For Shalane Flanagan, Sunday’s New York City Marathon was more than a foot race. In 26 miles, she also found a rush of thoughts running through her mind.
Five days after the city was shaken by a terrorist who killed eight people in lower Manhattan, Flanagan drew upon the inspiration she found running through the five boroughs, lifting her to become the first American woman to win the marathon in 40 years.
“This last week has been really hard as a nation and in New York,” Flanagan said. “We always need a reason to smile in tough times and hopefully I can bring a few smiles to people’s faces today.”
Flanagan, 36, was in the 2013 Boston Marathon, hearing the blast where...