Local runners represent Grand Forks at Boston marathon

Local runners represent Grand Forks at Boston marathon

Monday, April 16, brought less-than-optimal conditions at the Boston Marathon, and proved that running into the wind, coupled with a cold, rainy course, can wreak havoc on the most elite marathoner's times. 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. She won Monday's Boston Marathon on desire - years and years of it layered over talent and discipline and resilience.

Click an image below for larger version. "If it hadn't been hard", she said, "it probably wouldn't mean as much".

"It was tough conditions and everyone was kind of hurting", Linden said.

The nurse told United States media that she only signed up for Monday's event because her younger brother was participating.

She credited Linden with keeping her in the race.

"She talked about it and said, 'Hey, I'm going to jump in there, ' and I said, 'I'll try and help you back and block the wind, '" she said, referring to position herself between Flanagan and the strong gusts.

Linden, who hails from MI, won the race in some of the worst conditions in race history.

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One of the highlights was that the women's race was won by an American.

McFadden, who went to the University of IL, said she wore two jackets - with plastic bags between layers to try to stay dry - and hand warmers against her chest. Twenty-six point two might be a nice sticker to put on the back of a Subaru, but it doesn't come close to illustrating the training miles, the years of preparations, the injuries and setbacks and all the times that the starting line felt as far away as the finish.

"Busted!" her husband Blake said in the background.

Sarah Sellers, the Boston Marathon runner-up, was virtually an unknown athlete right up until the point that she raced through the finish line minutes behind the victor. "Obviously, I'm not going to over-indulge the day before a big workout or long run, but if I feel like a drink after a long day I'll go for it". But during the race, my dream changed from winning to surviving and just making it to the end, which I did-and I'm really proud of that.

Runners are arriving in Hopkinton and trying to stay dry as they await the start of the Boston Marathon.

Despite preparing to the best of her abilities, Flanagan says her body struggled to fearless through the abnormal spring weather.