History made at Boston Marathon involving two Arizona women

People come from all over the world to race here and history was made at The 122nd Boston Marathon, arguably one of the most difficult to finish, yet a few Arizona people challenged themselves to do so.

Sarah Sellers, an unknown, unsponsored nurse from Tucson, Arizona, finished runner-up in her second marathon ever, overcoming cold weather with rain and winds up to 30 miles per hour. Her marathon time was 2:44.05, qualifying her for the 2020 U.S. Olympic Trials. Best yet … she paid $180 to sign up for the Boston Marathon and came in second, scooping $75,000 in prize money.

The overall womens’ winner is Two-time Olympian, Desiree Linden, an All-American during her Arizona State career. She became the first American woman to win the Boston Marathon in over 30 years. She won by more than four minutes in 2:39.54 for her first marathon victory.

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Jeff Kode

Jeff Kode has previously written articles for The Arizona Republic, as well as other publications including Echo Magazine and IONAZ Magazine. He is an enthusiastic movie lover, and enjoys discovering new music. He was previously on air middays with his own show The Sugar Rush, 6-9 am on The Morning Beat with Steve and Jeff, and can now be heard during the afternoon drive 3 to 5 pm at 88.7 The Pulse.