By finishing 2nd in Boston, Sellers shows us the power of the human spirit

Monday , April 16, 2018 - 10:30 PM


Sarah Sellers ran her first marathon in September.

She won it.

So perhaps it should come as no surprise that she nearly won her second marathon, too.

Even if it was the Boston Marathon.

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Sellers, who graduated from Weber State University, finished second Monday to Desiree Linden — the first time American women finished 1-2 at Boston since 1979.

She showed us the power of the human spirit.

Sellers, 26, grew up in Ogden. She graduated from Ogden High School before enrolling at Weber State, where she won Big Sky titles at 5,000 meters and 10,000 meters. She was named all-conference in track and cross country 15 times and honored twice as WSU’s female athlete of the year.

She also excelled academically, graduating in 2012 with a 4.0 grade-point average in nursing.

Which explains how she became a nurse in Tucson, Arizona, as well as why she competes in marathons.

Since she works full-time, said her coach, Paul Pilkington, she gets up at 4 a.m. to run. She used the Phoenix Half Marathon in February as her training race.

Monday, in a cold rain and gusty winds, Sellers said she hoped for a top 15 finish.

"For me my goal was just to stay dry for the first couple of miles as I got warmed up," she said.

She did better than that, mastering conditions that frustrated the world’s elite runners. Sellers finished in 2:44.04, about 4 minutes behind Linden.

Nobody saw it coming.

On its website, the Boston Globe asked, “Who the heck is Boston Marathon runner-up Sarah Sellers, anyway?”

“The Latest: Women's runner-up in Boston a previous unknown,” The Associated Press reported.

Sellers, who qualified for the Olympic trials, said she was just as surprised as anyone else. She doesn’t know where her running career will lead.

"Training for another marathon. ... I haven't even thought beyond Boston," she told The AP. "I'm in shock, too."

You may be in shock, Sarah Sellers, but you’ve accomplished something remarkable — you helped us understand the power of the human spirit.

You’re an inspiration.

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