Desi Linden

2018 Boston Marathon Champion & Olympic Marathoner

Hometown: Chula Vista, CA
  • 2007 Boston Marathon, Des placed 19th in 2:44:56, her marathon debut!
  • 2008 Houston Half Marathon, 2nd place and ran her personal best time of 1:12:10. This time qualified her for the 2008 U.S. Olympic Marathon Team Trials
  • U.S. Olympic Trials in Boston in 2008, she finished 13th in 2:37:50.
  • 2008 Chicago Marathon, Linden finished 5th in 2:31:33.
  • August 23, 2009 Linden finished 10th at the IAAF World Championship in the marathon. Her time of 2:27:53 was the second-fastest American woman.
  • 2010 Chicago Marathon, 2nd place and fastest American woman and set a personal record of 2:26:20..
  • 2010 USA Championships 10,000m (32:22.32), 3rd place
  • 2011 Boston Marathon by just two seconds and set a personal record by four minutes. Her time of 2:22:38 was then the fastest time ever run by an American woman in the Boston Marathon.
  • U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials January 14, 2012, 2nd place in Houston, TX with a time of 2:25:55
  • 2014 Boston Marathon, 10th place in 2:23:54, second fastest American woman, behind Shalane Flanagan at 2:22:02.
  • 2014 TCS New York City Marathon in 2:28:11, 5th place and  the fastest American woman.
  • 2015 Boston Marathon, in 2:25:39,4th place and  the fastest American woman.
  • 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio – Women's marathon in 2:26:08, 7th place
  • 2017 Boston Marathon, 4th place finishing in 2:25:06, with the leader Edna Kiplagat winning in 2:21:52.
  • April 16, 2018 Boston Marathon, finishing in 2:39:55. She became the first American female to win in 33 years.

Desiree (everyone calls her Des or Desi) Linden has always been known for her grit and determination.  Nothing exemplifies this more now than her most recent accomplishment; becoming the first American woman to win the Boston Marathon in 33 years.  In less than ideal conditions, Des shined as she battled her way from a near DNF (Did Not Finish) to first place at mile 22! She held on and ran for dear life, never looking back crossing the line in 2:39:55.  This is the crowning moment (literally she was crowned!) in a long career of achievements.


NATHAN has played an integral role in her training and racing. Des uses our flasks and bottles to regulate and monitor her hydration levels which she advocates is an important part of every athlete's regimen.  Leading up to the 2016 Summer Olympic games in Rio de Janiero, Des participated in a study on the effects of hydration and core temperature. The study found that when Des sipped liquids it would lower her core temp (as long as she was not above her core temperature threshold). This is where insulated bottles play a key role. Her core temp would drop upon sipping cooler liquids thus delaying the performance inhibiting effects of dehydration. She learned that through heat acclimatization, cooling and hydration she can stave off a drop in performance in steamy conditions.  Des took this knowledge with her to the hot and humid Olympic Games of Rio where she finished in a blazing 2:26:08 as 7th female.


We are proud to call Desi part of Team NATHAN!



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