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Brooks Athlete

Des Linden

She won the Boston Marathon in 2018, set a 50K world record in 2020, and is now a 5-time Olympic Trials competitor. Oh, and did we mention 2-time Olympian? So, yeah, she knows a thing or two about running.

Des Linden
Welcome to the C suite

Brooks’ Chief Running Advisor

Des Linden’s approach to running is relatable and real, making her an inspiration to runners of all levels — that’s why we’re proud to call her our Chief Running Advisor. 


In this role, she’s an integral part of the development process as Brooks pushes the boundaries in technology and innovation, particularly in our BlueLine Lab. She also sits on the Inspiring Coaches Program Panel to engage run crews as our brand ambassador.


As always, Des is an advocate for all runners and continues to encourage everyone to keep showing up.

Lightning Round

What gets you out the door on tough days?

I think about my ultimate goal. The only way to get there is to put in the work — no excuses. Also, unboxing a new pair of shoes or gear definitely helps.

How did you start running?

It was a soccer survival tactic.

What makes your journey special?

I am the tortoise. My career path started much closer to the everyday runner. I have chipped away year after year and eventually reached the upper echelons of running through consistency, hard work, and patience.

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Des Linden pouring drinks
In her own words

"Some like to call it tapering, but I prefer putting on the finishing touches."

Des Linden running
Des Linden in Brooks gear
Des Linden in a race
Des Linden celebrating with fans
Des Linden's colouring book
Des inspired colouring pages for post run R&R.
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Tapering with Des

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Des on the run