Des Linden

Des Linden USA

In April of 2018, in the face of rain, cold, and fierce headwinds, Des Linden ran a 2:39:54 to become the first American woman to win the Boston Marathon open division in 33 years.

Linden finally broke through after seven top-five finishes in Abbott World Marathon Majors, including a near win in Boston back in 2011. Her 2:22:38 was just two seconds behind Caroline Kilel and remains her personal best. Previously, she had finished as runner-up at the 2010 Chicago Marathon and 2011 Boston Marathon and fifth at the 2013 Berlin Marathon and 2014 TCS New York City Marathon. She was forced to drop out of the London 2012 Olympic Marathon with an injury, but she got her redemption four years later in Rio by finishing seventh.

In 2016, she served as a Grand Marshal of the TCS New York City Marathon as a member of the U.S. Olympic Marathon Team. In 2017, the day prior to the marathon, she set a personal best of 16:04 in Central Park at the Abbott Dash to the Finish Line 5K, which served as the USATF 5K Championships.

Linden was one of four American women to finish in the top 10 at the 2018 TCS New York City Marathon, taking sixth place in 2:27:51.

Raised in Chula Vista, CA, Linden was a two-time NCAA All-American at Arizona State University, where she graduated with degrees in religious studies and psychology. She is married to professional triathlete Ryan Linden and they live together in Michigan, where the self-described “espresso addict, music junkie, and book nerd” also trains. The couple, along with Ben True and Sarah True, co-founded their own coffee company.

  • Date of Birth Jul 25, 1983
  • Age 36
  • Gender Female
  • Country USA
  • Residence Washington, MI, USA

RACE HISTORY

Career Highlights

Year Event Time PLACE
2018 Boston Marathon  2:39:54 1st
2017  2017 USATF 5K Championships 16:04 8th
2016  Rio Olympic Marathon 2:26:08 7th
2016  U.S. Olympic Trials Marathon 2:28:54 2nd
2015  Pan American Games 10,000m 32:43.99 2nd
2015  Boston Marathon 2:25:39 4th
2012  U.S. Olympic Trials Marathon 2:25:55 2nd
2011  Boston Marathon 2:22:38 2nd
2010 Chicago Marathon 2:26:20 2nd

NYRR RACE HISTORY

Year Event Place Time
2019 2019 NYRR Virtual Pride Run 5K 12 0:20:17
2019 2019 NYRR Virtual Global Running Day 1M 51 0:06:21
2019 2019 United Airlines NYC Half 5 1:11:22
2018 TCS New York City Marathon 2018 6 2:27:51
2018 2018 NYRR Virtual New Balance 5th Ave Mile 1 0:05:09
2018 2018 NYRR Virtual GOOAAALLL 5K 3 0:20:59
2018 2018 NYRR New York Mini 10K 14 0:35:12
2018 2018 United Airlines NYC Half 8 1:13:33
2017 2017 USATF 5K Championships 8 0:16:04
2017 2017 United Airlines NYC Half 7 1:11:05
2016 NYRR New York Mini 10K 6 0:33:17
2015 United Airlines NYC Half 2015 11 1:12:36
2014 TCS New York City Marathon 2014 5 2:28:11
2014 Oakley New York Mini 10K 2014 22 0:35:36
2014 NYC Half 2014 7 1:11:37
2013 Oakley New York Mini 10K 6 0:33:22
2012 NYRR New York Mini 10K 11 0:33:38
2012 NYC Half 2012 9 1:10:44

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