In 2018 women continue to make waves with their achievements. Over the weekend, American runner, Desi Linden crushed the 2018 Boston Marathon being the first woman since 1985 to win the race. And not only that, 7 U.S. women finished in the top 10 of the epic race, including female runner Shalane Flanagan, who was favored to win but placed 6th.
In record cold temperatures and torrential rain, 34-year-old Linden and six other female runners, rose to the occasion and persisted where men could not. Linden’s professionalism and endurance was front and center of her big win.
She waited for fellow American runner and her Olympics teammate Shalane Flanagan to use the bathroom, then caught back up to the pack, and still decimated an unforgiving race with an unofficial time of 2:39:54 (more than four minutes ahead of everyone else).
According to the Wall Street Journal, Linden told NBC, “Honestly, at miles two, three, four, I didn’t even feel like I was going to make it to the finish. ‘If there’s anything I can do to help you out, let me know, because I might drop out.’”
Linden is the first U.S. woman to win the race since Lisa Larsen Weidenbach did it 33 years ago and she did it even though she thought she couldn’t finish. Linden’s win is a personal triumph in an age where women’s achievements are oftentimes overlooked.
Congrats to Desi Linden, may her name forever be etched in the minds of women everywhere who thought they’d have to give up because the odds against them were insurmountable.