It had been over three decades since an American woman won the Boston Marathon but that all changed on Monday, April 16 when Desiree Linden — a Latina by the way — made history by becoming the first American woman to win the marathon since Lisa Rainsberger in 1985. This is a huge deal not just for women — but for Latinas especially!
It was a hard day to run. The weather was nasty, filled with cold rain and powerful winds. And yet Linden still managed to run 26.2 miles through Boston in 2 hours, 39 minutes, and 54 seconds. According to The Associated Press, it was the slowest time for a winner in a women’s race since 1978. The poor weather conditions made it almost impossible but that didn’t stop Linden from putting in her all.
It was so cold, Linden was shivering by the time she made it to the finish line. “I don’t have the right words,” she told a team of reporters. “I’m thrilled, it’s supposed to be hard and I just want to thank John Hancock and the BAA for giving me the chance year after year and believing in me, sometimes when I didn’t believe in myself. It’s good to get it done.”
Linden kicked ass and as Latinas we could NOT be prouder! Here are a few fun facts we dug up on the Boston Marathon winner!
She’s such a team player.
Folks were stunned when she waited for her teammate Shalane Flanagan. Apparently Flanagan had made a quick toilet break 45 minutes into the race and Linden chose to wait for her. It was an unusual move on both their parts but admirable that Linden still waited.