Desiree Linden ( Mexican American) won this year’s Boston Marathon, making her the first American female to win the storied race since 1985.
The 34-year-old runner finished the 26.2-mile race with a time of 2:39:54. The weather conditions were frigid and it rained throughout the race. She told reporters afterwards that she almost didn’t make it to the end.
“Early on in the race I was feeling horrible,” Desiree said in a news conference. She also said that she told fellow runner Shalane Flanagan that she might “drop out.”
“If you need something, block the wind, whatever, let me know,” Linden recalls her words to Flanagan.
Right after the race, Linden said she was thrilled about winning, but was very exhausted.
Desiree Linden was born on July 26, 1983, she is of Mexican descent Linden represented the United States in the 2012 London Olympics and the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics women’s marathon.
In 2018,. She holds the women’s 50K world record of 2:59:54.
In high school Davila ran track and cross country, she also played soccer. She ran a sub-5 minute mile as a high school freshman and graduated from Hilltop High School in 2001.
Linden studied psychology at Arizona State University, and was a two time All-American in track and cross country.
She finished third at the 2005 Pac-10 5,000m Collegiate Championships with a time of 16:59.93. She runs about 130 miles a week when training for marathons, no matter the weather.
Raised in Chula Vista, Calif., 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 liv. in Michigan, She describes herself as an “espresso addict, music junkie, and book nerd”. The couple co-founded and operate their own coffee company, named Linden x Two.