Desiree Linden
Davila Berlin2009.jpg
Linden in Berlin. 2009.
Personal information
Birth nameDesiree Davila
Nickname(s)Desi[1]
Des[2]
NationalityUnited States of America
Born (1983-07-26) July 26, 1983 (age 38)[1]
San Diego, California[1]
Education
Occupationlong-distance runner
Years active2006–present
AgentJosh Cox
Height5 ft 1 in (1.55 m)[1]
Weight100 lb (45 kg)[1]
Spouse(s)Ryan Linden[1]
Other interestscollecting whiskey and tapestries[1]
Sport
Country United States
SportAthletics
Event(s)10,000 meters, Half marathon, Marathon
College teamArizona State Sun Devils
ClubBrooks[1]
Coached byWalt Drenth[1]
Achievements and titles
World finals
  • 2009
    Marathon, 10th[3]
National finals
  • 2008
    Marathon, 13th
  • 2012
    Marathon,  Silver
  • 2016
    Marathon,  Silver
Olympic finals
  • 2012
    Marathon, DNF
  • 2016
    Marathon, 7th
Personal best(s)

Desiree "Des" 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. She holds the women's 50K world record of 2:59:54.

Early career

Desiree Davila was born in San Diego, California.

High school

In high school Davila 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.[4] 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.[5]

College

Linden studied psychology at Arizona State University, and was a two time All-American in track and cross country.[6] She finished third at the 2005 Pac-10 5,000m Collegiate Championships (16:59.93).[1]

Professional career

Linden runs for the Hansons-Brooks Distance Project in Michigan. She is represented by agent Josh Cox and is sponsored by Coros Global, Powerbar, Oakley, Boston Beer Company, and Brooks Running.[7]

Career highlights:

2006–07
2008–09
2010–11
2012–13
2014–15
2016
Desiree Linden finishing the 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials Marathon
Desiree Linden finishing the 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials Marathon
2017
2018
Des Linden near halfway point of Boston Marathon 2018 in which she placed 1st.
Des Linden near halfway point of Boston Marathon 2018 in which she placed 1st.
2019
2020
2021
2022

Personal bests

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

Personal life

Linden is an aficionado of bourbon.[28] One of her role models is Deena Kastor.[1]

She married marathoner Ryan Linden in 2013.[29]

References

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q "USA Track & Field - Desiree (Desi) Linden". usatf.org.
  2. ^ Miller, Jen A. (November 1, 2018). "After Boston, Des Linden Tries to Conquer New York". The New York Times. Retrieved November 3, 2018.
  3. ^ a b "IAAF: Marathon Result - 12th IAAF World Championships in Athletics - iaaf.org". iaaf.org. Retrieved April 16, 2018.
  4. ^ California State Meet Results - 1915 to present Archived October 6, 2014, at the Wayback Machine Retrieved December 29, 2012.
  5. ^ "State Finals - 2001". www.prepcaltrack.com. Retrieved April 16, 2018.
  6. ^ Arizona State Official Athletic Site: Arizona State University Player Bio: Desiree Davila Arizona State University. Retrieved August 8, 2016.
  7. ^ "Desiree Linden | Boston 2018 Winner". Brooks Running. Retrieved May 29, 2019.
  8. ^ 2008 U. S. Olympic Team Trials – Women’s Marathon: Athlete Bios: Desiree Davila Archived March 16, 2012, at the Wayback Machine Retrieved April 21, 2015.
  9. ^ "USATF - Events - 2008 U.S. Olympic Team Trials - Track & Field". www.usatf.org.
  10. ^ "Keflezighi, Flanagan run to victory at U.S. Olympic marathon trials". Sports Illustrated. CNN/AP. January 14, 2012. Retrieved January 14, 2012.
  11. ^ NBC broadcast coverage of the 2012 London Summer Olympics
  12. ^ 40 BMW Berlin Marathon Retrieved October 9, 2013.
  13. ^ http://www.legacy.usatf.org/News/DESI-DAVILA-NAMED-USATF-ATHLETE-OF-THE-WEEK.aspx Desi Davila named USATF Athlete of the Year] USA Track & Field Retrieved October 9, 2013
  14. ^ Overall Women TCS New York City Marathon. Retrieved November 3, 2014.
  15. ^ http://www.baa.org/error-404.aspx?reqUrl=/2015/cf/public/pg_MobileAthleteTrackCurrentLeaders.cfm Retrieved April 20, 2015.[dead link]
  16. ^ (June 25, 2015), Women 10000 Meter Run SR Retrieved June 26, 2015.
  17. ^ 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials - Marathon/Results Retrieved February 18, 2016.
  18. ^ 2016 U.S. OhioHealth Capital City Half Marathon - 2016 USATF Half Marathon Championships Results Retrieved June 1, 2016.
  19. ^ 2016 U.S. Ohio Health Capital City Half Marathon - 2016 USATF Half Marathon Championships Results Retrieved June 1, 2016.
  20. ^ "New York Road Runners Official Race Results". results.nyrr.org. Retrieved April 16, 2018.
  21. ^ D'Andrea, hristian (April 16, 2018). "2018 Boston Marathon: Des Linden is first American woman to win since 1985". SBNation. Retrieved April 16, 2018.
  22. ^ "Top Finishers - Boston Athletic Association - BAA.org". raceday.baa.org. Archived from the original on September 18, 2018. Retrieved April 16, 2019.
  23. ^ "Top Finishers - 2019 Boston Marathon results Leaderboard". boston-iframe.r.mikatiming.net.
  24. ^ "U.S. Olympic Team Trials - Marathon Live Results". track.rtrt.me.
  25. ^ "Des Linden Sets the 50K World Record". April 13, 2021.
  26. ^ "Des Linden, 2018 Boston Marathon champion, sets world record for 50k race".
  27. ^ "2022 Boston Marathon results". April 18, 2022.
  28. ^ Irvine, Heather Mayer (August 11, 2016). "Eat Like an Elite: Desi Linden". Runner's World.
  29. ^ "Petoskey Wedding Photographer // Ryan Linden & Desiree Davila!". August 29, 2013.