour at 89 degrees and 75 percent humidity - conditions that simulated the weather in Brazil over the summer.

"Early on the race I was feeling terrible and I nudged her (Shalane Flanagan) and said "I might drop out".

Chichester, who resides in Brooklyn as a nurse practitioner, finished as the No. 4 USA woman after Desiree Liden of MI became the first American to win the women's division since 1985.

Kawauchi became the first Japanese men's victor at Boston since Toshihiko Seko captured his second title in 1987 and the eighth Japanese man to win the race. When she crossed the finish line several miles later, there were no other runners in sight. The winning time of 2:15:58 and was the slowest since Jack Fultz overcame temperatures in the high 90s to win the "Run for the Hoses" in 1976.


It's a race she ran with her father, John, who's run at Boston six times and helped her train for this year's event. Defending champions Geoffrey Kirui and Edna Kiplagat finished second and ninth but were the only Kenyans to crack the top 10 in their races - the country's worst performance in decades.

After years of trying, Linden said she's finally gotten her fairytale ending.

"It was just tough, it was so freezing", Hug said through chattering teeth as a volunteer draped a second towel around his shoulders. Like, whatever the day gave me, just show up.

"She said, 'Bring on the weather. I ran by feel", she said. "You can't put your brakes on right away, so you had to be tedious on the turns".


"I didn't even look at my watch".

Linden is no stranger to athletic success - she was the first US woman in 40 years to win the New York City Marathon in 2017 - and she's come a long way since her days as a Hilltop High School student in Chula Vista. After all, Kawauchi beat her to the finish, and the male victor usually finishes about 15 minutes after the female victor in real time due to the staggered starts. "I did a lot of running training for soccer and then after soccer was over, it was like 'OK, what's next?'" she said. "That sprint battle is not super fun". Flanagan teamed up with Linden, who waited for Flanagan during her "break", and joined the back of the pack just as Daska made her decisive early surge. "It took me an hour to believe she was a girl".

"And it turned out I was in third, and I thought, 'Well, I probably shouldn't drop out", said Linden, who also earned $150,000.

"I honestly had no expectations in terms of finishing time in those conditions", said Utah runner Sarah Sellers.


Sellers attended Weber State, where she was a standout track and field and cross-country runner from 2009 to 2012. Krista Duchene (CAN) 2:44:20, 4.

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