OK, first of all, let's stop talking about Cragg. She had an awesome run in Tokyo, but that was 6 weeks ago and she's not in this race. So most of you guys think that Desi comes in (at best) 4th American? I can see her coming in 4th overall in the whole race and beating one if not two of them. Actually, I have her coming in 3rd overall for the prediction contest, partially to distance myself from the more 'predictable' outcomes, but also because this marathon distance is fickle, Boston is fickle, the weather here tends to be mercurial, no pun intended, and Desi is just so damn sturdy when it comes to marathoning. Shalane was just about retired last Fall, Hasay still a little green at this distance, and Molly has to have a less than stellar performance someday! All this not withstanding - I couldn't be more fired up for Monday. Gone are the days where the first, and last time you see an American woman during a marathon broadcast is on the starting line.