Desiree Linden, the 2018 Boston Marathon champion, said coming to Dallas for an appearance at Saturday’s Brinks Home Security 5K was an easy yes.
“This is for a good cause,” said the two-time U.S. Olympic marathoner, who is training for the New York City Marathon on Nov. 4. “It’s a quick trip. It’s a place I can go and still get my training miles in. The date worked really well. I was excited to get back to a running community that has a big presence.”
Linden, 35, was last in Dallas as a 2016 Olympic hopeful, participating in the Duo to Rio Relay, held in conjunction with the Dallas Marathon, in December 2015.
Brinks Home Security CEO Jeff Gardner started making arrangements for Linden’s upcoming trip to Dallas days after the Boston Marathon. Gardner had also run the infamously cold, wet race. Moments after finishing, he learned that Linden had won, becoming the first American woman to do so in 33 years.
“I was so impressed with her being the first American to win in so long and how she ran through those conditions that I thought it would be cool to have her here,” Gardner said.
Before Boston, Linden had a standout career, highlighted by a string of at least six exceptional runner-up finishes. She knew she had the training and possessed the mental tenacity to persevere through Boston’s brutal race day conditions.
“From a mental standpoint, it relieves a lot of pressure,” Linden said by phone last week. “I’ve been second so many times. It kind of got to the point where I thought: ‘That’s all I’m going to get. I’m not going to have the big highlight on my résumé.’
“Now I have it. Now, I can take a few more risks in that regard. I don’t have to be so cautious, trying to chase down the big win. I can try to hit it out of the park, and, if it all goes wrong, no biggie. But, it could get even better.”
Gardner, an avid runner, and his teenage son, Brock, organized this fall race, the Moni 5K in 2016 and 2017, as a service project to benefit underprivileged children.
“Our goal was to create a first-class race that would be of interest to highly competitive runners as well as fun runners and walkers,” Gardner said.
The race’s mission hasn’t changed, but the name did following a February 2018 licensing agreement between Moni Smart Security, formerly Monitronics, and The Brink’s Company. Moni has been rebranded as Brinks Home Security.
The 5K has a generous prize purse for its elite field. The overall men’s and women’s winners earn $1,000. The runners-up receive $750, and the third-place finishers get $500.
The 2018 edition has already raised $50,000 for Mission 500, a non-profit that works closely with the security industry to serve the needs of children and communities in crisis.
While much has changed for Linden since her dramatic victory, much is the same, she said.
“Running is still running,” she said. “It is right foot, left foot, repeat. I’m still chasing down big goals. There are just a lot more people requesting my time, which is the best problem in the world to have.”
Briefly: North Texas has one of its largest contingents of triathletes participating in Saturday’s Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii. There are 25 athletes. The majority qualified at races across the world. Several earned slots through special Ironman-sponsored drawings and programs. … Dallas’ Ingrid Mollenkopf clocked a 2-hour, 41-minute, 37-second finish at Sunday’s Chicago Marathon. She earned the “B” standard for the 2020 U.S. Olympic Team Trials for the marathon, which will be held on Feb. 29, 2020 in Atlanta. … McKinney’s Kyle Heffner, a 1980 U.S. Olympic marathon team member, said he will plan another attempt to break the world record for the longest span between sub-three hour marathons. On Sunday, Heffner was on record pace until his hamstring locked up at Mile 18 in Chicago.
Aga Khan Foundation Walk/Run, Frisco Square, 8874 Coleman Blvd., Frisco, 5K 7:30 a.m., super hero fun run 8:30 a.m., prices vary, runsignup.com, then search by race name.
Argyle Run for our Sons, Hilltop Elementary School, 1050 Harrison Lane, Argyle, 1K 8 a.m., 5K 8:30 a.m., join.parentprojectmd.org, then search events.
Big Ass Medal Run 5K/10K, Little Elm, Hula Hut, 210 East Eldorado Parkway, Little Elm, 8:30 a.m.,5K $45, 10K sold out, getracing.org, then search events.
Brinks Home Security 5K Brinks Home Security, 1990 Wittington Place, Farmers Branch, 8 a.m., $25, raceroster.com,
Crazy Water 5K, NW 4th Avenue at NW 7th Avenue, Mineral Wells, 8:30 a.m., 5K $30 with T-shirt, $10 without, fbcmwtx.org.
Del Frisco’s 5K Walk/Run, Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse, 2323 Olive St. (at McKinney Avenue), Dallas, 5K 9 a.m., 1-mile kids race $20, adult timed 5K $30, delfriscos5k.com.
First United Methodist Church Mission 5K/Fun Run, First United Methodist Church, 128 N. Robert Road, Cedar Hill, 7:30 a.m., $30, thedriven.com, then search event list.
The Quick Getaway 5K, 110 W. Division St., Pilot Point, 8 a.m., 5K $45, 1-mile $25, bonnieandclydedays.org.
Guns N Hoses 5K, Custom Car Show & BBQ Cook-Off, El Dorado Chevrolet, 2300 N. Central Expressway, McKinney, 8 a.m., prices vary, getmeregistered.com, then search by race name.
Heart of Duncanville 5K, Ben Franklin Apothecary, 302 N. Main St., Duncanville, 5K $25, 1-mile $15, 8:30 a.m., heartofduncanville5k.com.
Lake Joe Pool Pumpkin Run, Lynn Creek Park, 5700 Lake Ridge Parkway, Grand Prairie, 1-mile 8 a.m., 10K/5K 8:30 a.m., $30 today, $35 race day, pumpkinrun.us.
Nebraska Furniture Mart 5K Halloween Run/Walk, Nebraska Furniture Mart, 5600 Nebraska Furniture Mart Drive, The Colony, 50-yard dash for kids 13 and under 8:30 a.m., 5K 14 and over 8:45 a.m., 50-yard dash $10, 5K $30, nfm.com, then search events.
The Party Run 5K/10K, Murphy Central Park and Amphitheater, 550 North Murphy Road, Murphy, 4 p.m., prices vary, thepartyrun.com.
Run for the Retrievers 5K/1-mile, Canyon Falls Welcome Center, 6950 Canyon Falls Drive, Argyle, 8 a.m., prices vary, dfwlabrescue.org, then search events.
Run Out Domestic Violence – Holly Martin Memorial 5K, Bonham Parks and Recreation, 1100 W. 5th St., Bonham, 8:30 a.m., fun run 8:30 a.m., 5K 8:45 a.m., prices vary, getmeregistered.com, then search by race name.
Shannon Brewing Co. Monster 5K, Shannon Brewing Company Monster 5K, Shannon Brewing Company, 818 North Main St., Keller, 9 a.m., $42 plus online sign up fees, dallasathletesracing.com.
Shoots and Ladders 5K/10K, Amphitheatre at Oak Point Park, 2801 E. Spring Creek Parkway, Plano, 10K 9 a.m., 5K 9:15 a.m., 5K $40, 10K $50, amptrunning.com.
Crazy 8 5K Fall Series (through Nov. 28), Noble Rey Brewery, 2636 Farrington Drive, Dallas, 7 p.m., $120 for the 8-week series, 5K with T-shirt $20, 5K without T-Shirt $15, run2wintimingservices.com. There is no run on Nov. 21.
North Texas qualifiers at Ironman World Championships in Kona
|Lauren Brandon||33||Fort Worth|
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