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Social Media Reacts to Desiree Linden’s Record-Setting Race

The people's champion set a new 50K world record and the internet LOVED IT.

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ICYMI: Desiree Linden succeeded in her 50K world record (technically speaking, a world best) attempt at the Brooks Running 50K & Marathon in Eugene, Oregon on Tuesday.

[You can read our entire race report here.]

Even before the race began, the hype around the attempt was real. Linden took to social media to acknowledge why: “The point is to bring you along,” she wrote on Twitter. “To help you feel invested in the results.”

It certainly felt like everyone was invested. On April 7, Brooks Running released a promo video highlighting one of Linden’s biggest efforts in her training leading up to the race.

Fast Women’s Alison Wade was quick to take note that the reason the video showed up in her feed was because it was re-tweeted by the now-former record holder.

The race specifics (where, when, etc.) were kept pretty tightly under wraps. People knew generally when it was happening, but it wasn’t until nearly 24 hours before race time that Linden’s agent, Josh Cox, informed social media of the specifics on the record attempt, including: “Live coverage is impossible but a short film will be produced and updates will be provided.”

Support rushed in from every corner of the internet, including top elites like Molly Huddle and 2020 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials winner Aliphine Tuliamuk.

As the race started, staff writer Jonathan Gault noted that “special things happen when Linden races in a jacket,” alluding to her epic and unforgettable win at the 2018 Boston Marathon.

The limited updates given throughout the race kept Twitter busy trying to keep track of where Linden was and calculate if she was still on pace.

(Hint: She was. Boston Marathon Pro Mary Kate Shea informed everyone that Linden’s time at the half of 1:15:47 meant she was running at an average 5:47-per mile, well ahead of the required 6:01 pace.)

Due to these COVID times, there was limited crowd support at the race, and Kara Goucher was calling for spectators to be proxies of the internet’s collective enthusiasm.

Because we all wished we could be there, watching THIS happen.

Seriously. The internet could not look away.

Some runners were trying to help their non-runner friends and followers grasp the impressiveness of this race.

While others were busy thinking about how insane Linden’s running is compared to their own.

Toward the end, people were getting antsy for updates. (Our team included.)

With Alison Wade bringing in some perspective: Hey, at least we have social media!

Whoever was handling Brooks’s social during this race, bravo: you encapsulated our feelings to a T.

People were putting everything on hold to hear the results.

And there was no bigger relief than actually getting to see the epic finish, and confirm Linden’s record-setting finish time of 2:59:54.

The congratulations poured in from elites and age-groupers alike.

Including Aly Dixon.

People were equally emotional and impressed.

But everyone was ready to cheers and celebrate the one, the only, Des Linden.