Desiree Linden on her way to winning the Boston Marathon (Getty Images) © Copyright
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Linden to race New York City Marathon

Boston Marathon champion Des Linden will race the TCS New York City Marathon on 4 November, making her second appearance at the IAAF Gold Label event after finishing fifth in 2014.

“Breaking the tape at this year’s Boston Marathon was a lifelong dream come true,” said Linden, who earlier this year became the first US woman in 33 years to win the Boston Marathon. “At that moment, it felt like it was the culmination of my career, but I believe I still have plenty more to give to the marathon.

“I’m thrilled to head to the TCS New York City Marathon this fall. I’m motivated to get back on the big stage that NYRR will undoubtedly put together and intend to make a name for myself in another great city.”

Linden, 34, has had eight top-five finishes in Abbott World Marathon Majors races in her career. She finished second at the 2010 Chicago and 2011 Boston marathons and placed fifth in Berlin in 2013 and New York in 2014.

She was forced to drop out of the London 2012 Olympic marathon with an injury, but got her redemption four years later in Rio by finishing seventh.

“New York Road Runners has a great history with Des and we’re excited to welcome her back to the TCS New York City Marathon to take on what will be one of our most talented women’s open fields in decades,” said Peter Ciaccia, president of events for NYRR and race director of the TCS New York City Marathon.

“Des is the consummate pro, both on and off the roads. Her win in Boston continued to shine the spotlight on an incredibly talented group of elite women in the US and around the world.”

Organisers for the IAAF