UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — Some 30,000 runners slogged their way through raw, rainy and windy conditions to complete the 2018 Boston Marathon.

It was the coldest race in 30 years.

But runners didn’t just have to deal with temperatures around 40 degrees Fahrenheit. They also endured drenching rain and wind gusts in excess of 30 mph.

Japan’s Yuki Kawauchi splashed his way to victory April 16 in 2:15:58.

Flashing a wide smile, Kawauchi said, “For me, these are the best conditions possible.”

Desiree Linden, meanwhile, became the first American woman to win the Boston Marathon in 33 years.

Wet and shivering, Linden said she didn’t have the right words to describe what it feels like to run her way to victory.

She may have posted the slowest winning time in 40 years, but given the rotten conditions, it was over four minutes clear of second place.