Charlevoix’s Linden Makes History by Winning Boston Marathon

BOSTON – Charlevoix resident Desiree Linden became the first American woman on Monday to win the Boston Marathon since 1985.

A California native, Linden splits her time between Charlevoix and downstate Rochester Hills, where she trains with the Hanson-Brooks Distance Project.


The 2011 Boston Marathon runner-up, Linden, 34, won with a time of 2:39.54. Lisa Larsen Weidenback, now known as Lisa Larsen Rainsberger, won the 1985 race and is a Battle Creek native and member of the University of Michigan’s Track and Field and Road Runners of America Halls of Fame.

A long-distance runner, Linden competed for the United States in the 2012 London Olympic games and the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics.