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Desiree Davila

Who is Desiree Davila?

I admit, I’ve always been a big fan of Kara Goucher.  She is a pretty phenomenal athlete and seems like even cooler of a person.  However, after watching the amazing finish at the 2011 Boston Marathon along the 2012 Olympic Marathon Trials, Desiree Davila quickly became my new favorite marathoner.  To watch her run is amazing.  She looks so calm and collected, yet she is pushing every runner out there to their limits.  And after she battled it out for the finish at Boston, Caroline Kilel, the 1st place winner, collapsed, yet Desiree looked like she could easily do a few more miles.  You can watch it here.  It’s well worth your four minutes.

Desiree (or Desi) Davila is a 28 year old distance runner who holds the record for the fastest time by an American woman at the Boston Marathon (2:22:38).  She currently resides and trains in Michigan with Kevin Hanson, who is part of the Hansons-Brooks Distance Project.  During her collegiate career, she was a good runner, but not among the top runners.  In this video, she comments that after college, she knew there was something still left to prove.  She believed in herself and in her ability to be a top runner.  After finding  her coach online, she packed her bags and moved to Michigan.  It wasn’t until six years after working with Hanson, that she had her breakthrough performance in Boston.  And in January 2012, she finished 2nd at the Olympic Trails to earn a spot on the London Olympic marathon team.  I like how this article put it: Desi is like a bulldog, going out just hard enough to keep the race honest and eventually testing everyone’s guts.

Just take a look at her times and how they have progressed over the years:

-Boston Marathon, 2007: 2:44:58
-U.S. Olympic Trials, 2008: 2:37:50
-Chicago Marathon, 2008: 2:31:33
-IAAF World Championship, 2009: 2:27:53
-Chicago Marathon, 2010: 2:26:20
-Boston Marathon, 2011: 2:22:38
-U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials, 2012: 2:25:55

Desiree is engaged to fellow marathoner Ryan Linden and she collects whiskey as a hobby. As a graduate of Arizona State University, she earned several All American honors while majoring in psychology.  Since then, she has been dedicating her time to becoming one of the top American distance runners and kicking everyone’s butt in the meantime.  She is a 5’2, 100 lbs. runner with pure heart, and I can’t wait to watch her race in August!

Go Desi!!!

Desiree Davila – 2012 Olympic Trials

Photo Courtesy of Meghan Hegarty

My Running Journal with Desi leading the field during the 2012 Olympic Trials

Happy Trails and Happy Running,

2 Comments Post a comment
  1. Dave #

    If there is anyone I want to see succeed at the Olympics, it’s Desi. She has the trifecta of speed, tactics, and patience that is necessary to win big. My favorite aspect of Desi’s running is her pursuit of an honest race.

    June 22, 2012
    • Good Morning Dave!
      All three of those ladies are amazing but I remember watching her at the Boston Marathon and being completely amazed at how she raced. Calm, patient, and that amazing surge at the end! I watched an interview with her right before the Olympic Trials where she said her goal was to stick to the race plan to a T. Even if that meant not being in the lead pack or leading from the beginning. As you said, she has speed, tactics, and patience. One of the things I find so admirable about Desiree is the fact that she has worked so hard and for so long to get to this point. It wasn’t like she was in the top 5 for her first marathon. She had to work hard for it, and she definitely came out on top.
      Come August 5, I’ll definitely be cheering her on.
      Thanks for the comment!

      June 23, 2012

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