“This year has been life changing, the Boston victory was a dream come true and has opened the door for me to meet so many amazing people across the country. I’m looking forward to heading to the Mississippi Gulf Coast Marathon and spending time with all the runners,” Des Linden said in a recent interview.

Special thanks to Des Linden, the 2018 winner of the Boston Marathon, who joined us in 2018 for the Third Annual Annual Mississippi Gulf Coast Marathon. The California native became the first American in 33 years to win the women’s category. She also competed in the 2012 and 2016 Olympics, representing the United States in the marathon for both games. Linden now lives in Michigan and recently placed 6th in the New York City Marathon.

Linden ran the 5K and followed that with a Q&A Session with our runners. On Sunday, she congratulated finishers of the half marathon and full marathon and even medaled a few lucky finishers. VIP participants had a special opportunity to meet her post-race at MGM Park.