"Obviously the conditions were the wild card that everyone got dealt, but I think it played to my advantage", Sellers said. "They all started flagging me to the right so I was like, 'Ok, got it.'" With the Japanese anthem playing at the finish line, the golden laurel wreath was placed upon Kawauchi's head as tears streamed down his face.
Linden, 34, thought about dropping out of the race midway because she was not drinking enough fluids and was afraid of getting cramps in her legs.
Cancer survivor Mary Shertenlieb wasn't about to let rain, wind or cold stop her.
William Evans: The 59-year-old Boston police commissioner ran his 20th Boston Marathon and 53rd overall, finishing in 4:21:54. She has made two U.S. Olympic teams for the marathon and says she plans on trying to make a third in 2020.
Linden's hope for American dominance in the women's field in the marathon went beyond her first-place finish.
In her second career marathon race, Sarah Sellers wasn't listed as one of the elite runners.
She explained that, because so many runners participated, "corrals" were created (with staggered start times) to ensure less foot traffic.
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.
Boston Marathon champion Des Linden was honored during Game 2 of the Milwaukee Bucks and Boston Celtics playoff game and received a standing ovation from the crowd.
"She said, 'well, my brother's running Boston and I want to beat him, '" Pilkington smiled. Her workload steadily increased, and as Linden explained to Runner's World, by October she was running daily and logging at least 90 miles per week.
This year's marathon marks five years since bombs exploded at the finish line, killing three people and wounding hundreds. She even posted a video on her Instagram account. "I'm thrilled. It's supposed to be hard".
Linden's time Monday was the slowest of any female victor since 1978 and ten minutes slower than her personal-best - 2:22:38 - from the 2011 Boston Marathon.
"When you work together, you never know what's going to happen", Linden told NBC Sports after the race.