Apr | 19
Brooks Athletes, Events

Desiree Davila Battles to the Finish

Desiree Davila fought to the tape to become the first American female finisher and second-place overall female finisher at the 2011 Boston Marathon. Desi clocked in at the official time of 2:22:38, an American women’s course record, making her the third fastest U.S. female marathoner of all time. Only Olympic medalists Joan Benoit Samuelson and Deena Kastor have run faster.

“I felt great during the buildup to the race and am ecstatic about my performance today,” said Davila. “To beat my personal record by three minutes and race for the win proves that my hard work really paid off. Now I’ll be able to shift my focus to the 2012 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials, and earning a spot on the team that has the honor of competing in London.”

Finishing just two seconds behind winner Caroline Kilel of Kenya, Desi spent the last five miles of the race battling for the lead. The two runners were neck and neck in the home stretch, but Kilel pulled ahead in the final few meters for the win.

“We are so proud of Desi. She ran a great race today and battled to the end,” said Jesse Williams, sports marketing manager for Brooks Sports. “We have enjoyed watching Desi’s running career grow throughout the years! She just keeps getting better each time out and makes us proud of how far the Hansons-Brooks women’s team has come since 2003.”

Desi is a member of the Hansons-Brooks Original Distance Project (ODP), an elite running group sponsored by Brooks® Sports, Inc. Founded with the mission to revive American distance running, the Hansons-Brooks ODP is one of the largest post-collegiate elite running groups in the nation. Living, working, and running together on a daily basis, they use the power of team training to reach their running goals.

Although none of the Hansons-Brooks runners were well-known college athletes, through the group-training program, the team has far exceeded expectations. Besides this year’s Boston Marathon, other high-profile Hansons-Brooks ODP successes include Desi’s fourth-place finish in the 2010 Bank of America Chicago Marathon, Brian Sell’s third-place finish at the 2007 Olympic Team Trials – Men’s Marathon, which earned him a spot on the 2008 Olympic Men’s Marathon team, Sell’s fourth-place finish at the 2006 Boston Marathon, and Trent Briney and Clint Verran’s fourth- and fifth-place finishes at the 2004 U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Men’s Marathon.

But deep down, I know what you’re asking… what shoes was Desi wearing? Why, the Brooks T7 Racers, of course!

(Shoe geeks will note that it’s the same shoe that Chrissie Wellington wore in her recent South Africa Ironman triumph – where her marathon split was the 8th-fastest of ALL competitors)

Congratulations again, Desi! We’re so proud of you!

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I'm a runner, writer, and traveler who loves running half marathons. I live in Seattle with my much faster husband and two rescue cats. I also have an inexplicable affection for otters.
  1. Gundi

    Simply awesome!! So proud of the entire H-B Team.
    Best comments about how excited folks were for her —
    a. The press room reporters were actually rooting for her, totally against their journalistic protocol.
    b. Friends were jumping up and down in their homes and offices, screaming at their computers like those crazed football fans we usually make fun of.

  2. Lance

    Ginormous congratulations to Desi! This was by far one of the most inspiring (but equally nerve-racking) finishes I’ve ever watched. She ran with such courage and heart, just some beautiful running out there. Guess this means she’s no longer under the radar? 😉

    Big congrats to the Hansons-Brooks team as well. Really looking forward to seeing all the great things to come.

  3. JuarezSMartins

    Quero parabenizar a Desirre Davila pela bela corrida realizada na maratona de Boston 2011, ela estava ótima, perfeita, absoluta, com estilo particular de correr, lindo nunca tinha visto coisa assim antes, seu semblante estava ótimo,nos ultimos 500 metros pensei que a Desirre Davila iria ganhar que pena mais não foi dessa vez, tambem tinha uma fera das pistas atrás dela a Karoline killel, ganhou com méritos. Desirre Davila você ganhou um fã de carterinha aqui no Brasil, Boston 2012 o caneco é seu, você vai brilhar nas olímpiadas, você é um monstro das pistas. que Deus ti abençoe e ti guarde.

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