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“I’m Going to Wake Up and This Will Be a Dream” LDS Woman Takes Second in Boston Marathon with "Improbable" Finish


After her incredible finish in the Boston Marathon, LDS runner Sarah Sellers's finish on Monday has been deemed "improbable." In fact, she still can't believe it. “I mean, I still can’t believe I finished second,” Sellers, 26, told “I’m going to wake up and this will be a dream.”

After her incredible finish of second place in the Boston Marathon, LDS runner Sarah Sellers's finish has been deemed "improbable" by some. 

Many of those who watched the Boston Marathon — even the ones who follow the sport of running — had the same question Monday: Who in the world is Sarah Sellers?

Sellers crossed the finish line in second place at the prestigious 26.2-mile race, in rain-soaked conditions, as a virtual unknown. Few online road-race results existed for Sellers, and she was not listed among the elite field for Boston. In the wet and windy conditions, Sellers wore a nondescript outfit, with no visible sponsors, and crossed the finish line by simply clicking the timer on her watch.

Her time of 2 hours 44 minutes 4 seconds put her second among the seven American women who placed in the top 10. Desiree Linden was the first American woman to win the race since 1985, a historic finish in a race full of surprises. But Sellers’s finish may have been the most improbable.

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