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Des Linden will race the Boston Marathon on Oct. 11, becoming the first elite runner to sign up for the elite field.
Linden, who in 2018 became the first U.S. female runner to win the world’s oldest annual marathon since 1985, made the announcement while in Boston on Patriots’ Day, which would normally be the date of the 26.2-mile race.
It was announced on Jan. 26 that the 125th Boston Marathon was pushed back to Oct. 11 this year due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The Boston Marathon was canceled last year for the first time.
Linden, a 2012 and 2016 Olympian, was fourth at the 2020 U.S. Olympic Trials. The 37-year-old finished fifth in the last Boston Marathon in 2019. This will be her eighth Boston Marathon.
Last week, Linden became the first woman to break three hours in a 50km, which is five miles longer than a marathon.
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