Sarah Sellers shocked the world with a second-place finish at the 2018 Boston Marathon. She was not listed as an elite runner, and it was only her second career marathon race! Despite it being the coldest Boston Marathon in 30 years with rain and freezing temperatures, Sarah crossed the finish line in 2:44:04, qualifying her for the US Olympic trials.
Sarah is a 26-year-old full-time anesthetist at Banner Medical Center. She and her husband, Blake, live in Tucson, Arizona. Sarah has been a competitive runner since she was a kid and even ran in college at Weber State.
At Weber State, Sarah was a standout athlete, student, and a nine-time conference champion. Sarah graduated with a nursing degree, a 4.0 GPA, and was named female athlete of the year in 2012.
While a stress fracture injury left Sarah unable to run competitively for an entire year, she was able to focus on nursing school and ran to stay fit. Sarah worked four 10-hour days every week and fit speed work and tempo runs around her busy work schedule to get back into serious training.
Sarah decided to run the Boston Marathon because her brother was running. To meet the qualification requirement for Boston, she entered her first marathon in Utah where she secured her spot for Boston.
Sarah’s second place finish in the Boston Marathon surprised everyone, including herself.
“Some of the women I was passing, it was just complete disbelief,” said Sellers,” I look up to them extremely, and in no way do I consider myself on their level at all.”
Sarah plans to keep working as a nurse and to run another marathon – in better weather!
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