Boston Marathon includes 9 runners from Big Country, Concho Valley

122nd Boston Marathon (Boston Athletic Association)

The 122nd running of the Boston Marathon kicked off at 9 a.m.

Eight runners from the KTXS viewing area are competing. The first group of local runners starts at 9:25 a.m.

Desiree Linden splashed her way through icy rain and a near-gale headwind to a Boston Marathon victory on Monday, the first American woman to win the race since 1985.

The two-time Olympian and 2011 Boston runner-up pulled away at the end of Heartbreak Hill and ran alone through Brookline to finish in an unofficial time of 2 hours, 39 minutes, 54 seconds. That's the slowest time for a women's winner since 1978.

A field of 30,000 runners fought drenching rain, temperatures in the mid-30s and gusts of up to 32 mph on the 26.2-mile trek from Hopkinton to Copley Square.

A crowd of fans -thinned and muffled by the weather- greeted Linden with chants of "U-S-A!"

On the men's side, Japan's Yuki Kawauchi surged with a mile to go to overtake Geoffrey Kirui.

Kawauchi crossed the finish line in an unofficial time of 2:15:58. He becomes the first Japanese man to win Boston since 1987, when Seko Toshihiko won the title.

Kawauchi said through an interpreter that the wind and cold were the "best conditions possible" for the race.

Kenya's Geoffrey Kirui was second in 2:18:20, followed by American Shadrack Biwott in 2:18:35.

It is the first major title for Kawauchi.

Kawauchi sprinted out to an early lead before falling back. He surged several times during the race.

KTXS will update the times of the eight runners from the KTXS viewing as they finish.

David Lynn, 57, of Abilene - 3:28:18.

Candy Matthies, 28, of Abilene - 3:35:07

Jessica Head, 34, of Goldthwaite - 3:36:13

Charlette Squyres, 47, of Abilene - 3:36:07

Becca Simmons, 33, of San Angelo - 3:40:43

Lauren Long, 35, of Abilene - 3:44:28

Trista Box, 33 , of San Angelo - 3:50:10

Gina Mordica, 47 , of Abilene - 4:05:42

The temperature at start time was a frigid 38-degrees. It's the coldest start since 1988.

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Nine runners from the KTXS viewing area in Boston for what is considered to be the "Super Bowl of Running."

On Monday morning, approximately 30,000 runners will make their way to the starting line at the 122nd Boston Marathon, five of whom will be Charlette Squyres, Lauren Long, David Lynn, Gina Mordica and Daniel Brown, who are all residents of Abilene.

Lynn will be running in the Boston Marathon for the fourth time, Squyres and Mordica will be competing in their second Boston Marathon and Long is going to be making her debut in the Boston Marathon.

"I just don't really know what to expect," said Long.

The runners have been training for the marathon by running up to 70 miles a week.

"The Boston Marathon is the 'Super Bowl of Running'," said Lynn.

However, no amount of training can properly prepare the local runners for what Mother Nature is expected to throw their way on the day of the race.

"There is a 90 to 100 percent chance of pouring rain, up to 35 mph wind gusts and the possible accumulation of an inch of rain while we're running," said Squyres.

According to the Boston Athletic Association, racing conditions were overcast and rainy in 2015, but the race's competitors have not seen the kind of weather that they are expected to e facing on race day since that year.

Despite the anticipated inclement weather conditions, all of the local runners are looking forward to racing against some of the best runners in the world.

In addition to the five runners from Abilene, Candace Matthies of Snyder, Trista Box and Becca Simmons of San Angelo, and Jessica Head of Goldthwaite will also be competing in this year's edition of the Boston Marathon.

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