BOSTON, Ma (WAGM) - It was not a nice day for a 26 mile run from Hopkinton to Boston, but thousands of people still competed in the Boston Marathon. A field of 30,000 runners fought drenching rain, temperatures in the mid-30's and gusts of up to 32 mph on the 26.2-mile trek from Hopkinton to Copley Square.
Desiree Linden splashed her way through icy rain and a near-gale headwind to a Boston Marathon victory on Monday, the first American woman to win the race since 1985.
The two-time Olympian and 2011 Boston runner-up pulled away at the end of Heartbreak Hill and ran alone through Brookline to finish in an unofficial time of 2 hours, 39 minutes, 54 seconds. That's the slowest time for a women's winner since 1978.
St Agatha native Tracy Guerrette who went out with the elite runners did very well she finished the race in 2 hours 54 minutes and two seconds. This was her fastest Boston Marathon. She was the 25th woman to finish and was 22nd in her age division. She placed 918th overall.
Louise Connely of Edmundston finished in 3:45 07.
Japanese runner Yuki Kawauchi surged late to win men's Boston Marathon in an unofficial time of 2 hours, 15 minutes and 58 seconds.
Kawauchi is the first Japanese man to win the Boston Marathon since 1987.
Doug Tingley of Oakland, New Brunswick finished in 3:36:26.