Desiree Linden

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Desiree Linden
Davila Berlin2009.jpg
Linden in Berlin. 2009.
Personal information
Birth name Desiree Davila
Nickname(s) Desi[1]
Nationality United States of America
Born (1983-07-26) July 26, 1983 (age 35)[1]
San Diego, California, U.S.[1]
Residence Rochester Hills, Michigan, U.S.[1]
Occupation long-distance runner
Years active 2006–present
Agent Josh Cox
Height 5 ft 1 in (1.55 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
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 "Desi" Nicole Linden (née Davila; born July 26, 1983) is an American long-distance runner. She represented the United States in the 2012 London Olympics and the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics women's marathon. In 2018, she won the Boston Marathon, becoming the first American in 33 years to win the woman's category in the event.

Early career[edit]

Desiree Linden was born in San Diego, 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.


Linden 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 Hansons-Brooks Distance Project in Michigan. She is represented by agent Josh Cox and is sponsored by Timex, Powerbar, Oakley and Brooks Running[6].

Career highlights:

  • 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.[7]
  • 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.[8] which qualified her to run the women's marathon at the 2012 London Summer Olympics on August 5, 2012, but did not finish.[9] 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.[10] For this accomplishment, she was selected the USATF Athlete of the Week.[11]
Desiree Linden finishing the 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials Marathon
  • On March 19, she placed 7th at the New York Half Marathon, finishing in 1:11:05.[18]
  • On April 17, she finished 4th in the 2017 Boston Marathon, finishing in 2:25:06, with the leader Edna Kiplagat winning in 2:21:52.
Des Linden near halfway point of Boston Marathon 2018 in which she placed 1st in the women's category.
  • On April 16, she placed 1st in the women's category at the 2018 Boston Marathon, finishing in 2:39:55.[19] She became the first American to win the category in 33 years.

Personal bests[edit]

Surface Event Time Date Location
Outdoor track 5,000 m 15:08.64 August 6, 2011 London, England
10,000 m 31:37.14 June 23, 2011 Eugene, Oregon
Indoor track 3,000 m 8:51.08 March 12, 2010 Doha, Qatar
Road 20 km 1:07.08 March 18, 2012 New York, New York
Half marathon 1:10.34 January 16, 2011 Naples, Florida
30 km 1:43.50 October 10, 2010 Chicago, Illinois
Marathon 2:22:38 April 18, 2011 Boston, Massachusetts


She is an afficianado of bourbon.[20] One of her role models is Deena Kastor.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r "USA Track & Field - Desiree (Desi) Linden".
  2. ^ a b "IAAF: Marathon Result - 12th IAAF World Championships in Athletics -". Retrieved April 16, 2018.
  3. ^ California State Meet Results - 1915 to present Retrieved December 29, 2012.
  4. ^ "State Finals - 2001". Retrieved April 16, 2018.
  5. ^ Arizona State Official Athletic Site: Arizona State University Player Bio: Desiree Davila Arizona State University. Retrieved August 8, 2016.
  6. ^
  7. ^ 2008 U. S. Olympic Team Trials – Women’s Marathon: Athlete Bios: Desiree Davila Retrieved April 21, 2015.
  8. ^ "Keflezighi, Flanagan run to victory at U.S. Olympic marathon trials". Sports Illustrated. CNN/AP. January 14, 2012. Retrieved January 14, 2012.
  9. ^ NBC broadcast coverage of the 2012 London Summer Olympics
  10. ^ 40 BMW Berlin Marathon Retrieved October 9, 2013.
  11. ^ Desi Davila named USATF Athlete of the Year] USA Track & Field Retrieved October 9, 2013
  12. ^ Overall Women TCS New York City Marathon. Retrieved November 3, 2014.
  13. ^ Retrieved April 20, 2015.[dead link]
  14. ^ (June 25, 2015), Women 10000 Meter Run SR Retrieved June 26, 2015.
  15. ^ 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials - Marathon/Results Retrieved February 18, 2016.
  16. ^ 2016 U.S. OhioHealth Capital City Half Marathon - 2016 USATF Half Marathon Championships Results Retrieved June 1, 2016.
  17. ^ 2016 U.S. Ohio Health Capital City Half Marathon - 2016 USATF Half Marathon Championships Results Retrieved June 1, 2016.
  18. ^ "New York Road Runners Official Race Results". Retrieved April 16, 2018.
  19. ^ D'Andrea, hristian (2018-04-16). "2018 Boston Marathon: Des Linden is first American woman to win since 1985". SBNation. Retrieved 2018-04-16.
  20. ^

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