Top Americans In Boston Marathon Both Michiganders
The 119th Boston Marathon was held throughout the streets of Greater Beantown today. The Patriots' Day tradition was finished in 2 hours, 9 minutes, 17 seconds by Ethiopia's Lelisa Desisa, the first man to cross today's finish line. The first woman to finish was Kenya's Caroline Rotich who finished in 2 hours, 24 minutes, 55 seconds. It was Desisa's second top finish. He had the fastest time in the tragedy stricken race of 2013.
The top two U.S. finishers in today's event are both from Michigan. 31-year-old Desiree Linden of Rochester Hills was the first American woman to cross the line, doing so in 2:25:39. According to this article in The Detroit News, Linden, an olympian, had a long road to recovery after a serious hip injury.
Dathan Ritzenhein of Rockford was the top American male finisher, coming in seventh in just over 2 hours, 11 minutes.