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She completed the 26.2 mile course in 2 hours, 45 minutes, 23 seconds (6:13/mile), which was good enough for 313th place overall. She told CBS Boston the race's other athletes were extremely supportive of her following the win. In the wet and windy conditions, Sellers wore a nondescript outfit, with no visible sponsors, and crossed the finish line by simply clicking the timer on her watch. I don't want to take anything away from Desiree Linden's spectacular and gutsy win in the women's race, but another race was happening at the same time that WBZ ignored nearly completely.

Chichester, who resides in Brooklyn as a nurse practitioner, finished as the No. 4 US woman after Desiree Liden of MI became the first American to win the women's division since 1985. But despite her rich history, her top-five finish was not necessarily expected. "Kudos to them because everyone worked extremely hard to get here, and I feel like an outsider because its my second race, and I have no credentials", she said, "but they've all been so supportive and that was really cool".

You can read the full Boston Globe story on Sarah Callister Sellers here.

Her first marathon was the Huntsville Marathon in Utah, which she casually came in first place.

Yuki Kawauchi passed defending champion Geoffrey Kirui in Kenmore Square to win the men's race in an unofficial 2:15:58 and earn Japan's first Boston Marathon title since 1987.

"She said, 'well, my brother's running Boston and I want to beat him, '" Pilkington smiled.

So Mary stopped at 4 p.m.in Wellesley.

Over the last few months, Sellers mainly trained by herself, running six days a week and up to 100 miles. She was a nine-time Big Sky champion during her career at Weber State from 2009-13.




Instead of speeding ahead, Linden slowed down so she could help Flanagan back into the leaders' pack.

"Obviously the conditions were the wild card that everyone got dealt, but I think it played to my advantage", Sellers said. "They're in a different league than me". Penwell ran a personal record of 2:55:01, according to the association.

A Kenya native and American citizen, Biwott spent his high school and early college years in Albuquerque, N.M., before becoming an All-American at the University of OR in Eugene, aka TrackTown USA.

The other top five ME women were Heather Eaton, 25, of Gray (3:20:30, 864th) and Renee Durgin, 44, from Scarborough (3:22:18, 1,005th) followed by Johanna Stickney from Gardiner (3:26:46, 1,456th) and Karen Fogg from York (3:27:45, 1,572nd).

She has a golden retriever named Boston, and had another named Miles who died a year ago.

"I'm so happy she just stuck with it", Flanagan said of Linden.

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


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