Desiree Linden 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. Desiree 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. “I left it all out there,” Desiree said.
Desiree has been competing in the Boston Marathon on and off since 2007.
— des_linden (@des_linden) December 11, 2017
This is the first time an American has won the women’s competition of the Boston Marathon since 1985.
1985: American Lisa Rainsberger wins the #BostonMarathon.
2018: American Desi Linden wins the #BostonMarathon.
The drought is over.
— Kevin Liao (@RunLiao) April 16, 2018
In the women’s category, women from Kenya and Ethiopia have been dominating the iconic race.
Desiree has been a long distance runner since her high school days in Chula Vista.
#Repost @arunnerseye with @repostapp. ・・・ Runners of the Olympic Trials What would it mean for you to make the 2016 U.S. Olympic marathon team? "That would be huge I think. Making my first Olympic team was awesome and a great experience, but this one is a little bit more about redemption. I'm going to go in there and get a second chance, you don't always get those and I've worked really hard to have that opportunity so I think it would be a nice stamp on the last 4 years and another shot at the finish line at the Olympics would be great." – @des_linden #ARunnersEye #Running #Training #RoadToRio
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Desiree says her husband, also a marathon runner, Ryan Linden is one of her biggest supporters.
— Liam Martin (@LiamWBZ) April 16, 2018
Desiree — who’s surname was formally Davila — said she wasn’t sure if her husband would be there or watching the race on TV somewhere. But he did not let her down and was there at the finish line to celebrate her victory.