Runners donned trash bags and ponchos as set off to run in the 122nd annual Boston Marathon.
Approximately 30,000 runners had to bear drenching rain, temperatures in the mid-30s, and 15-20mph winds with gusts of up to 32mph on the 26.2-mile trek from Hopkinton.
Spectators stood behind metal barriers wearing jackets and gloves and carrying umbrellas - some of which turned inside out due to the strong winds - as they took pictures of and cheered on the runners.
According to the National Weather Service, some locales along the route saw one-and-half inches of rain, meaning marathon participants were likely to have soaking feet by the end.
It is not the only time, runners have faced less than favorable conditions. In 1905, temperatures hit the 100-degree mark, reported The Boston Globe. And in 2007, the race was nearly canceled due to ice and rain.
But this year, the show went on and it was a historic run at that because Desiree Linden splashed her way through the icy downpour to victory on Monday, becoming the first American woman to win the race since 1985.
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