122nd Boston Marathon

Braving the Wicked Weather at the Boston Marathon

A race only a runner could love.

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Even on a perfect spring day, the Boston Marathon is already one of the toughest distance races in the world: 26.2 grueling miles of rolling hills between the start in Hopkinton, Massachusetts to the finish on Boylston Street in Boston. When the weather is bad, it can be downright cruel. This year’s installment of the famed marathon was marked by some of the most horrific racing conditions in decades, unleashing freezing temperatures with icy rain and 30-mph headwinds. What a day for a jog!

Soggy Start Boston Globe via Getty Images Soggy Start The 122nd Boston Marathon kicked off with wet and cold conditions that would wreak havoc on runners all day. Swiss Splash Boston Globe via Getty Images Swiss Splash Marcel Hug of Switzerland raced to his fourth consecutive men's wheelchair victory. Space Available Boston Globe via Getty Images Space Available The normally packed crowd along the rails at Heartbreak Hill was thinned out, and covered up. No Rain, No Game Boston Globe via Getty Images No Rain, No Game The elite women weave through Wellesley in a downpour. Drenched in History Boston Globe via Getty Images Drenched in History Desi Linden became the first American woman to win the Boston Marathon since 1985. Best Seats in the House RYAN MCBRIDE/AFP/Getty Images Best Seats in the House Fans find cover while cheering on the finishers. Front Runner Boston Globe via Getty Images Front Runner The stormy weather couldn't stop Japan's Yuki Kawauchi from winning his first major marathon title. Mebbing the Tide Boston Globe via Getty Images Mebbing the Tide 42-year-old former champion Meb Keflezighi ran in honor of the memory of 8-year-old Martin Richard, one of three people killed in the 2013 bombings. Helter Shelter Boston Globe via Getty Images Helter Shelter Runners were able to warm up in buildings along the course, like Christ Church in Wellesley,
122nd Boston Marathon
122nd Boston Marathon
Boston Globe via Getty Images Boston Globe via Getty Images Heartbreak Hill Boston Globe via Getty Images Heartbreak Hill The climb up the famed Newton hill was that much harder in the strong, biting wind. When There's a Will, There's a Way RYAN MCBRIDE/AFP/Getty Images When There's a Will, There's a Way Even in the cruel conditions, a remarkable 95.5% of the 26,948 runners who started the race made it through the finish. Hero's Welcome Boston Globe via Getty Images Hero's Welcome Carlos Arredondo, who came to the aid of people wounded in the 2013 bombing, ran the race for the first time. Unstoppable Boston Globe via Getty Images Unstoppable Running her 14th Boston Marathon, 85-year-old Katherine Beiers braves the elements in the back of the pack.
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