Determined cancer survivor completes Boston Marathon after midnight

  • Leukemia survivor finishes marathon at 12.18am on Tuesday
  • Mary Shertenlieb raised about $33,000 for cancer research

Cancer survivor Mary Shertenlieb didn’t let the freezing rain and fierce headwinds that harangued Monday’s 122nd running of the Boston Marathon stop her.

Shertenlieb crossed the finish line at 12.18am on Tuesday, about 13 hours after she started the race.

The leukemia survivor was at mile 15 on Monday when she went to a medical tent, shivering, with purple lips, thinking she had hypothermia.

She called her husband, Rich, and he suggested she come home, take a hot shower, put on dry clothes, then restart the run.

The couple later went back to the spot she stopped and finished together, holding hands.

Mary Shertenlieb, a leukemia survivor raising money for a cancer hospital, was at mile 15 of the Boston Marathon when conditions got so bad she had to stop.

But she was determined to complete the race. She and her husband crossed the finish line together at 12:18 a.m.

— ESPN (@espn) April 17, 2018

She raised about $33,000 for cancer research.

Rich Shertenlieb is co-host of the Toucher and Rich Show on Boston sports talk radio station WBZ-FM.

Japan’s Yuki Kawauchi was the surprise winner of the men’s race amid Monday’s frigid conditions while Desi Linden, the two-time Olympian and 2011 Boston runner-up, became the first American female champion in 33 years.


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