2018 Boston Marathon Champion Two-time Olympian 9 top-5 finishes at World Marathon Majors Two-time runner up at the US Marathon Trials Coffee aficionado & owner of Linden X Two Whiskey connoisseur. Music junkie. Book nerd. World Traveler.
In April of 2018, Des Linden braved headwinds and torrential rain to become the first US women’s champion at the Boston Marathon since 1985. Her win was one for the record books as she bested the field and the worst conditions in race history. Des, is a two-time U.S. Olympic Marathoner, finishing 7th at the Rio Olympic Games. She got her start at Hilltop High in San Diego suburb Chula Vista, California where she earned All-State honors. Linden attended Arizona State University where she was an All-American in both cross country and track. After graduation, she moved to Rochester, Michigan to join the Hansons Brooks Distance Project. She currently trains in Northern Michigan and continues representing Brooks. In 2019, Des returned to the Boston Marathon finishing 5th, and later that fall led the NYC Marathon field through the half marathon in 1:11:40 and finished in 6th place as the top American in the 4th fastest American time in history on the historic five-borough course. A self-proclaimed bacon aficionado, her hobbies include reading and writing, collecting assorted whiskeys, drinking Linden X Two Coffee, throwing first pitches at Major League ballgames, relaxing with her dogs Atlas and Boston, listening to good music and outrunning her husband, fellow marathoner, and Kona veteran, Ryan Linden.