Finishing first in the Boston Marathon might feel like the culmination of a career for many.
"Breaking the tape at this year's Boston Marathon was a lifelong dream come true," said Desiree Linden, the first American woman to win the race in 33 years. "But I believe I still have plenty more to give to the marathon."
Linden has set her sights on another major win this year. Organizers announced Wednesday she will participate in the New York City Marathon, the iconic race across five boroughs that will be held Nov. 4.
"I'm motivated to get back on the big stage," Linden said, "... and [I] intend to make a name for myself in another great city."
Linden's participation in the New York City Marathon coincides with what is seen by many in the running community as a wave of achievement by elite U.S. women in the past year. In addition to Linden's first-place finish in Boston, Amy Cragg took the bronze at the world championships marathon last summer, becoming the first U.S. woman in 34 years to medal at that event. Jordan Hasay set a course record in Chicago in October with a 2:20:57 time, the second-fastest time ever recorded for an American woman. One month later, Shalane Flanagan became the first American woman in 40 years to win the New York City Marathon.
"New York Road Runners has a great history with Des and we're excited to welcome her back to the TCS New York City Marathon to take on what will be one of our most talented women's open fields in decades," race director Peter Ciaccia said. "Her win in Boston continued to shine the spotlight on an incredible talented group of elite women in the U.S. and around the world."
Linden won the Boston Marathon in April under windy and rain-lashed conditions. It was her first major win after coming in second place in 2011. She placed fifth in the New York City Marathon in 2014.
The New York Road Runners typically announces its elite field in August but made an exception for Linden, who will participate in three races in NYRR's Virtual Racing Series. The first virtual race is July 1.