Hansons-Brooks Original Distance Project veteran Desiree Linden won the Boston Marathon in commanding fashion on April 16th, 2018. She becomes the first American woman to win the race in 33 years, headlining a banner day for the Hansons-Brooks Original Distance Project.
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.
Brooks sponsors professional athletes such as Des Linden to inspire runners everywhere and to invest in the sport of running. Other investments into the sport include supporting Linden’s team the Hansons-Brooks Original Distance Project and the Brooks Beasts Track Club; the Inspiring Coach of the Year Award, which recognizes coaches who create meaningful change in their communities; and the Brooks Booster Club, which supports underfunded high school track and cross country teams.
“We can’t overstate how big this moment is for Des and for US running,” said Brooks Sports Marketing Manager Steve DeKoker. “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!”
“Des runs well at Boston because it’s such a technical course,” said Hansons-Brooks Original Distance Project Coach Kevin Hanson. “The weather today made it a tactician’s race and we knew the smartest racer would win. Seeing her reach this dream of hers is beyond gratifying. I’m thrilled and so, so proud of her.”
Des Linden’s Boston Marathon 2018 win is her first World Marathon Major win, and the first win for the Hansons-Brooks Original Distance Project team. It also led the way for a number of other important finishes for the team, marking a notable day for the Hansons. Teammate Shadrack Biwott finished third overall, first for US men, in a time of 2:18:35. Dot McMahan finished 11th overall in 2:48:57. In addition, Brooks runner and 2018 Special Olympics USA Games athlete Andy Bryant completed his ninth Boston Marathon, finishing in 3:14:15.
“I never could have imagined how incredible the feeling of breaking the tape on Boylston would be if I tried”, said Hansons-Brooks Original Distance Project Runner Desiree Linden. “This one race has been years in the making. After near misses and so many days working toward this, I feel proud and overjoyed.”