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Unknown runner Sarah Sellers places second in Boston Marathon

Alex Reimer
April 16, 2018 - 4:15 pm

The Boston Marathon was full of surprises and historic finishes this year. The winner on the women’s side, Desiree Linden, became the first American woman to win the race since 1985. On the men’s side of things, Yuki Kawauchi became the first Japanese runner to win since 1987.

But perhaps the biggest shock of the day came when an unknown runner placed second for the women. Sarah Sellers crossed the finish line with a time of 2:44:04, prompting everyone to ask one simple question: “Who is she?”

Unlike most other elite runners, Sellers has a full-time job and trained for the marathon when her busy schedule afforded her the time. In other words, she’s a regular person. The 26-year-old Utah native works as a nurse anesthetist at Banner Health Center in Arizona. She told reporters she either hits the pavement early in the morning around 4:00 a.m. or late in the evening at 8:00 p.m.

Though Sellers was a top runner at Weber State –– she earned Big Sky All-Conference honors 15 times for cross country and track –– she was not considered a favorite to place heading into the Boston Marathon. In fact, it was only her second marathon ever.

“I think I’m going to wake up and this will be a dream,” she told Weber State Athletics. “It was a like a hurricane out there.”

Sellers won $75,000 in prize money and also qualified for the Olympic trials. 

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