Desiree Linden, who resides in Rochester Hills, celebrates after winning the women’s division of the 122nd Boston Marathon on Monday. She became the first American woman to win the race since 1985. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
Monday was a historic day for American sports as Michigan professional runner Desiree Linden crossed the finish line at the Boston Marathon as the women’s champion.
Breaking the tape with a time of 2 hours, 39 minutes and 54 seconds, Linden became the first American woman to win the Boston marathon since 1985. A native of California, Linden has spent her professional career training with the Hansons-Brooks Distance Project in Rochester Hills.
Although Linden has been a well-known name within running circles across the country, she gained many more fans after her gutsy victory. Running through awful conditions, viewers were cheering Linden on across the country and took to social media to show their support and jubilation.
Fellow famous American runners celebrate
As competitive as the runners can be, they never fail to support each other — especially their fellow countrymen.
Kara Goucher, a fellow marathoner and Olympian, was tweeting support for Linden throughout the race.