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INSPIRING STORIES

Des Linden, Boston Champion

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A RACE YEARS IN THE MAKING

“After near misses and so many days working toward this, I feel proud and overjoyed.”

Hansons-Brooks Original Distance Project veteran Desiree Linden won the 2018 Boston Marathon in commanding fashion. Linden secured her victory in a time of 2 hours, 39 minutes and 54 seconds, more than four minutes ahead of the second-place finisher on a day that tested runners with driving rain and near gale force winds. She becomes the first American woman to win Boston since 1985.

Despite the challenging conditions, Linden ran patiently, at one point slowing to help American runner Shalane Flanagan back into the lead pack. Minutes later, she surged away from the group to bridge the gap between her and then-leader Mamitu Daska of Ethiopia. She and Gladys Chesir of Kenya passed Daska with about five miles to go. Showing her true grit and determination, Linden surged again taking the lead and rounding the corner onto Boylston with her closest competition nearly four minutes behind, never looking back.

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Title : “After near misses and so many days working toward this, I feel proud and overjoyed.”
Body : Hansons-Brooks Original Distance Project veteran Desiree Linden won the 2018 Boston Marathon in commanding fashion. Linden secured her victory in a time of 2 hours, 39 minutes and 54 seconds, more than four minutes ahead of the second-place finisher on a day that tested runners with driving rain and near gale force winds. She becomes the first American woman to win Boston since 1985. Despite the challenging conditions, Linden ran patiently, at one point slowing to help American runner Shalane Flanagan back into the lead pack. Minutes later, she surged away from the group to bridge the gap between her and then-leader Mamitu Daska of Ethiopia. She and Gladys Chesir of Kenya passed Daska with about five miles to go. Showing her true grit and determination, Linden surged again taking the lead and rounding the corner onto Boylston with her closest competition nearly four minutes behind, never looking back.
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AN INTERVIEW WITH DES

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  • “When things get tough, ask yourself why you spend time training instead of pursuing other endeavors. Whatever your reasons, use them to push on.”


  • “Don’t tense up. To run fast, you gotta stay loose. When my body tenses, I repeat the mantra, ‘Calm, calm, calm. Relax, relax, relax.’”


  • “This is your job for the duration of the race. Manage yourself, the terrain and the conditions. And make sure that you’re wearing the right gear.”


POST RACE

“We can’t overstate how big this moment is for Des and for U.S. running. She has knocked at the door of Boston year after year, and we are humbled and thrilled with her persistence. Des is a class act and now a Boston champion; all of us at Brooks are toasting to her today!” — Steve DeKoker, Brooks Sports Marketing Manager

“I never could have imagined how incredible the feeling of breaking the tape on Boylston would be if I tried. This one race has been years in the making. After near misses and so many days working toward this, I feel proud and overjoyed. […] Winning Boston is everything. I’ve always been chasing down the big W, and it changed everything for me personally, on a historic level, and the broader significance for American women and American women’s running. Life changing, I don’t think I’ve really grasped that part quite yet.” — Desiree Linden, 2018 Boston Champion

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Body : “We can’t overstate how big this moment is for Des and for U.S. running. She has knocked at the door of Boston year after year, and we are humbled and thrilled with her persistence. Des is a class act and now a Boston champion; all of us at Brooks are toasting to her today!” — Steve DeKoker, Brooks Sports Marketing Manager “I never could have imagined how incredible the feeling of breaking the tape on Boylston would be if I tried. This one race has been years in the making. After near misses and so many days working toward this, I feel proud and overjoyed. […] Winning Boston is everything. I’ve always been chasing down the big W, and it changed everything for me personally, on a historic level, and the broader significance for American women and American women’s running. Life changing, I don’t think I’ve really grasped that part quite yet.” — Desiree Linden, 2018 Boston Champion
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