Meet Shalane Flanagan, Massachusetts Native And The Fastest American Woman At The Boston Marathon

The Marblehead, Mass. native finished seventh overall in Monday’s marathon.

1. This is Shalane Flanagan, she just absolutely killed it at the Boston Marathon. She came in seventh.

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2. She had an official time of 2:22.02, it’s her personal best. It was the fastest of any American woman Monday.

3. The 32-year-old runner told reporters at the finish line today that she intends on coming back every year until she wins the whole thing.

4. “I ran everything I had in me today, right until the tape,” she said at a post-race press conference Monday. “I’ll be back to run here until I win it.”

5. Flanagan also spoke about the race on Sunday, the day before the marathon:


”If I could have one wish, it would be to win this specific race on this specific day… It basically would be the highlight of my career, for sure. If I could win this specific Boston: It has the most power, the most meaning behind it, of all the Boston Marathons that would be run.”

6. At the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, Flanagan took home the bronze medal for the 10,000 meter race. She became only the second American woman to medal in the event.

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7. She’s been called a hometown favorite by Bostonians. And let’s face it, she knows what Boston likes.

Happy Easter! Shake out run fueled by Dunkin.......just coffee today.

— ShalaneFlanagan (@Shalane Flanagan)

8. It’s not just about repping Dunkin Donuts, though. She went to Marblehead High School, a small town 20 minutes north of Boston.

“@megrunnergirl: .@shalaneflanagan, you win the award for most beautiful hometown. ” thank you! I agree:)

— ShalaneFlanagan (@Shalane Flanagan)

9. She was a major Marblehead High School track and cross country star. Shocking right?

10. Today, though, she had two coasts rooting for her. She currently lives in Portland, Ore. where she’s a volunteer assistant coach for Portland State University’s women’s cross country team.

“@leasurepdx:Oregon crew is so excited for you! Almost time for your diva feet to fly!!! ” love my Oregon/nike family!

— ShalaneFlanagan (@Shalane Flanagan)

11. Basically, she impressed everyone today.

12. And to have a Massachusetts native so close to first was obviously a huge deal this year.

Boston is just as proud of you, Shalane Flanagan, as we are of Meb & all runners. Thanks for giving it your all & giving us a great day.

— Matt_Terrill (@Matt Terrill)

Shalane Flanagan has run 15 miles in less time than it takes me to motivate myself to put pants on when I'm hung over. #BostonMarathon

— morninggloria (@Erin Gloria Ryan)

Watching Shalane Flanagan interview in tears. The most enjoyable race she's ever run. She loves Boston and so do I.

— lemead (@Lindsey Mead)

New American Record for @ShalaneFlanagan on @bostonmarathon course! 2:22:02. You are a hero sister! BIG LOVE

— oiselle (@oiselle)

Rita Jeptoo is a legend, but if she breaks the course record, she should thank @ShalaneFlanagan

— karagoucher (@Kara Goucher)

17. Way to go Shalane!

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