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On the cold, windy and rainy day that was one of the worst in recent history for the running of the Boston Marathon, Desiree Linden became the first American woman to win the race with a time of 2 hours, 39 minutes, 54 seconds.

On the men’s side, Yuki Kawauchi was the winner, with a time of 2:15:58.
KC's View:
I do want to circle back on last Friday’s Eye-Opener, which was about Tim Don, who last October suffered a “hangman’s fracture” of the neck when he was hit by a car, and then went through enormous pain as he struggled to get back to running and competing. (The story is really worth reading - it is extraordinary.)

Tim Don ran in Boston yesterday. And finished, with a time of 2:49:42.

A reminder: He was hoping to be able to do a 2:50.

I’ve run two Marine Corps Marathons in my life - in 2001 and 2004. My first time was 5:35:29, and my second was 5:29:03.

I cannot even imagine the level of Don’s achievement, and the depth of character it took.