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