BOSTON – For the first time in more than 3 decades, an American woman has won the Boston Marathon.
Des Linden, who first ran the Boston course in 2007 and finished second in 2011, won the 122nd Boston Marathon today in 2:39.54.
The last time an American woman won was in 1985 when Lisa Larsen-Weidenbach won.
Linden, who hails from Michigan, won the race in some of the worst conditions in race history. It was 38 degrees at the start of the race. And she faces rain and wind from the east throughout the course.
The conditions were so bad, she considered dropping out in Framingham around mile 6, but stuck with the race.
Her time was one of the slowest for a woman in the 26.2-mile course in about four decades.
Petroni Media Company photos from the course in Framingham near Winter Street.