Boston Marathon: Amazing Athletes In Worst Possible Conditions - Amy Brooks

One thing is for sure, this 122nd installment of one of the world's greatest races, will go down as one unforgettable Boston Marathon.  It actually surprised me to hear that the weather hasn't been this terrible since 1984, which was the last time they cancelled the traditional Patriots Day Red Sox game.  Only, this year the Red Sox administration cancelled the game the DAY before!  In all my years as a Bostonian (all my life) I have never ever heard of that.  A testament to the beyond horrible conditions we are having this year, and an eye opener to how challenging today is for these runners and wheel chair competitors...

Here are some updates:

12:20 p.m. ET: Winner men's elite runners: Yuki Kawauchi of Japan. Yuki overcame 2017 winner Geoffrey Kirui in the final 3 miles to become the first Japanese winner since 1987, closing hard in the final two miles to earn the biggest accomplishment of his running career.  Congratulations!

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Yuki Kawauchi (JPN) is the winner of the 2018 Men's #BostonMarathon! #Boston2018

12:15 p.m. ET: Winner women's elite runners: American Des Linden!  When she was less than 3 miles to go, people were running out of their houses to see her come down the stretch!  She has never won a marathon, she has never broken the tape...and to do it in Boston is all that much sweeter.  She is the first American woman to win the in 33 years. The Africans admitted in this weather the Americans had the advantage becaue if it rains where they live, they skip their outdoor training! In which case, perhaps wind and rain ain't so bad after all.  Final time: 2:39:53  INCREDIBLE!!

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SHE DID IT! @des_linden???????? has won #Boston2018????! She is the first American woman to win the #BostonMarathon since 1985.

11:17 a.m. ET: Still not much separation as the men cross the halfway mark of their race. Galen Rupp remains in the lead pack, and this remains anyone’s race among the elites.

11:09 a.m. ET: American Tatyana McFadden overcame blood clots to win her fifth push rim women’s title with a 2:04:39 time, her slowest in 30 yrs.

 

11:05 a.m. ET: It's ground-level video today, because today’s awful weather has grounded NBC’s aerial coverage.
10:50 a.m. ET: Swiss Paralympian Marcel Hug has won the men’s push rim wheelchair race, and it wasn’t even close. NBC doesn’t have anyone else even in frame as he cruises past the finish line