Desiree Linden

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Desiree Linden
Desiree Davila leading at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials in Houston, TX.jpg
Desiree at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials
Personal information
Born (1983-07-26) July 26, 1983 (age 31)
Height 5 feet 1 inch (1.55 m)
Weight 97 pounds (44 kg)
Country  United States
Sport Athletics
Event(s) Marathon

Desiree Nicole Linden (née Davila; born July 26, 1983) is an American long-distance track runner. She represented the United States in the 2012 London Olympics.

Early career[edit]

Desiree Linden was born in Chula Vista, California. She graduated from Hilltop High School in 2001. At the CIF California State Meet she was a finalist all four years. In both 1998 and 1999 she was 8th in the 1600,[1] 1999 saw her also attempt to double in the 800 meters, finishing last after being depleted from the 1600. In 2000, she improved that to 5th. Her best finish was 4th in 2001 in the 3200.[2] In all but the 800, she was beaten by Sara Bei.

Next she studied psychology at the Arizona State University and was a two time All-American in Track and Cross Country.[3]

Professional career[edit]

She now trains with the Hanson-Brooks Team in Michigan. She is represented by agent Josh Cox and is sponsored by Timex, Powerbar, and Oakley.

Career highlights:


  • In the Road Running World Championships 2006 in Debrecen she finished in 43rd place.
  • Her first appearance in a marathon was at the 2007 Boston Marathon, where she placed 19th in 2:44:56.



  • Linden finished second at the 2008 Houston Half Marathon and ran her personal best time of 1:12:10. This time qualified her for the 2008 U.S. Olympic Marathon Team Trials.[4]
  • At the U.S. Olympic Trials in Boston in 2008, she finished 13th in 2:37:50.
  • At the 2008 Chicago Marathon, Linden finished 5th in 2:31:33.


  • She finished in 11th place at the IAAF World Championship in the marathon and set a personal record by 3 minutes. Her time of 2:27:53 was the fastest American woman.


  • She finished in 4th place at the 2010 Chicago Marathon and set a personal record by 1 minute. Her time of 2:26:20 was the fastest American woman.


  • She finished in 2nd place at the 2011 Boston Marathon and set a personal record by 4 minutes. Her time of 2:22:38 was then the fastest time ever run by an American woman in the Boston Marathon.


  • She finished second in the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials January 14, 2012 in Houston, TX with a time of 2:25:55.[5] which qualified her to run the women's marathon at the 2012 London Summer Olympics on August 5, 2012, but did not finish.[6] Her Olympic failure was attributed to a stress fracture of the femur.


  • 2013 marked her return to competition, finishing second at the USATF Half Marathon Championships.
  • At the 2013 Berlin Marathon, Davilla finished fifth, winning her age group, in 2:29:15.[7] For this accomplishment, she was selected the USATF Athlete of the Week.[8]


Personal bests[edit]

distance performance location date
5,000 m 15:08.64 London August 6, 2011
10,000 m 31:37.14 Eugene, Oregon June 23, 2011
Half marathon
1:10:34 Naples, Florida January 16, 2011
2:22:38 Boston, Massachusetts April 18, 2011


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