Desiree Linden

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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 39) [1]
San Diego, California [1]
Occupation long-distance runner
Years active2006–present
Agent Josh 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]
CountryFlag of the United States.svg  United States
Event(s) 10,000 meters, Half marathon, Marathon
College team Arizona State Sun Devils
Club Brooks [1]
Coached byWalt Drenth [1]
Achievements and titles
World finals
  • 2009
    Marathon, 10th [3]
National finals
  • 2008
    Marathon, 13th
  • 2012
    Marathon, Silver medal icon.svg Silver
  • 2016
    Marathon, Silver medal icon.svg 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]


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:

Desiree Linden finishing the 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials Marathon Linden LA16.jpg
Desiree Linden finishing the 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials Marathon
Des Linden near halfway point of Boston Marathon 2018 in which she placed 1st. Desiree Linden.jpg
Des Linden near halfway point of Boston Marathon 2018 in which she placed 1st.

Personal bests

Outdoor track5,000 m15:08.64August 6, 2011London, England
10,000 m31:37.14June 23, 2011Eugene, Oregon
Indoor track3,000 m8:51.08March 12, 2010Doha, Qatar
Road20 km1:07.08March 18, 2012New York, New York
Half marathon1:10.34January 16, 2011Naples, Florida
30 km1:43.50October 10, 2010Chicago, Illinois
Marathon2:22:38April 18, 2011Boston, 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]

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