Houston Marathon Committee, Inc.

Desiree Davila

Residence: Rochester Hills, MI
Hometown: San Diego, CA
Age on race day: 28

Best Qualifying Performance: 2:22:38, Boston, 2011
PRs: Half Marathon, 1:10:34 (2011); Marathon, 2:22:38 (2011)
Olympic Trials Marathon History: 13th, 2008 (2:37:50)

Career Highlights:

2011 Boston Marathon runner-up (2:22:38)
4th – 2010 Bank of America Chicago Marathon (2:26:20)
10th – 2010 World Indoor Championships 3000m
11th – 2009 IAAF World Championships Marathon (2:27:53)

Additional Highlights 2009-11:


4th – USA Track & Field Championships 10,000m
6th – USA Track & Field Championships 5000m
Ran PB 15:08.64 for 5000m at Aviva London Grand Prix in August, #3 in U.S. for 2011


4th – Bank of America Chicago Marathon (2:26:20)


4th – USA Half Marathon Championships (Houston Aramco, 1:12:24)

Of Note:

Davila’s 2:22:38 made her the fastest U.S. woman ever in Boston Marathon, was the fastest time of 2011 by an American woman, and ranks her as #3 woman on the American all-time list … It was the highest finish by a U.S. woman in Boston since Kim Jones in 1993 … Including her debut at the distance at the 2007 Boston Marathon (2:44:56), she has run six marathons, each one faster than the last … Trains with Hansons-Brooks Distance Project … Earned BA in Religious Studies and BS in Psychology from Arizona State University, where one of her teammates was Amy Hastings, also a top Trials contender. They remain best friends … Is engaged to Ryan Linden, with plans to marry in 2013.

Twitter: @des_davila

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