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
Birth name Desiree Davila
Nickname(s) Desi[1]
Nationality USA
Born (1983-07-26) July 26, 1983 (age 32)[1]
Chula Vista, California, USA[1]
Residence Rochester Hills, Michigan, USA[1]
Education Hilltop High School 2001
Arizona State University 2005[1]
Occupation long-distance runner
Years active 2006–present
Agent Josh Cox
Height 5 ft 2 in (1.57 m)[1]
Weight 100 lb (45 kg)[1]
Spouse(s) Ryan Linden[1]
Other interests collecting whiskey and tapestries[1]
Country  United States
Sport Athletics
Event(s) 10,000 meters, Half marathon, Marathon
College team track
cross country
Club Hansons-Brooks Distance Project[1]
Coached by Kevin Hanson[1]
Achievements and titles
World finals
National finals
Olympic finals 2012 women's marathon: did not finish
Personal best(s)
  • 5,000 m: 15:08.64
  • 10,000 m: 31:37.14
  • Half marathon: 1:10:34
  • Marathon: 2:22:38

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

Early career[edit]

Desiree Linden was born in Chula Vista, California.

High school[edit]

In high school Linden ran track and cross country, and played soccer.[1] She ran a sub-5 minute mile as a high school freshman and graduated from Hilltop High School in 2001.[1] At the CIF California State Meet she was a finalist all four years. In both 1998 and 1999 she was 8th in the 1600.[3] 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.[4] In all but the 800, she was beaten by Sara Bei.


Next she studied psychology at Arizona State University and was a two time All-American in track and cross country.[5] She finished third at the 2005 Pac-10 5,000m Collegiate Championships (16:59.93).[1]

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.[6]
  • 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.
  • On August 23, 2009 Linden finished tenth at the IAAF World Championship in the marathon and set a personal record by 3 minutes. Her time of 2:27:53 was the second-fastest American woman.[2]
  • She finished second at the 2010 Chicago Marathon, setting a personal record by one minute. Her time of 2:26:20 was the fastest American woman.
  • Linden came in third at the 2010 USA Championships 10,000m (32:22.32)[1]
  • Linden finished second at the 2011 Boston Marathon by just two seconds and set a personal record by four minutes.[1] Her time of 2:22:38 was then the fastest time ever run by an American woman in the Boston Marathon. After her success in Boston she was invited to throw the first pitch at a Detroit Tigers game.[1]
  • She finished second in the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials January 14, 2012 in Houston, TX with a time of 2:25:55.[7] which qualified her to run the women's marathon at the 2012 London Summer Olympics on August 5, 2012, but did not finish.[8] 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.[9] For this accomplishment, she was selected the USATF Athlete of the Week.[10]

Personal bests[edit]

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


One of her role models is Deena Kastor.[1]


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