Handful of locals participating in Boston Marathon

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Driscoll won the famed race eight times, with her last triumph happening in 2000.

"For me, these are the best conditions possible", Kawauchi said jokingly, according to the Boston Marathon's Twitter account. He said folks are a little distraught over the weather but they knew it was going to be raining, and he's looking forward to working together with the other runners to accomplish their goals. In fact, Linden might have given up without Flanagan. She finished second (2:222.38) in 2011, just two seconds behind Caroline Kilel. She said she's "just trying to take it in stride" but she has lost hope of getting a good time. "Helping her helped me and I kind of got my legs back from there".

Linden has been the dominant American runner on the Boston course in this century.

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Desiree Linden splashed her way through icy rain and a near-gale headwind to win the Boston Marathon on Monday, the first victory for an American woman since 1985. Kirui slowed and stumbled across the Copley Square finish line 2:25 later, followed by Shadrack Biwott and three other USA men.

Linden, a MI resident who lives and trains in Rochester Hills with the Hansons-Brooks Distance Project, won her first major marathon race.

The 122nd Boston Marathon takes place today five years after bombs were set off at the finish line of the race. "I ran my own race and I ran him down".

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