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Des Linden

In 2018 Des Linden became the first American woman in 33 years to win the Boston Marathon. She also set a 50K world record in 2020.

Des Linden running on a paved trail

Des Linden ran the Boston Marathon in 2:28:37.

Des Linden returned to run America's most historic race and finished with a time of 2:28:37. If you're gearing up for your own marathon, click below for tips to get ready.

Watch Des drop in on some unsuspecting runners as they train for Boston.

Des Linden with illustrated lines

Des grabs a new title

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 name her our new Chief Running Advisor.

In this role, she'll become an integral part of the ideation process as Brooks pushes the boundaries in technology and innovation, particularly in our BlueLine Lab. She'll also sit on the inspiring Coaches Program Panel and work to engage run crews as our brand ambassador.

As always, Des will be an advocate for all runners and continue to encourage everyone to keep showing up.

Des' go-to gear

Yes, you can dress like the pros. Here are a few of Des' favourite pieces for when the weather gets rough.

Des Linden with dog

Lightning Round

What gets you out the door on tough days?

I think about my goals. The only way to get there is to put in the work – no excuses.

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.

"The run is a chance to clear my mind, work through problems, be creative, think about everything or think about nothing. I need the run to get in the right head space for my day."

In her own words

Like dogs? Love music? Des' social media is filled with both, making us happy on a daily basis.

Des Linden with dog cartoon

Des-inspired colouring pages for post-run R&R.

slow down sign

Need for speed

Celebrate Des’ speedy running with this colouring page.

bottle of bourbon cartoon

Run Happy hour

Nothing like a post-run treat to motivate your kilometres. Print this page and pour yourself a drink.

Illustration of Des Linden with speech bubble asking her dog “Time for a run, Boston?”

Meet Boston.

Yeah, Des’ dog is named Boston. That’s dedication. Any run is better with a four-legged friend. Especially when you’re training for a marathon.

keep showing up sign

No umbrellas here

Commemorate Des’ spectacular (and soggy) 2018 Boston Marathon win with some bright colours.


Want to find out which shoe propelled Des to victory in 2018?

Boston Marathon 2018 winner shoe