Runners try to stay dry at start of 122nd Boston Marathon

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"In the Boston Marathon's 122-year history, one will be hard pressed to find a more accomplished American field than the one John Hancock has established for 2018", said Tom Grilk, CEO of the Boston Athletic Association.

Japan's Yuki Kawauchi was the shock victor of the men's race in an unofficial 2:15:58 (slowest winning time since 1976).

In the women's race, Kenya missed out on the podium as United States' Desiree Linden became the first American since 1985 to win the race, clocking 2:39:54.

The 122nd Boston Marathon will be run amidst rain showers and whipping headwinds. "Helping her helped me and kind of got my legs back from there".

Monday's 26.2-mile race begins at 8:30 a.m. ET and will be broadcast nationally by NBCSN, with local coverage on CBS WBZ-TV in Boston.

Jordan Hasay, third in Boston past year and the second-fastest USA female marathon runner all time, withdrew on the eve of the race with a stress reaction in her heel.

Last week, Bolton told a reporter that the pro Kenyan runner "definitely came to win" just as she had in 2015.

After his win in Boston a year ago, he was selected to represent Kenya in the World Championships in London where he bagged gold.

Some like Karin George of Florence, who has completed over 60 marathons in her career - a dozen of which were in Boston - told Western Mass News that in weather like this, you shouldn't wear more, but rather less.

Edna Kiplagat of Kenya won last year's race with a time of 2:21:52. And she even got in a reference to Boston's most famous fictional bar: Cheers. American Sarah Sellers was a distant second in 2:44:04 with Canada's Krista Duchene third, another 16 seconds adrift.

This isn't the first time that runners have dealt with tough weather.

A field of 30,000 runners fought drenching rain, temperatures in the mid-30s and gusts of up to 32 miles per hour on the 26.2-mile trek from Hopkinton to Copley Square. I ran my own race and I ran him down.

After the 20 mile mark and running up the famous heartbreak hill, Chesir had reduced the gap on Daska to 14 seconds, with 2017's fourth-place Boston finisher Linden still on their heels. Seven different American women finished in the top 10.