Kara Goucher, Desiree Linden To Run NYC Marathon

Kara Goucher To Run New York City Marathon

Kara Goucher (Courtesy of NYRR)

We already learned that 2009 New York City Marathon champion and 2014 Boston Marathon winner Meb Keflezighi will be running the New York City Marathon for the ninth time on Sunday, November 2.

Now, two of America’s best marathoners will be joining him.

New York Road Runners (who I freelance for as host of On The Run) announced today that Kara Goucher and Desiree Linden are headlining the American women’s field at the 2014 TCS New York City Marathon.

Goucher is returning to the race for the first time since 2008, when she finished third in her marathon debut. Linden will be running New York for the first time.

Kara Goucher

Back in 2008, Goucher, 36, ran the fastest American women’s marathon debut in history in 2:25:53. She went on to finish third at the 2009 Boston Marathon, third at the 2011 and 2012 NYC Half, and to represent the U.S. in the 2012 Olympic Marathon.

But she’s been battling setbacks, including injury, for the last year and a half. Her last marathon was Boston in 2013. Since then, Goucher has completely revamped her career. She switched coaches, moved from Portland, Oregon to Boulder, Colorado, and inked new sponsorship deals with Oiselle and Skechers. She’ll return to racing at the Rock ‘n’ Roll Philadelphia Half Marathon on September 21, followed by New York in November.

“Since I ran my first marathon in New York City in 2008, I have wanted to go back and run again,” Goucher said. “I am so excited after a year of injuries and changes that my return to ‘marathoning’ happens here. New York City is a very special place for me, as I was born in Queens.”

Desiree Linden
Desiree Linden, Kara Goucher To Run New York City Marathon

Desiree Davila at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Marathon Team Trials. (Photo: C5813/Wikimedia Commons via Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license)

Linden, 31, has also had her share of setbacks over the last few years. After finishing second at the 2011 Boston Marathon in a personal-best time of 2:22:38, Linden earned a spot on the 2012 U.S. Olympic marathon team. But injury forced her out of the race.

Since then, she’s mounted a comeback, finishing second at the 2012 USA Half Marathon Championships, fifth at the 2013 BMW Berlin Marathon, and 10th at the 2014 Boston Marathon.

“I feel I’ve been preparing for my TCS New York City Marathon debut since the beginning of my marathon career,” Linden said. “I believe the course favors strong and experienced marathoners, and I’m excited that I’ve finally developed the fitness and fortitude to take on the challenging course and strong field that NYRR will assemble.”

American Runners

Other American women in the running are 2004 Olympic bronze medalist Deena Kastor, 2008 Olympian Blake Russell, and 2013 USA Marathon champion Annie Bersagel. Kastor, 41, has had a great year, setting a national masters’ record in 1:11:38 at the 2014 More Magazine/Fitness Magazine Women’s Half-Marathon. The 2006 London Marathon winner still holds four open American records, including 2:19:36 for the marathon.

Nick Arciniaga, Kara Goucher To Run NYC Marathon

Nick Arciniaga wins the Disneyland Half Marathon (Jimmy DeFlippo/Disney)

Joining Keflezighi, 39, on the men’s side are 2013 NYC Marathon top American finisher, Ryan Vail, and the 2013 USA Marathon Champion and runner-up, Nick Arciniaga and Josphat Boit. Vail, 28, ran a personal best of 2:10:57 at the 2014 London Marathon. Arciniaga, 31, is coming off a victory at the 2014 Disneyland Half Marathon, where he set a new course record.

American runners will face off against two-time reigning champion Geoffrey Mutai in the men’s competition and women’s winner Priscah Jeptoo, both from Kenya.

As a fan of the sport and having interviewed each of them over the last two years, I’m excited that Goucher is back from injury, that Linden is running the NYC Marathon for the first time, and that Keflezighi is taking on NYC for the ninth time. They’re all incredible ambassadors, bridging the gap between the pros and weekend warriors. Bring on the marathon!

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Karla Bruning


Karla Bruning is a race announcer at the TCS New York City Marathon + other major events, TV host for the New York City Triathlon + contributor to Shape, Redbook, Runner's World + other publications. She used to report for Newsweek but spent her free time squeezing in workouts. Now it's her job. She's run 8 marathons, 30 halves, 10 triathlons + open water swims. When she's not running, talking about running or writing about running, she's snuggling her baby, spoiling her dog + compulsively traveling.


09 2014

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  1. 1

    What an exciting line-up! I’m particularly excited about seeing Desiree Linden and Meb Keflezighi. I had so much cheering for the runners at last year’s race.
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    • Karla Bruning

      They’re both perpetual underdogs who manage to surprise and dazzle. You never know what they might do!

  2. 3

    I’d like to see them both do well. I like Desi – modest talent but a gutsy runner. And Meb too at 39. Wow!
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    • Karla Bruning

      I agree! Desi is a hard worker and super gutsy. I love her running style! And Meb is officially a living legend.

  3. 5

    How awesome. Cannot wait to see how they all do.

    • Karla Bruning

      I love watching races without pacers, like NYC and Boston!