Desiree Linden Wins Boston Marathon

First American Woman to Win in More Than Three Decades

Des Linden won the 2018 women’s division of the Boston Marathon, becoming the first American woman to do so since 1985. She overcame a driving rain, grueling winds, and temperatures in the 30’s to win the marathon of marathons.

Desiree Linden Runs in the Boston Marathon

Desiree Linden is First American to Win the Woman’s Division in More Than Three Decades

Linden, a veteran long-distance runner, competed in the 2012 and 2016 Olympics. This was reportedly Linden’s sixth time competing in the Boston Marathon. In 2011 she finished second by just two seconds. She came in fourth in 2017. Linden trains with the Hansons-Brooks project based in Rochester Hills.

“Des represents everything good about our community,” said Mayor Bryan K. Barnett. “We couldn’t be more proud of her. She’s a determined and accomplished athlete, an Olympian, and now, the first American woman to win the Boston Marathon in 33 years! She never gives up.”

Linden received the City of Rochester Hills’ Community Excellence Award in 2016. When asked about her training, she shared that the Paint Creek Trail was one of her favorite spots. “It’s an amazing surface to go out there and log a ton of miles,” stated Linden.

The entire City of Rochester Hills congratulates Des on her historic win and we can’t wait to see the next generation of Des inspired runners hit our trails this summer.

Photos Courtesy of the Boston Marathon

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